San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Monday, 8 to 10 p.m., March thru May

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 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.    

JUNE 2018

  CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Julia Fischer, violin
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Opus 19
Berlioz:   Symphonie fantastique, Opus 14
Mozart:  Symphony No. 38

11   CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Yefim Bronfman, piano
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Opus 28
Mark Volkert: Pandora (World Premiere)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Opus 73 “Emperor”

18   CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Gil Shaham, violin
Stravinsky: Agon
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D major
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring [1947 revision]

25   CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Liszt: Prometheus
Ligeti: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Opus 13, “Winter Daydreams”


MAY 2018 

7  CONDUCTOR:  Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOISTS:  Alexander Barantschik, violin/ Jonathan Vinocour, viola
Samuel Carl Adams: Radial Play
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for Violin and Viola, K.364 (320d)
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Debussy: Nocturnes

14  CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major
ENCORE: Debussy: La Mer

21  CONDUCTOR:  Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST:  Emanuel Ax, piano
Mahler: Blumine
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Opus 37
Copland: Music from the film Our Town
Debussy: La Plus que lente
Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Sibelius: Valse triste
Rachmaninoff: “Vocalise” Opus 34, no.14
Delibes: “Cortège of Bacchus” from Sylvia   
ENCORE: Copland: Short Symphony

28  CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Alexander Barantschik, violin
Beethoven: Romance in G major for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 40
Beethoven: Romance in F major for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 50
Mason Bates: The B-Sides (San Francisco Symphony commission)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Opus 93
ENCORE: Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10


 MARCH 2018 

  CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOISTS: Yuja Wang, piano/ Mark Inouye, trumpet*
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Opus 35
Stravinsky: Le Chant du Rossignol
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite [1919 revision]

9   CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOISTS: Steven Braunstein, contrabassoon*/ Alexander Barantschik, violin**
Tilson Thomas: Urban Legend* (World Premiere)
Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Opus 40

16  CONDUCTOR:  Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Alexander Barantschik, violin*
Debussy/Orch. Holloway:  En blanc et noir
J. Adams: My Father Knew Charles Ives
Rimsky-Korsakov:  Scheherazade, Opus 35*

23  CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas             
Mahler:  Symphony No. 7 in E minor
ENCORE: Schumann: Symphony No. 3

30   CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Cameron Carpenter, organ*
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
H. Brant:  Ice Field* (San Francisco Symphony commission)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64
ENCORE: Tilson Thomas: Street Song for Symphonic Brass