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Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony open the 2016-17 season with the Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, September 7 at Davies Symphony Hall

July 28, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / JULY 28, 2016
 

(High resolution images of Renée Fleming, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Susan Graham are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library)


MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY OPEN THE 2016-17 SEASON WITH THE OPENING NIGHT GALA ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Opera superstars Renée Fleming and Susan Graham join MTT and the SFS in American and Italian songs

Opening Night Gala Concert kicks off a weeklong celebration of Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with the composer’s Three Movements

Concert is preceded by a complimentary wine reception in Davies Symphony Hall and concludes with an indoor-outdoor After-Party open to all ticketholders

SAN FRANCISCO, July 28, 2016 — Michael Tilson Thomas begins his 22nd season at the helm of the San Francisco Symphony at the Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, September 7, with longtime friends and artistic collaborators Renée Fleming and Susan Graham.  The two acclaimed superstars of the opera world perform a program of Italian and American songs, including pieces written by MTT.  The Orchestra’s 105th opening also pays special tribute to Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with a performance of the composer’s Three Movements. Celebrations of Reich’s immense impact on American music continue throughout the Opening Week concerts: the September 9–10 performances feature Three Movements alongside the Reich’s Double Sextet performed by contemporary chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird side-by-side with SFS musicians, and celebrations culminate on September 11 with Steve Reich: An American Maverick, a special birthday celebration in honor of the composer’s extraordinary musical contributions. 

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