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.

 April 29:  

  • BERLIOZ:  Roman Carnival Overture
  • SCHUMANN:  Piano Concerto in a, Opus 54
  • DVORAK:  Symphony No. 7 in d, Opus 70

May 6:  

  • LIGETI:  Concert Roanesc
  • PROKOFIEV:  Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Opus 26
  • DVORAK:  The Three Legends for Orchestra, Opus 59, No. 2, No. 6, No. 10
  • LUTOSLAWSKI:  Concerto for Orchestra

May 13:  

  • BEETHOVEN:  Leonore Overture No. 3, Opus 72a
  • MACKEY:  Eating Greens
  • MOZART:  Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, K; 503
  • COPLAND:  Symphonic Ode

May 20:  

  • MOZART:  Piano concerto NO. 24 in c, K. 491
  • STRAUSS:  An Alpine Symphony, Opus 64

May 27:  

  • BEETHOVEN:  Romance No. 1 in G, Opus 40; Romance No. 2, in F, Opus 50; Symphony No. 7 in A, Opus 93
  • BATES:  The B-Sides