San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

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

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 2017

5    CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Thomas Hampson, baritone
Stravinsky : Scènes de ballet
John Adams : The Wound Dresser
Stravinsky:  Petrushka [complete]
Stravinsky: Circus Polka [encore]
Stravinsky:  Divertimento 

12    CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Yefim Bronfman, piano
C.P.E. Bach:  Symphony No. 1 in D major, Wq183,1 (H663)
Jörg Widmann:  Trauermarsch for Piano and Orchestra
Stravinsky:  Apollo

19    CONDUCTOR:Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOISTS: Karina Gauvin, soprano; Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano; SF Symphony Chorus
Mahler:  Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Resurrection
Haydn:  Symphony No. 60


26           To be announced


MAY 2017

1    CONDUCTOR: Herbert Blomstedt
SOLOIST: Alexander Barantschik, violin
Mozart:  Symphony No. 35 in D major, K.385, "Haffner"
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, K.205
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551, "Jupiter" 
Bernstein:  Suite from a Quiet Place (cond. Michael Tilson Thomas)

8              CONDUCTOR: Charles Dutoit; SOLOIST: Nikolai Lugansky, piano
Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose)
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43
Fauré: Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande, Opus 80
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (1919 version)
Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila (cond. Michael Tilson Thomas)

15           CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas; SOLOIST: Inon Barnatan, piano
Copland: Orchestral Variations
Copland: Inscape
Copland: Piano Concerto
Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C major, Opus 61
Mason Bates: The B Sides

22           CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas’ SOLOIST: Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano; Simon O’Neill, tenor
Schubert: Symphony in B minor, D.759, Unfinished
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2

29           CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas; SOLOIST: Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Brahms:  Variations of a Theme by Haydn, Opus 56a
Berlioz:  La Mort de Cléopâtre
Berlioz: "L'Île inconnue," from Les Nuits d'été, Opus 7, no.6
Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Opus 120
Brahms: Serenade in A major No. 2



APRIL 2017

CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Susanna Phillips, soprano
Ted Hearne: Dispatches (SFS/NWS commission)
Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Opus 24
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 74, Pathétique
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7

 10  CONDUCTOR: András Schiff
SOLOISTS: András Schiff, piano; Anna Lucia Richter, soprano; Britta Schwarz, contralto; Werner Güra, tenor; Robert Holl, bass; San Francisco Symphony Chorus – Ragnar Bohlin, director
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K.595
HAYDN: Lord Nelson Mass
SCHUBERT: Six songs

 17    CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela, Opus 22
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Opus 47
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Opus 97, "Rhenish"
Debussy: Nocturnes

 24    CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Laura Claycomb, soprano
R. Strauss: Serenade in E-flat major, Opus 7
R. Strauss: Brentano Lieder, Opus 68
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Opus 38, "Spring"
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

MARCH 2017


6   CONDUCTOR: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye Suite
Salonen: Nyx
Stravinsky: The Firebird [complete]
Mozart: Symphony No. 34 in C major, K.338 (Michael Tilson Thomas, cond.)

13     CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano; Susanna Phillips, soprano
Bernstein ; Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major
Copland: Quiet City

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

27    CONDUCTOR: Charles Dutoit
SOLOIST: Gautier Capuçon, cello
Stravinsky: Jeu de cartes
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Opus 85
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
Beethoven: Leonore Overture (Michael Tilson Thomas, cond.)



6     CONDUCTOR: Herbert Blomstedt
SOLOIST: Peter Serkin, piano
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 43
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Opus 48 (Michael Tilson Thomas, cond.)

13           CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
J. L. Adams: The Light that Fills the World (Christian Baldini, cond.)
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 77
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Opus 38, Spring
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067

20    CONDUCTOR: Pablo Heras-Casado
SOLOIST: Joshua Bell, violin
John Adams: Chamber Symphony
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Opus 9b
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 35
Bernstein: Suite from A Quiet Place (Michael Tilson Thomas, cond.)

27    CONDUCTOR: Pablo Heras-Casado
SOLOIST: Igor Levit, piano
Haydn: Symphony No. 44 in E minor, Mourning
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K.271, Jeunehomme
Debussy: Prelude à L'Après-midi d'un faune
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 (Michael Tilson Thomas, cond.)



2     CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Rossini: Overture to La gazza ladra
Bate:s Alternative Energy
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Opus 15
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Opus 67

9      CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Cameron Carpenter, organ
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Brant: Ice Field
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64
Michael Tilson Thomas: Street Song for Symphonic Brass


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

23   CONDUCTOR: Susanna Mälkki
SOLOIST: Jeremy Denk, piano
Griffes: The White Peacock, Opus 7, no.1
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73
Stravinsky: Petrushka (Michael Tilson Thomas, cond.)

30   CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas
SOLOIST: Yefim Bronfman, piano
Cynthia Lee Wong: Carnival Fever [Joshua Gersen, conductor]
Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra, Opus 6
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Opus 83
Schumann: Symphony No. 4