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San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas announce details of week-long celebration honoring composer Steve Reich's 80th birthday, September 7-11 at Davies Symphony Hall

July 13, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / July 13, 2016


(High resolution images of Steve Reich and Michael Tilson Thomas are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library)


SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION HONORING COMPOSER STEVE REICH’S 80TH BIRTHDAY SEPTEMBER 7–11, 2016 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Opening Night Gala Concert Features Reich’s Three Movements (Sept. 7)

Two Additional Concerts Feature Three Movements and Double Sextet (Sept. 9–10)

CELEBRATION CULMINATES WITH STEVE REICH: AN AMERICAN MAVERICK
Sunday, September 11, 2016

All-Reich Program Features members of the San Francisco Symphony with Special Guests
Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, Derek Johnson, and Percussion Students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

SAN FRANCISCO, July 13 – The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) celebrate the 80th birthday of Steve Reich with a diverse week of concerts highlighting the seminal composer’s works September 7–11, 2016 at Davies Symphony Hall. The week-long celebration begins with the Orchestra’s Opening Night Gala on September 7 highlighted by a performance of Reich’s Three Movements. Subsequent concerts on September 9–10 feature that work alongside the composer’s Double Sextet performed by contemporary chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird side-by-side with SFS musicians. Double Sextet will be a first SFS performance. The celebration culminates on September 11 with Steve Reich: An American Maverick, a special birthday celebration in honor of the composer’s extraordinary musical contributions. Members of the SFS are joined by percussion students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for Reich’s Six Marimbas; guitarist Derek Johnson performs Electric Counterpoint with pre-recorded audio; the San Francisco-based string ensemble Kronos Quartet performs the composer’s WTC 9/11, which was written specifically for them along with pre-recorded spoken voice; and frequent Reich collaborators Eighth Blackbird join with SFS musicians for the composer’s Double Sextet. MTT conducts and hosts the evening and Steve Reich will be in attendance.

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