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SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES TWO SUMMER WITH THE SYMPHONY PROGRAMS: BEN FOLDS WITH THE SF SYMPHONY AND THE TRAILBLAZING MUSIC OF JONI MITCHELL, CAROLE KING & CARLY SIMON

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, AND VIOLINIST LISA BATIASHVILI EMBARK ON THREE-CONCERT CALIFORNIA TOUR, MARCH 20–22

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN THREE PROGRAMS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH

Press releases

Jan 18, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN’S CHORUS PRESENTS “ALL WE NEED IS LOVE” WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, JUNE 18 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Tickets are on sale now at sfsymphony.org

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Jan 10, 2024

MUSIC DIRECTOR LAUREATE MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN MAHLER’S SYMPHONY NO. 5, JANUARY 25–27

MTT and the Orchestra celebrate 50 years performing Mahler together with these concerts; MTT made his debut with the Orchestra in January 1974, conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, launching an unprecedented partnership

This program marks MTT’s final subscription series with the San Francisco Symphony

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Jan 9, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENTS LUNAR NEW YEAR: YEAR OF THE DRAGON, FEBRUARY 17, 2024, AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Mei-Ann Chen leads the Orchestra in a program highlighting works by Asian composers including Che Chang, Chen Ge Xin, Vivian Fung, Huang Ruo, Li Huan-Zhi, and Phoon Yew Tien

Violinist Paul Huang joins Chen and the Orchestra to perform music from Tan Dun’s Violin Concerto: Fire Ritual

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Jan 4, 2024

Calendar update: SF Symphony cancels March 8 & 9 SoundBox program

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Jan 3, 2024

GUEST CONDUCTORS DALIA STASEVSKA AND JUKKA-PEKKA SARASTE LEAD THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2024

Jan 18–20 Stasevska leads the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring pianist Seong-Jin Cho in his Orchestral Series Debut, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Feb 2–4 Saraste conducts Schubert’s Symphony No. 6 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7

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Dec 20, 2023

MUSIC DIRECTOR LAUREATE MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN MAHLER’S SYMPHONY NO. 5, JANUARY 25-27

MTT will withdraw from conducting previously announced January 18-20 and February 23-25 programs in order to focus on his health

Dalia Stasevska steps in for MTT January 18–20, conducting Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 with Seong-Jin Cho and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9

Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the February 23-25 program, featuring Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Julia Fischer and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella

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Dec 14, 2023

CONDUCTOR JUKKA-PEKKA SARASTE REPLACES HERBERT BLOMSTEDT IN SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PERFORMANCES OF BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 7 AND SCHUBERT SYMPHONY NO. 6 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, FEBRUARY 2–4

Maestro Blomstedt is currently being treated in hospital after a fall and has been advised by his doctors to cancel his concert engagements until further notice

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Dec 12, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S SHENSON SPOTLIGHT SERIES HIGHLIGHTS ASCENDANT ARTISTS THROUGH FOUR DEBUT RECITALS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, JANUARY–JUNE 2024

January 31, pianist Eric Lu performs Franz Schubert’s Four Impromptus, Opus 142 and Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 3

February 21, cellist Gabriel Martins is joined by pianist Victor Santiago Asunción for a program of Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Opus 73; Claude Debussy’s Cello Sonata No. 1; Anton Webern’s Drei kleine Stücke, Opus 11; and Johannes Brahms’ Cello Sonata No. 2

March 6, violinist Alexandra Conunova presents a recital performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Adagio in E major, Edvard Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Rondo capriccioso, and Franz Waxman’s Carmen Fantasie

June 26, violinist Stella Chen and pianist George Li perform Franz Schubert’s Rondo in B minor; Eleanor Alberga’s No Man’s Lullaby; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata

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Dec 6, 2023

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN LEADS JULIA FISCHER AND THE ROYAL STOCKHOLM PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN NOBEL PRIZE CONCERT DECEMBER 8

Stream the Nobel Prize Concert live and on-demand beginning December 8 at 7:00 PM CET / 10:00 AM PT

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Nov 16, 2023

FIRST VIOLIN YUKIKO KURAKATA AND PRINCIPAL HORN ROBERT WARD RETIRE IN DECEMBER 2023

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Nov 15, 2023

Calendar update: February 23 & 24 SoundBox program canceled 

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Nov 14, 2023

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND CARTIER PRESENT A MULTISENSORY PERFORMANCE OF ALEXANDER SCRIABIN’S PROMETHEUS, THE POEM OF FIRE
MARCH 1–3, 2024
 
A COLLABORATION BETWEEN SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, PIANIST JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, AND CARTIER IN-HOUSE PERFUMER MATHILDE LAURENT

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Nov 10, 2023

SFS MEDIA RECORDINGS NOMINATED FOR TWO 2024 GRAMMY AWARDS
 
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY NOMINATED FOR BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE FOR IGOR STRAVINSKY: THE RITE OF SPRING

RAGNAR BOHLIN AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CHORUS NOMINATED FOR BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE FOR GYÖRGY LIGETI: LUX AETERNA

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Nov 7, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S EMERGING BLACK COMPOSERS PROJECT TO PARTNER WITH GAUTIER CAPUÇON FOR NEW COMMISSION

Composer Quenton Xavier Blache will receive $5,000 commission for a new piece to be featured on an upcoming album from Capuçon and premiered by the cellist at Davies Symphony Hall in the 2025–26 season

Blache was anonymously selected by Capuçon from the 2023 Emerging Black Composers Project applications

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Nov 6, 2023

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES FULL 2023 HOLIDAY CONCERT SEASON, NOVEMBER 30–DECEMBER 23, 2023, AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Special guests include vocalists Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson, Jennifer Holliday, and Ruben Studdard in The Colors of Christmas; Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández in A Merry-Achi Christmas; Troupe Vertigo in Cirque Nutcracker; and Peaches Christ, Rory Davies, Bianca Del Rio, Renée Lubin, Dylan Mulvaney, Edwin Outwater, Michael Phillis, Nikola Printz, Sister Roma from The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in Holiday Gaiety

Family-friendly performances include the Symphony’s annual Deck the Hall celebrations, Cirque Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf performed by the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra with guest narrator Tom Kenny, holiday films The Nightmare Before Christmas and Home Alone, and A Charlie Brown Christmas—Live!

The SF Symphony performs live accompaniment to three iconic holiday films: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Love Actually, and Home Alone

Conductor Jonathan Cohen leads SF Symphony, Chorus, and vocal soloists in George Frideric Handel’s Messiah and Symphony’s popular Holiday Brass program returns

Tickets for holiday concerts available at sfsymphony.org/holiday

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Nov 2, 2023

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA AND WATTIS FOUNDATION MUSIC DIRECTOR DANIEL STEWART PERFORM FIVE CONCERTS IN THE 2023–24 SEASON

November 19 season-opening concert includes Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Metacosmos, and Richard Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

Other 2023–24 SFSYO performances include the ensemble’s annual Peter and the Wolf performance, this year with narrator Tom Kenny (December 10); a concert of works by Felix Mendelssohn, Arvo Pärt, Maurice Ravel, and Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto featuring SFSYO Concerto Competition winner Hiro Yoshimura (March 17); and a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 (May 19)

The SFSYO and Music Director Daniel Stewart host the Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival on January 14, featuring five local youth ensembles

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Nov 1, 2023

THE SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR FOURTH ANNUAL EMERGING BLACK COMPOSERS PROJECT

This year’s competition looks to further identify and promote inventive Black musicians, of any music genre, under age 35; applications are due by February 1, 2024

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Nov 1, 2023

CALIFORNIA FESTIVAL: A CELEBRATION OF NEW MUSIC
LAUNCHES NOVEMBER 3, 2023

100+ Participating Organizations in 90+ Venues Across California
Showcase Music Written in Past Five Years

180+ Works, Including 36 World Premieres,
To Be Performed November 3–19 

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Oct 26, 2023

GUSTAVO DUDAMEL CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, NOVEMBER 24–26

Cuatro player Jorge Glem makes his Orchestral Series debut in the first SF Symphony performances of Gonzalo Grau’s Odisea: Concerto for Venezuelan Cuatro and Orchestra

The program also features Gabriela Ortiz’s Kauyumari and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2

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Oct 24, 2023

MAYOR BREED PROPOSES HONORING LONGTIME SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY MUSIC DIRECTOR MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS WITH STREET NAME

“MTT Way”, home to the iconic Davies Symphony Hall, would be added to the list of Commemorative Streets Names in San Francisco.

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Oct 19, 2023

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN TWO CALIFORNIA FESTIVAL PROGRAMS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, NOVEMBER 10–18, 2023

The California Festival: A Celebration of New Music, taking place November 3–19, is a two-week, statewide festival featuring 100 organizations and ensembles across the state celebrating the most innovative and compelling music composed around the world in the last five years

November 10–12 performances feature the world premiere of Emerging Black Composers Project winner Jens Ibsen’s Drowned in Light, Salonen’s kínēma featuring San Francisco Symphony Principal Clarinet Carey Bell, and Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements

November 17–18 performances feature Gabriella Smith’s Breathing Forests with organist James McVinnie alongside two works by Igor Stravinsky: Octet for Winds and Brass and Les Noces, featuring animated shorts by artist Hillary Leben

Additional San Francisco Symphony’s California Festival programming includes performances of works by Clarice Assad, Jason Hainsworth, Betsy Jolas, and Sarn Oliver, as well as SF Symphony Youth Orchestra performance of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Metacosmos

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Oct 17, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S EXPERIMENTAL SOUNDBOX SERIES RETURNS FOR TENTH SEASON

2023–24 season includes performances curated by violinist, singer, and composer Mazz Swift, December 8–9; SF Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, March 8–9; and SF Symphony Collaborative Partner and roboticist Carol Reiley, April 5–6

New this season: SoundBox concerts begin at 8:30pm

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Oct 16, 2023

COLBURN SCHOOL AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCE TWO NEW SALONEN CONDUCTING FELLOWS

Elias Peter Brown and Aleksandra Melaniuk join San Francisco Symphony conducting staff in the 2023–24 season as an extension of their work as Salonen Fellows in the Colburn School Conservatory of Music’s Negaunee Conducting Program

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Oct 13, 2023

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASE NEW SFS MEDIA RECORDINGS ON APPLE MUSIC CLASSICAL TODAY

Newly released digital-only recordings include Anders Hillborg’s Kongsgaard Variations and Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5

Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome, recorded live in concert in June 2022 will be released on Apple Music Classical on Friday, November 3

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Oct 12, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CELEBRATES DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS WITH CONCERT, LOBBY INSTALLATIONS, COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, AND ¡FIESTA! DINNER EXPERIENCE, NOVEMBER 4

Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts the San Francisco Symphony in music by Clarice Assad, Arturo Márquez, Alfonso Leng, Silvestre Revueltas, and Arturo Rodríguez; vocalist Edna Vázquez performs a selection of songs with Harth-Bedoya and the Symphony; with performances by Casa Círculo Cultural and Canción de Obsidiana

Local artists, community groups, and Latin American cultural partners join the SF Symphony to celebrate Día de los Muertos through lobby art installations and preconcert activities

¡Fiesta! Día de los Muertos dinner packages include post-concert reception, seated dinner, and online auction plus premium concert seating

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Oct 11, 2023

GUEST CONDUCTORS ELIM CHAN AND LUDOVIC MORLOT LEAD THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2023

Oct 26–28 Chan leads the Orchestra in Gustav Holst’s The Planets featuring the SF Symphony Chorus and Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations featuring tenor Andrew Staples in his Orchestral Series debut

Nov 2–4 Morlot conducts the United States premiere of Betsy Jolas’ Latest; Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Augustin Hadelich; and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

Inspired by Pictures at an Exhibition, newly commissioned artwork by Bay Area artists Liz Hernández and Fernando Escartiz will be displayed in the Davies Symphony Hall lobby and on screen during the Nov 2–4 concerts

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Oct 10, 2023

STING JOINS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY FOR TWO CONCERTS, PERFORMING HIS MOST CELEBRATED HITS REIMAGINED FOR ORCHESTRA FEBRUARY 14 & 15, 2024

Tickets for An Evening with Sting and the San Francisco Symphony go on sale Friday, October 13, at 10am PT at sfsymphony.org

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Oct 9, 2023

FEBRUARY 15, 16 & 18 SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAL SERIES PERFORMANCES CANCELED

Alternate programming for this week will be announced at a later date

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Oct 3, 2023

MUSIC DIRECTOR LAUREATE MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 9, OCTOBER 19 & 21–22, 2023, AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

MTT and the Orchestra are joined by soprano Angel Blue, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Ben Bliss, bass Dashon Burton, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus

San Francisco Symphony Chorus celebrates its 50th anniversary with these performances, and the concerts mark Chorus Director Jenny Wong’s first performances in her new role

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Oct 1, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY MUSICIANS AND BOARD APPROVE NEW TWO-YEAR CONTRACT 

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Sep 28, 2023

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S 2023–24 CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES PRESENTS 10 PERFORMANCES AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL AND THE GUNN THEATER AT THE LEGION OF HONOR

2023–24 Chamber Music Series includes concerts at Davies Symphony Hall on November 5, December 17, January 28, April 21, May 26, and June 16

SF Symphony musicians Alexander Barantschik and Peter Wyrick, with pianist Anton Nel, perform four concerts at the Legion of Honor on October 8, December 3, January 28, and June 2

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Sep 26, 2023

CONDUCTOR ELIM CHAN REPLACES DANIEL HARDING IN SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PERFORMANCES OF GUSTAV HOLST’S THE PLANETS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, OCTOBER 26–28

Chan also conducts Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations, featuring tenor Andrew Staples; Les Illuminations replaces Ralph Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge on this program

Harding has withdrawn from these performances to step in for Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst on the Orchestra’s three-concert Israel debut in October

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Sep 21, 2023

San Francisco Symphony enters entitlement process for potential renovations to Davies Symphony Hall

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Sep 18, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN ANNOUNCE JENNY WONG AS NEXT SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CHORUS DIRECTOR

Wong is the San Francisco Symphony Chorus’s fourth Director in the Chorus’s 50-year history

The San Francisco Symphony Chorus celebrates its 50th year during the 2023–24 season

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Sep 13, 2023

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCE FOUR NEW MUSICIANS JOINING THE ORCHESTRA DURING THE 2023-24 SEASON

New musicians include Second Violin Olivia Chen, Second Bassoon Justin Cummings, Associate Principal Flute Blair Francis Paponiu, and Assistant Librarian Matthew Searing

Chen, Cummings, Francis Paponiu, and Searing are joined by new SF Symphony musicians Principal Flute Yubeen Kim and Principal Harp Katherine Siochi, whose appointments were announced in August

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Sep 8, 2023

THOMAS ADÈS WITHDRAWS FROM FEBRUARY 2024 SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND SOUNDBOX PERFORMANCES DUE TO SCHEDULING CONFLICT

Artists and programming for these concerts will be announced at a later date

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Sep 7, 2023

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S 2023–24 GREAT PERFORMERS SERIES PRESENTS EIGHT PERFORMANCES FEATURING ACCLAIMED SOLOISTS AND ENSEMBLES

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili, cellist Gautier Capuçon, and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet kick off 2023–24 Great Performers Series with special chamber music performance, October 15

Great Performers Series also features pianists Yefim Bronfman, Evgeny Kissin, Daniil Trifonov, and Yuja Wang; violinist Ray Chen; Joshua Bell & the Academy of St Martin in the Fields; and San Francisco Symphony Brass

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Sep 6, 2023

ELLIE GOULDING ANNOUNCES SPECIAL INTIMATE U.S. SHOWS THIS FALL WITH ORCHESTRA, THREE NIGHTS ONLY

Goulding appears with San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall
Monday, November 20

Additional performances:
November 16 – New York City – Kings Theatre
November 22 – Los Angeles – Walt Disney Concert Hall

Ellie Goulding’s latest critically acclaimed album Higher Than Heaven out now

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Sep 5, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONCERT BROADCASTS ON CLASSICAL KDFC MOVE TO SUNDAYS AT 7PM AS PART OF NEW “NORCAL SUNDAY NIGHTS” PROGRAMMING, BEGINNING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

San Francisco Symphony’s 2023–24 season broadcasts begin with Opening Night Gala concert, airing on October 8; KDFC will air archival recordings from the 2021-22 season September 10–October 1

This month marks KDFC’s 75th anniversary serving the Bay Area

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Aug 31, 2023

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN LEADS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN THREE PROGRAMS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL,  SEPTEMBER 29–OCTOBER 14, 2023

September 29–October 1 concerts include West Coast premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s Herald, Holler and Hallelujah!, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Leonidas Kavakos, and Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony

October 6 & 7 concerts feature world premiere of Jesper Nordin’s SF Symphony-commissioned Convergence with violinist and San Francisco Symphony Collaborative Partner Pekka Kuusisto and John Adams’ Naïve and Sentimental Music

October 12–14 concerts include world premiere of Anders Hillborg’s SF Symphony-commissioned Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Emanuel Ax, Johannes Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2  

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Aug 17, 2023

PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD, SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, AND ESA-PEKKA SALONEN PRESENT: BARTÓK PIANO CONCERTOS, RELEASED ON PENTATONE SEPTEMBER 2023

Bartók Piano Concertos will be available for physical release in September 2023 and digital release on September 15

Album released as 1 SACD and in digital formats for streaming and high-resolution downloads

Audio resolution for digital files: Spatial Audio 192/24, Spatial Audio 192/24 Stereo & 44.1/16 PCM Stereo 

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Aug 17, 2023

Esa-Pekka Salonen and San Francisco Symphony announce the appointment of two new principal musicians: Principal Flute Yubeen Kim and Principal Harp Katherine Siochi

Yubeen Kim joins the San Francisco Symphony in January 2024, succeeding former SF Symphony Principal Flute Tim Day, who retired at the end of the 2020–21 season after 14 years with the Orchestra

Principal Harp Katherine Siochi joins the San Francisco Symphony in September 2023, succeeding Douglas Rioth, who retired in December 2021 after 40 years with the Orchestra 

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Aug 14, 2023

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY OPEN 2023–24 SEASON WITH TWO PERFORMANCES AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, SEPTEMBER 22 & SEPTEMBER 23, 2023

Opening Night Gala and All San Francisco concerts interweave music and technology in a program featuring Richard Strauss’s Don Juan; Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, with baritone Simon Keenlyside; Maurice Ravel’s Boléro; and Anders Hillborg’s Rap Notes with rappers squaring off against artificial intelligence-generated verse, featuring Oakland-based musician Kev Choice, Freestyle Love Supreme’s Anthony Veneziale, and soprano Hila Plitmann

Opening Night Gala concert on September 22 is preceded by a red-carpet welcome with sparkling wine and light bites for all attendees

Two Opening Night Gala dinner packages offer an enhanced experience and are available for purchase via sfsymphony.org/gala; proceeds from the event benefit the SF Symphony’s artistic, education, and community programs

All San Francisco Concert on September 23 welcomes and pays tribute to impactful community groups and nonprofit organizations across the Bay Area 

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Aug 1, 2023

95 Organizations Throughout the State of California Announce Programs Featuring Music Composed Within the Last Five Years as They Join in The California Festival:

Two Weeks of Innovative and Compelling Music from Around the World, 
November 3-19, 2023 

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Jul 21, 2023

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASE TWO NEW RECORDINGS ON APPLE MUSIC CLASSICAL TODAY

Newly released recordings of Elizabeth Ogonek’s Sleep & Unremembrance and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring were recorded live in concert in March 2022 

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Jul 13, 2023

SINGLE TICKETS FOR ALL SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY 2023–24 SEASON CONCERTS ON SALE SATURDAY, JULY 15, VIA THE BOX OFFICE STARTING AT 10AM AND ONLINE & BY PHONE AT 12PM

New program details announced for Opening Night Gala and All San Francisco concert

Two new special events added to 2023–24 season schedule: Patti LuPone in Concert (April 14) and Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY (May 31 & June 1)

Full 2023 Holidays with the Symphony lineup announced 

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Jun 27, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CELEBRATES AND HONORS FIVE LONGTIME SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY MUSICIANS RETIRING DURING THE ORCHESTRA’S 2022–23 SEASON

Retiring musicians include Assistant Librarian John Campbell, cellists Carolyn McIntosh and Anne Pinsker, Assistant Principal Horn Bruce Roberts, and violist Wayne Roden

The retiring musicians have a combined 199 years of service to the San Francisco Symphony

The Symphony also thanks Associate Principal Second Violin Helen Kim and second violinist Eliot Lev, who both moved on from the Symphony during the 2022–23 season

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Jun 1, 2023

XAVIER MUZIK ANNOUNCED AS WINNER OF THIRD ANNUAL EMERGING BLACK COMPOSERS PROJECT PRIZE, NOW KNOWN AS MICHAEL MORGAN PRIZE

Muzik will receive a $15,000 commission and mentorship, and his piece will premiere with the San Francisco Symphony during the 2024–25 season

The award will now be called the Michael Morgan Prize in honor of the late conductor 

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May 23, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY COLLABORATIVE PARTNER JULIA BULLOCK JOINS ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND THE ORCHESTRA FOR FINAL PROGRAM OF THE 2022–23 SEASON, JUNE 29–JULY 1, AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Bullock joins Salonen and the Orchestra for songs by Margaret Bonds and George Gershwin; the program also includes Reena Esmail’s Black Iris and Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé featuring the San Francisco Symphony Chorus 

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May 16, 2023

PIANIST IGOR LEVIT JOINS ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY FOR A MULTI-WEEK CONCERT RESIDENCY, JUNE 15–27

June 15-17 Salonen conducts an all-Ludwig van Beethoven program featuring Piano Concerto No. 5, with Levit as soloist, and Symphony No. 3, Eroica

June 22, 24 and 25 Levit performs Ferruccio Busoni’s Piano Concerto with Salonen, the Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus

During his residency, Levit performs a chamber music program with members of the San Francisco Symphony on June 18, and a solo Great Performers Series recital on June 27

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May 12, 2023

BARITONE BRIAN MULLIGAN JOINS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY FOR BENJAMIN BRITTEN’S WAR REQUIEM, MAY 18–20
 

Mulligan replaces Iain Paterson, who has regretfully withdrawn from this program due to visa difficulties

Philippe Jordan leads the San Francisco Symphony in the program, which also features the SF Symphony Chorus; the Ragazzi Boys Chorus; and soprano Jennifer Holloway and tenor Ian Bostridge in their Orchestral Series debuts 

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May 11, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES SUMMER WITH THE SYMPHONY SEASON WITH CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL AND OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES AT FROST AMPHITHEATER, SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, AND SIGMUND STERN GROVE, JULY 4–AUGUST 5, 2023

Conductors Edwin Outwater, Anna Rakitina, and Joshua Weilerstein lead classical programs at Davies Symphony Hall with performances by violinist Alexi Kenney, pianist Denis Kozhukhin, and cellist Sterling Elliott

Special guest performances by singer Aída Cuevas, Maxwell, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and Steve Hackman’s Tchaikovsky X Drake

San Francisco Symphony presents Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music

Summer film concerts include Ratatouille, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Batman

Edwin Outwater conducts the San Francisco Symphony in the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Shoreline Amphitheatre

San Francisco Symphony performs four concerts at Frost Amphitheater, presented by Stanford Live and the San Francisco Symphony, July 7, 14, 21 & 28

San Francisco Symphony performs a free concert at Sigmund Stern Grove featuring funk band Lettuce on a program conducted by Christopher Dragon and Edwin Outwater, July 23

Tickets on sale now via sfsymphony.org/summer 

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May 9, 2023

BRUCE LIU JOINS CONDUCTOR RAFAEL PAYARE AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY TO PERFORM BEETHOVEN’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3, MAY 11–13 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Liu replaces violinist Hilary Hahn, who is unwell and regretfully unable to perform on this week’s program 

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May 2, 2023

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, DIRECTOR PETER SELLARS, AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENT NEW STAGED PRODUCTION OF KAIJA SAARIAHO’S ADRIANA MATER, JUNE 8, 10 & 11, 2023

Adriana Mater features mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron as Adriana, soprano Axelle Fanyo as Refka, tenor Nicholas Phan as Yonas, baritone Christopher Purves as Tsargo, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus

These performances of Adriana Mater are the second production in Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony’s four-year collaboration with Peter Sellars 

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Apr 25, 2023

GUEST CONDUCTORS GIANCARLO GUERRERO AND MANFRED HONECK LEAD THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL IN MAY AND JUNE 2023

May 25 and 27 San Francisco Symphony performs the West Coast premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Her Story, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero and featuring the Lorelei Ensemble in its Orchestral Series debut

June 1–3 Manfred Honeck leads the Orchestra in the first SF Symphony performances of Gloria Isabel Ramos Triano’s amazon; Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, featuring pianist Beatrice Rana in her Orchestral Series debut; and Franz Schubert’s Symphony in C major, The Great

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Apr 4, 2023

GUEST CONDUCTORS PHILIPPE JORDAN, RAFAEL PAYARE, AND THOMAS WILKINS LEAD THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL IN MAY 2023

May 4–6 Thomas Wilkins makes his Orchestral Series debut, conducting Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town; the first SF Symphony performances of Erwin Schulhoff’s Hot-Sonate and John Williams’ Escapades, both featuring saxophonist Branford Marsalis; and Duke Ellington’s Harlem

May 11–13 Rafael Payare makes his Orchestral Series debut, conducting the first SF Symphony performances of William Grant Still’s Darker America, Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto featuring Hilary Hahn, and Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben

May 18–20 Philippe Jordan leads the Orchestra in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, featuring the SF Symphony Chorus; the Ragazzi Boys Chorus; and soprano Jennifer Holloway, tenor Ian Bostridge, and baritone Iain Paterson in their Orchestral Series debuts

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Mar 28, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND ESA-PEKKA SALONEN ANNOUNCE 2023–24 SEASON

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s fourth season as Music Director includes 12 Orchestral programs, four world premiere performances, SoundBox, continued partnerships with Peter Sellars and Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and a celebration of the spirit of California including California Festival & tour of Southern California 

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Mar 14, 2023

GUEST CONDUCTORS JANE GLOVER, CRISTIAN MĂCELARU, AND DALIA STASEVSKA LEAD THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL IN APRIL 2023

April 13–15 Jane Glover leads the SF Symphony in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat featuring sopranos Cheryl Cain and Morgan Balfour, mezzo-soprano Leandra Ramm, tenor Michael Jankosky, bass Matthew Peterson, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus; Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D minor performed by Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik and Principal Oboe Eugene Izotov; the first SF Symphony performances of Stacy Garrop’s Spectacle of Light; and George Frideric Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks

April 21–23 Cristian Măcelaru conducts selections from Wynton Marsalis’ Blues Symphony, the United States premiere of Outi Tarkiainen’s Milky Ways written for SF Symphony English horn player Russ de Luna, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1

April 27–30 Dalia Stasevska makes her Orchestral Series debut, conducting the first SF Symphony performances of Anna Meredith’s Nautilus, Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto featuring Joshua Bell, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 

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Mar 6, 2023

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY EMBARK ON 2023 SPRING TOUR TO EUROPE, WITH EXTENDED RESIDENCIES IN PARIS AND HAMBURG, MARCH 9–17

Tour includes two programs curated by and featuring Collaborative Partners Claire Chase and Nico Muhly, as well as guest appearances by Yuja Wang and Johan Dalene

Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony perform at the Philharmonie de Paris in France (March 9–12); Philharmonie Luxembourg (March 13); and Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany (March 15–17)

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Jan 31, 2023

Announcing the California Festival: A Celebration of New Music A Two-Week Statewide Festival Celebrating the Most Innovative and Compelling Music Composed Around the World in the Last Five Years

Music Directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony Join Forces to Conceive of Sweeping Program 

November 3–19, 2023

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Jan 26, 2023

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN LEADS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN FOUR PROGRAMS HIGHLIGHTING THE PIANO AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, FEBRUARY 17–MARCH 2, 2023

February 17–19 pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on a program with Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and selections from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet

February 20 Lang Lang joins the Orchestra for one evening, performing Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto on a program with Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5

February 23, 25 & 26 pianist Conor Hanick makes his San Francisco Symphony debut as soloist in the world premiere of Samuel Adams’ No Such Spring, on a program with Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6

March 1 & 2 features Gabriella Smith’s Tumblebird Contrails, Salonen’s Nyx, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Yuja Wang

These four programs—along with Nico Muhly’s SoundBox program, Codes, featuring Yuja Wang and Esa-Pekka Salonen—precede Salonen and the Orchestra’s March 9–17 European residencies tour, featuring performances at the Philharmonie de Paris in France; the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany; and the Philharmonie Luxembourg 

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Jan 19, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENTS LUNAR NEW YEAR: YEAR OF THE RABBIT, FEBRUARY 5, 2023 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Earl Lee leads the Orchestra in a program highlighting works by Asian composers including An-Lun Huang, Huang Ruo, Tyzen Hsiao, and Zhou Tian

Renowned soprano Sumi Jo joins Lee and the Orchestra for works by Du-Nam Cho, Huang Tzu, Hong-ryeol Lee, and Geung-Su Lim 

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Jan 12, 2023

HERBERT BLOMSTEDT CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, FEBRUARY 9–10 AND 12, AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

The program includes Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 and the San Francisco Symphony premiere of Jan Václav Voříšek’s Symphony in D major  

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Jan 11, 2023

EDWIN OUTWATER CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PREMIERE OF GABRIEL KAHANE’S EMERGENCY SHELTER INTAKE FORM, A SONG CYCLE EXPLORING INEQUALITY THROUGH THE LENS OF HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS, FEBRUARY 2 & 3 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

emergency shelter intake form features mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran; vocalists Gabriel Kahane, Kristen Toedtman, and Holcombe Waller as the Chorus of Inconvenient Statistics; and a chorus made up of community members from Community Music Center and Skywatchers

The program opens with George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F featuring soloist Conrad Tao in his SF Symphony Orchestral Series Debut 

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Jan 10, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY COLLABORATIVE PARTNER CLAIRE CHASE PERFORMS MARCOS BALTER’S PAN FOR SOLO FLUTE, LIVE ELECTRONICS, AND MASS COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION, FEBRUARY 24 IN SYMPHONY’S SOUNDBOX SPACE 

The program opens with Balter’s Alone for flute and wine glasses 

Tickets are $40 and available for purchase now at sfsymphony.org/pan 

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Dec 28, 2022

MUSIC DIRECTOR LAUREATE MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN TWO CONCERT PROGRAMS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, JANUARY 26–28 AND MARCH 30–APRIL 1, 2023

January 26–28 concerts include Claude Debussy’s Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un faune, Olivier Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine, Claude Debussy’s Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra, and Heitor Villa-Lobos' Chôros No. 10, featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, ondes Martenot player Cynthia Millar, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus

March 30–April 1 concerts feature Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6 

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Dec 21, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY COLLABORATIVE PARTNER AND COMPOSER NICHOLAS BRITELL WILL BE JOINED BY ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR BARRY JENKINS AS CO-CURATOR TO SOUNDBOX PERFORMANCES, APRIL 14–15

Performances will feature Britell and Jenkins discussing the films on which they’ve collaborated (including If Beale Street Could Talk and Moonlight) together with performances of Britell’s music by members of the San Francisco Symphony

Tickets are $200 and are on sale now at sfsymphony.org/soundbox  

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Dec 15, 2022

GUEST CONDUCTORS ELIM CHAN AND ROBIN TICCIATI MAKE THEIR SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAL SERIES DEBUTS IN TWO PROGRAMS, JANUARY 12–22, 2023, AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL 

January 12–14 Elim Chan conducts the world premiere of a new work by Elizabeth Ogonek, Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with violinist James Ehnes, and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 

January 20–22 Robin Ticciati conducts the San Francisco Symphony premiere of Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Alina Ibragimova, and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 featuring soprano Ying Fang  

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Dec 8, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S SHENSON SPOTLIGHT SERIES HIGHLIGHTS ASCENDANT ARTISTS THROUGH FOUR DEBUT RECITALS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, JANUARY–MAY 2023
 

January 18, cellist Sterling Elliott is joined by pianist Elliot Wuu for a program of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012 and Felix Mendelssohn’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major

January 31, violinist Johan Dalene and pianist Giorgi Gigashvili perform Edvard Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3, Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, and Maurice Ravel’s Violin Sonata in G major 

March 22, pianist Alexander Malofeev presents a solo recital performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Opus 27, no.2, Moonlight; Mieczysław Weinberg’s Piano Sonata No. 4; and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2

May 10, violinist Bomsori is joined by pianist Julia Okruashvili for a program including Henryk Wieniawski’s Polonaise de concert, Opus 4; Claude Debussy’s Sonata in G minor; Karol Szymanowski’s Nocturne and Tarantella, Opus 28;  Selections from Jean Sibelius’s Six Pieces for Violin and Piano, Opus 79; and Henryk Wieniawski’s Fantasia on Themes from Gounod’s Faust, Opus 20

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Nov 28, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S 2022–23 MUSIC FOR FAMILIES SERIES KICKS OFF DECEMBER 3 WITH “AUDIOBOOK! MUSIC INSPIRED BY STORIES” CONDUCTED BY RESIDENT CONDUCTOR OF ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION DANIEL BARTHOLOMEW-POYSER 

 

The series continues with “Discovering Beethoven’s Fifth” with Daniel Stewart and the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra on March 18 and “MADSADGLAD” with Barthlomew-Poyser on May 6; Teen Night returns for the second season, February 11 

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Nov 8, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2022-23 SEASON  

 

Wattis Foundation Music Director Daniel Stewart conducts the ensemble in five concerts throughout the season, culminating in celebratory 40th Anniversary Concert on May 21 

November 20 season-opening concert includes José González Granero’s Matsuri Overture, Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade 

Other 2022-23 SFSYO performances include the ensemble’s annual Peter and the Wolf performance, this year with narrator W. Kamau Bell (December 11); a Music for Families program, “Discovering Beethoven’s Fifth,” (March 18); and a performance of works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring SFSYO Concerto Competition winner Eunseo Oh (March 8) 

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Nov 2, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THIRD ANNUAL EMERGING BLACK COMPOSERS PROJECT
 

This year’s competition looks to further identify and promote inventive Black musicians, of any music genre, under age 35; applications are due by February 1, 2023 

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Nov 2, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S 2022 HOLIDAY CONCERT SEASON, DECEMBER 4—31, 2022, FEATURES AN ARRAY OF FESTIVE PROGRAMS
 

SF Symphony holiday concert season includes five returning favorites: Deck the Hall with conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser (December 4); The Colors of Christmas with Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, and Jody Watley (December 6–7); Cool Yule Christmas featuring Tony DeSare and Capathia Jenkins (December 13); Holiday Gaiety, co-emceed by Peaches Christ and conductor Edwin Outwater (December 15); and A Merry-Achi Christmas with Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández (December 23)

Harry Connick, Jr. and his Band bring holiday tour to Davies Symphony Hall (December 24)

Seth MacFarlane rings in the New Year with the San Francisco Symphony (December 31)

The SF Symphony performs live accompaniment to iconic family-friendly holiday films How the Grinch Stole Christmas (December 16–17) and Elf (December 21–22)

Conductor Masaaki Suzuki leads SF Symphony, Chorus, and vocal soloists in George Frideric Handel’s Messiah (December 9
10) and Symphony’s popular Holiday Brass program returns (December 20) 

The SF Symphony Youth Orchestra performs Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with guest narrator W. Kamau Bell (December 11)


Tickets for holiday concerts available now at sfsymphony.org/holiday

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Oct 26, 2022


XIAN ZHANG CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, DECEMBER 1–3, 2022, AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL 
 

The program includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and two works new to the San Francisco Symphony: Michael Abels’ Emerge and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade 

 

High-resolution images of the San Francisco Symphony and guest artist headshots are available for download from the Online Photo Library

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Oct 19, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CELEBRATES DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS WITH CONCERT EVENT, LOBBY ART, COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, AND ¡FIESTA! DINNER EXPERIENCE, NOVEMBER 5 

 

Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts the San Francisco Symphony in music by Evencio Castellanos Yumar, Arturo Márquez, José Pablo Moncayo García, Gabriela Ortiz, and Silvestre Revueltas; trumpet player Pacho Flores is soloist in Arturo Márquez’ Concierto de Otoño; with performances by Casa Círculo Cultural and Canción de Obsidiana 

Local artists, community groups, and Latin American cultural partners join the SF Symphony to celebrate Día de los Muertos through lobby art installations and pre-concert activities 

¡Fiesta! Día de los Muertos dinner packages include post-concert reception, seated dinner, and online auction plus premium concert seating 

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Oct 13, 2022

MUSIC DIRECTOR LAUREATE MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS RETURNS TO CONDUCT THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, NOVEMBER 11–19, 2022, AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL 

November 11-13 concerts feature United States premiere of Danny Elfman’s Cello Concerto performed by Gautier Capuçon, alongside Igor Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings 

November 17-19 concerts include an all-Johannes Brahms program of Serenade No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Emanuel Ax 

 

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Oct 7, 2022

Concert date change: San Francisco Symphony’s Lunar New Year concert to take place Sunday, February 5, 2023 

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Oct 4, 2022

JURAJ VALČUHA CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, NOVEMBER 3, 4 & 6, 2022

Program includes the SF Symphony premiere of Hannah Kendall’s The Spark Catchers, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, and Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring pianist Behzod Abduraimov

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Sep 29, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENTS THREE HALLOWEEN-INSPIRED PROGRAMS, OCTOBER 20–29, 2022 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

October 20–22, Esa-Pekka Salonen leads a program including Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain; Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique; and Franz Liszt’s Totentanz, featuring pianist Bertrand Chamayou in his Orchestral Series debut
 
October 27–29, Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Orchestra in HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!!, featuring baritone Christopher Purves in his Orchestral Series debut; Bernard Herrmann’s Suite from Psycho; and Béla Bartók’s Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin

October 25, Sarah Hicks conducts a performance of Disney’s Hocus Pocus—Film with Live Orchestra

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Sep 21, 2022

MATTHEW SPIVEY NAMED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

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Sep 16, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S 2022–23 GREAT PERFORMERS SERIES INCLUDES TEN PERFORMANCES FEATURING WORLD-CLASS SOLOISTS AND VISITING ORCHESTRAS

Great Performers Series features pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Daniil Trifonov; violinists Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, and Itzhak Perlman; the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason; and the Israel Philharmonic with conductor Lahav Shani

SF Symphony 2022–23 Artist-in-Residence Pianist Igor Levit performs a solo recital on June 27 as part of his residency

Pianist Yuja Wang joins Esa-Pekka Salonen and the SF Symphony in performances preceding the Orchestra’s European tour, March 1 & 2

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Sep 15, 2022

HARRY CONNICK, JR. AND SETH MACFARLANE JOIN SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONy’S 2022 HOLIDAY CONCERT SEASON, DECEMBER 4–31
 
Harry Connick, Jr. and his Band bring holiday tour to Davies Symphony Hall, December 24
 
Seth MacFarlane rings in the New Year with the San Francisco Symphony, December 31

Tickets for Harry Connick, Jr. and New Year’s Eve with Seth MacFarlane are on sale now at sfsymphony.org

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Sep 13, 2022

JOHN WILLIAMS AND ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER JOIN THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN A PROGRAM OF WILLIAMS’ CONCERT AND FILM MUSIC, FEBRUARY 14, 2023
 
Program features Williams’ Violin Concerto No. 2, written expressly for Mutter, and a selection of Williams’ beloved film music

One-night-only concert marks Williams’ first performance with San Francisco Symphony in nearly 10 years

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 16, at 4pm (PT) at sfsymphony.org

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Sep 2, 2022

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN LEADS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN FOUR PROGRAMS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, SEPTEMBER 24–OCTOBER 15, 2022

September 24 concert includes the SF Symphony premiere of Florence Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2 performed by violinist Randall Goosby in his SF Symphony Orchestral Series debut, Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Overture to The Impresario

 
September 29–October 2 concerts include the world premiere of Push by the inaugural winner of the Emerging Black Composers Project, Trevor Weston, and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, featuring the SF Symphony Chorus, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and soprano Golda Schultz in her SF Symphony debut 

October 7–9 concerts include the U.S. premiere of Sun Poem by Daniel Kidane, co-commissioned by the SF Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird, and Jean Sibelius’ Luonnotar featuring soprano Golda Schultz

October 13–15 concerts feature pianist Yuja Wang performing the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s SF Symphony-commissioned Piano Concerto No. 3, Carl Nielsen’s Helios Overture, and Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

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Aug 31, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S 2022–23 FILM SERIES KICKS OFF WITH SCREENINGS OF STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE, SEPTEMBER 16 & 17, PERFORMED LIVE TO PICTURE
 
HOLIDAY FILM PROGRAMS INCLUDE RON HOWARD’S HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS AND JON FAVREAU’S ELF

2022–23 SEASON FILM PROGRAMMING ALSO INCLUDES DISNEY’S HOCUS POCUS, DISNEY’S FANTASIA, FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA’S THE GODFATHER, STEVEN SPIELBERG’S JURASSIC PARK, AND MARVEL STUDIOS’ BLACK PANTHER

Tickets for all performances on sale now at sfsymphony.org

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Aug 18, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH FIESTAS PATRIAS CONCERT, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

Concert features Ballet Folklórico de los Ángeles, Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar, and singer-songwriter Lupita Infante with conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez and the San Francisco Symphony

Tickets for Fiestas Patrias, priced $25 to $109, can be purchased at sfsymphony.org

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Aug 9, 2022

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY OPEN 2022–23 SEASON WITH TWO PERFORMANCES AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL FEATURING AFRICAN-AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, SEPTEMBER 22 & SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

Program for Opening Night Gala and All San Francisco concerts features Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream interspersed with scenes from William Shakespeare’s play

Opening Night Gala concert on September 23 is preceded by a red-carpet welcome and followed by an outdoor after-party for all ticketholders
 
Opening Night Gala Dinner Packages offer an enhanced experience and are available for purchase via sfsymphony.org/gala; proceeds from the event benefit the SF Symphony’s artistic, education, and community programs

All San Francisco Concert on September 22 welcomes and pays tribute to impactful community groups and nonprofit organizations across the Bay Area

Visit sfsymphony.org/safety for updated health and safety protocols for the San Francisco Symphony’s 2022–23 season

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Jul 14, 2022

SINGLE TICKETS FOR ALL SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY 2022–23 SEASON CONCERTS ON SALE SATURDAY JULY 16, VIA THE BOX OFFICE STARTING AT 10AM AND ONLINE & BY PHONE AT 12PM

New program details announced for Opening Night Gala and All San Francisco concert

 
Added concert on September 15 celebrates Fiesta Patrias and Hispanic Heritage Month
 
Added holiday programming includes The Colors of Christmas, Cool Yule Christmas, Holiday Gaiety, How the Grinch Stole Christmas—Film with Live Orchestra, Holiday Brass, Elf—Film with Live Orchestra, and A Merry-Achi Christmas

Single tickets for all 2022–23 concerts can be purchased online starting July 16 at 12pm via sfsymphony.org

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Jul 13, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW MUSICIANS JOINING THE ORCHESTRA IN THE 2022–23 SEASON

New musicians include Principal Cellist Rainer Eudeikis, violists Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss and Leonid Plashinov-Johnson, and Associate Principal & E-flat Clarinet Matthew Griffith

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Jun 28, 2022

JENS IBSEN SELECTED AS WINNER OF SECOND ANNUAL EMERGING BLACK COMPOSERS PROJECT PRIZE

Ibsen will receive a $15,000 commission and mentorship, and his piece will premiere with the San Francisco Symphony during the 2023–24 season

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Jun 21, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONTRABASSOON STEVEN BRAUNSTEIN RETIRES AT END OF 202122 SEASON

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May 18, 2022

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONCLUDE THE 2021–22 SEASON WITH TWO PROGRAMS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, JUNE 16–25, 2022

June 16–19 concerts include Luciano Berio’s transcription of Luigi Boccherini’s Four Original Versions of Ritirata notturna di Madrid; Jessie Montgomery’s Strum for String Orchestra; Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome; and Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (June 16 & 17) and Piano Concerto No. 3 (June 18 & 19) featuring pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard

June 23–25 concerts feature SF Symphony premieres of Steven Stucky’s Radical Light and John Adams’ Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, performed by pianist Víkingur Ólafsson in his Orchestral Series debut, as well as Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5

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May 17, 2022

EUN SUN KIM CONDUCTS THE NATIONAL BRASS ENSEMBLE AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, JUNE 20, 2022
 
National Brass Ensemble is composed of musicians from top orchestras across the United States, including the San Francisco Symphony

Performance features world premieres of new works by Jonathan Bingham and Arturo Sandoval, Richard Strauss’s Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare, and a new compilation arrangement of music from Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle by SF Symphony Principal Trombone Timothy Higgins

Tickets on sale now at sfsymphony.org/NBE

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May 12, 2022

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, DIRECTOR PETER SELLARS, AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENT NEW STAGED PRODUCTION OF IGOR STRAVINSKY’S OEDIPUS REX AND SYMPHONY OF PSALMS, JUNE 10–12, 2022

Oedipus rex features tenor Sean Panikkar (Oedipus rex); mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges (Jocasta), bass-baritone Sir Willard White (Creon/Messenger/Tiresias), tenor Jose Simerilla Romero (Shepherd), actor Breezy Leigh (Antigone), dancer Laurel Jenkins, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus
 
Performances mark first collaboration in new four-year partnership with acclaimed director Peter Sellars

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May 10, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND ESA-PEKKA SALONEN RELEASE STRAVINSKY: THE SOLDIER’S TALE, A NEW HOUR-LONG THEATRICAL CONCERT FILM, AVAILABLE ON SFSYMPHONY+ BEGINNING JUNE 1, 2022
 
Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale was conceived and directed by acclaimed British director, designer, and video artist Netia Jones, as a new work of digital music theater

The Soldier’s Tale is conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and features seven San Francisco Symphony musicians, actor Bruce Davison, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancer Adji Cissoko

ALL SFSYMPHONY+ CONTENTISAVAILABLE FOR FREE VIASFSYMPHONYPLUS.ORGORVIA SFSYMPHONY+ APP

Press interested in an advance copy of Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale can email [email protected]  

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May 10, 2022

CONDUCTOR BERNARD LABADIE REPLACES TON KOOPMAN IN SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, MAY 20–22

Labadie leads the Orchestra in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade No. 6, Serenata notturna and Symphony No. 36,Linz, and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 103, which replaces Haydn’s Symphony No. 80 

Due to difficulties with his visa for entry into the United States, conductor Ton Koopman regretfully withdraws from this program

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Apr 21, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES SUMMER SEASON WITH CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL AND OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES AT FROST AMPHITHEATER, SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, AND SIGMUND STERN GROVE, JUNE 29–AUGUST 7, 2022  

Conductors Paolo Bortolameolli, Ludovic Morlot, and Erina Yashima lead classical programs at Davies Symphony Hall with performances by pianist Inon Barnatan, cellist Johannes Moser, and string trio Time for Three 

Teddy Abrams conducts Mason Bates’ Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra 

Special guest performances by actress and singer Jessica Vosk in Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration; singer Isabel Marie Sánchez in a program dedicated to the music of Selena; the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in Final Words; Broadway sensation Bernadette Peters; The Airborne Toxic Event; and Pink Martini 

Summer film concerts include The Matrix Live, Pixar in Concert, and The Goonies 

Edwin Outwater conducts the San Francisco Symphony in the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Shoreline Amphitheatre 

San Francisco Symphony performs four Friday night concerts at Frost Amphitheater, presented by Stanford Live, July 8–29 

San Francisco Symphony performs a free concert at Sigmund Stern Grove with Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser conducting, July 31 

Tickets on sale now for The Matrix Live—Film with Live Orchestra, Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration, Final Words: SF Gay Men’s Chorus & the SF Symphony, and The Airborne Toxic Event, and all concerts at Frost Amphitheater 

Tickets for all other summer concerts on sale April 29 at 10am via sfsymphony.org/summer 

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Apr 18, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY COLLABORATIVE PARTNER JULIA BULLOCK BRINGS HISTORY’S PERSISTENT VOICE TO DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL FOR A ONE-NIGHT-ONLY PERFORMANCE WITH MEMBERS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, MAY 17, 2022

History’s Persistent Voice is conducted by Christian Reif and features video installations by artist Hana S. Kim

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Apr 7, 2022

GUEST CONDUCTORS KARINA CANELLAKIS, TON KOOPMAN, RUTH REINHARDT, NATHALIE STUTZMANN, AND XIAN ZHANG LEAD THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, MAY–JUNE 2022 

May 6, 7 & 8 concerts are conducted by Xian Zhang in her Orchestral Series debut and include Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and SF Symphony premieres of Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s Primal Message and Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement performed by pianist Aaron Diehl, who also makes his Orchestral Series debut 

May 13–15 concerts are conducted by Karina Canellakis and include Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote featuring cellist Alisa Weilerstein, the SF Symphony premiere of Lili Boulanger’s D’un soir triste, and Witold Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra

May 20–22 concerts feature Ton Koopman leading the Orchestra in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade No. 6, Serenata notturna and Symphony No. 36, Linz, plus the SF Symphony premiere of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 80

May 26–28 concerts are conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann in her Orchestral Series debut, featuring the SF Symphony and Chorus in Johannes Brahms’ Gesang der Parzen, Schicksalslied, and Nänie; and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6  

June 2–5 concerts are conducted by Ruth Reinhardt in her Orchestral Series debut and feature pianist Daniil Trifonov performing the West Coast premiere of Mason Bates' Piano Concerto—an SF Symphony co-commission; the SF Symphony premiere of Lotta Wennäkoski’s Helsinki Variations; and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 5

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Mar 29, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND ESA-PEKKA SALONEN ANNOUNCE 2022–23 SEASON
 
Esa-Pekka Salonen leads 15 weeks of programming in the Bay Area and abroad in his third season as San Francisco Symphony Music Director

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