Media & Recordings

The San Francisco Symphony has a long and distinguished history of using new technology to reach audiences and bring classical music to millions around the world. In 1926, it became the first orchestra in the United States to perform on regular radio broadcasts. In 2001, the Symphony again led the way when it became the first American orchestra to create its own audio/video label, SFS Media, which produces the Symphony’s CDs and DVDs, as well as radio and TV documentaries. Two of the label’s most significant projects are highlighted below.

Recent Projects

Keeping Score, launched in 2006 by Michael Tilson Thomas and the Symphony, is an innovative multimedia program that makes classical music accessible to people of all ages and musical backgrounds. It includes a PBS television series, an interactive website, a national radio series hosted by MTT, documentary and live performance DVDs, and a groundbreaking classroom program for K-12 teachers that integrates classical music into the core curriculum. Keeping Score is available on DVD and Blu-ray. The website lets people explore the life and music of the composers featured in the Keeping Score series in depth, and at their own pace.

"…hands down, the best classical-music programs of their kind to be aired nationally in the U.S. since Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts.” —Terry Teachout, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


Description: C:\Documents and Settings\aeiseman\Desktop\Mahler.jpgThe Mahler Project is the Symphony’s acclaimed series of Mahler recordings, a comprehensive collection that brings together all of the master’s symphonies and works for voice and orchestra: Kindertotenlieder, Das klagende Lied, Das Lied von der Erde and Ruckert Lieder. The Mahler Project recordings – which won seven Grammy® awards -- feature Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and such prestigious soloists as Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, and Michelle DeYoung. The complete collection is contained in a richly annotated 17-disc CD boxed set and a 22-LP vinyl collectors’ edition.

"The Mahler Project is ample proof that the San Franciscans under Michael Tilson Thomas continue to demonstrate consummate leadership in the realm of musical culture.”—STEPHEN HABINGTON