San Francisco Symphony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / UPDATED January 24 , 2017
(High resolution images of John Adams, Michael Tilson Thomas and Leila Josefowicz are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library)
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY MARKS COMPOSER JOHN ADAMS’S 70th BIRTHDAY WITH THREE WEEKEND CELEBRATION, FEBRUARY 10–25
John Adams curates February 10–11 SoundBox programs featuring his own compositions alongside works by Andrew Norman, Jacob Cooper, and Ashley Fure, conducted by Christopher Rountree
First SFS performances of John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary, February 16–18 featuring Kelley O’Connor, Tamara Mumford, and Jay Hunter Morris, conducted by Grant Gershon
First SFS performances of John Adams’s Scheherazade.2, February 22–25 performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas
SAN FRANCISCO, January 4 — The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) honors John Adams’s 70th birthday in a special three weekend celebration of his music, February 10–25. First, John Adams curates the Symphony’s SoundBox performances February 10–11 in eclectic programs featuring his own compositions and works by Andrew Norman, Jacob Cooper, and Ashley Fure, conducted by Christopher Rountree. The following week, Grant Gershon conducts Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary in its first SFS performances, February 16–18. The oratorio features mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor as Mary Magdalene, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford as Martha, and tenor Jay Hunter Morris as Lazarus. On February 22–25, Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the first SFS performances of Scheherazade.2, a dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz, for whom the work was written.
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