San Francisco Symphony
Wednesdays at 7pm
Since its beginning in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has been known for innovative programs that offer a spectrum of traditional repertory and new music. Today, the Orchestra’s artistic vitality, recordings, and groundbreaking multimedia educational projects carry its impact throughout American musical life.
The San Francisco Symphony has grown in stature and acclaim under such distinguished music directors as Henry Hadley, Alfred Hertz, the legendary Pierre Monteux, Josef Krips, Seiji Ozawa, Edo de Waart and Herbert Blomstedt. Current Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas assumed the post in 1995. Together, he and the San Francisco Symphony have formed a musical partnership hailed as “one of the most inspiring and adventurous in the country.” Maestro Tilson Thomas and the Orchestra have also been praised by the critics for their musicianship, for their innovative programming, for bringing the works of American composers to the fore, and for bringing new audiences into Davies Symphony Hall.
The San Francisco Symphony has toured extensively to Europe, Asia and throughout the United States. It has won some of the world’s most prestigious recording awards, including eleven Grammy Awards, Japan’s Record Academy Award, France’s Grand Prix du Disque, and Britain’s Gramophone Award.
With the launch of the San Francisco Symphony’s own SFS Media label in 2001, Michael Tilson Thomas and the Orchestra embarked on a project to record all of Mahler’s symphonies and song cycles. The label’s first offering, Symphony No. 6, was released to international acclaim and received the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. The recordings of seven more Mahler symphonies have been released since, and the project has received three more Grammy Awards – Best Classical Album for Symphony No. 3 and Kindertotenlieder, with mezzo-sopranoMichelle DeYoung, and both Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance for Symphony No. 7.
- MOZART: Overture from The Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384
- SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto in d, Opus 47
- TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 in f, Opus 36
- Haydn: Symphony No. 6 in D, Le Matin; Cello Concerto No. 1 in C
- Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Opus 35
- Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole
- Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Opus 19; Selections from Cinderella
- Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Opus 14
- Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto, Opus 57
- Schubert: Symphony in C, D.944, The Great
- Berlioz: Love Scene from Roméo et Juliette, Opus 17
- Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467
- Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat, Romantic
- Webern: Six Pieces for Orchestra, Opus 6
- Schulhoff: Scherzo from Symphony No. 5
- Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in c, Opus 35; Symphony No. 9 in E-flat, Opus 70
- Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in b, Opus 74, Pathétique