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Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present final concerts of the 2017–2018 season, June 21–24 & 28–30  

May 31, 2018

   


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MAY 31, 2018

  
 (High resolution images of Daniil Trifonov, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Sasha Cooke are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library.)

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENT FINAL CONCERTS OF THE 2017–18 SEASON, JUNE 21–24 & 28–30

On June 21–24 MTT leads the SFS in Sibelius’ Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7, and pianist Daniil Trifonov concludes his season-long residency with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3

On June 28–30 MTT conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, joined by mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, the Pacific Boychoir, and Women of the SFS Chorus

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) close out their 2017–18 season with two powerful concert programs, June 21–24 and June 28–30, at Davies Symphony Hall. On June 21–24 Daniil Trifonov, hailed by The Times of London as “without question the most astounding pianist of our age,” concludes his season-long residency with performances of Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3. Since winning First Prize at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions in 2011 at the age of 20, Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber musician, and composer. His residency included a solo recital of works from his new album “Chopin Evocations” in October and a duo recital with his teacher and mentor Sergei Babayan, performing works by Schumann, Schubert and Rachmaninoff, in February. Trifonov recently added a first Grammy Award to his already considerable string of honors, winning Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018 with Transcendental, a double album of Liszt’s works that marks his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist. Also on the program are SibeliusSymphonies Nos. 6 and 7, the last two symphonies to be completed by the composer. 

The final concerts of the season, June 28–30, feature MTT leading the Orchestra in Mahler’s passionate Symphony No. 3, joined by mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, the Pacific Boychoir, and Women of the SFS Chorus. Mahler did most of the work on his Third Symphony in the summers of 1895 and 1896, spending his days composing in the beautiful countryside of Steinbach on the Attersee, and conducted its first complete performance at the Festival of the Allgemeiner Deutscher Musikverein at Krefeld on June 9, 1902. Inspired by nature, the symphony consists of six movements in two parts, and is the longest of Mahler’s ten symphonies. Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke was the featured soloist in MTT and the SFS’s most recent performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in 2014, which received great critical acclaim. 

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