MTT and Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring and Gil Shaham: An Open Rehearsal

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Stravinsky’s music has been a passion of Michael Tilson Thomas’s since he met the composer while studying at USC. Fitting that the music of Stravinsky plays a prominent part in the season. Audience favorite Gil Shaham interprets the exuberant, lilting, and vibrantly expressive concerto, while the SFS dives into The Rite of Spring.

“[Shaham has] big technique, electrically charged tone, and general effusiveness.”  THE NEW YORK TIMES

Katharine Hanrahan Open Rehearsal is a working rehearsal. The pieces rehearsed are at the conductor’s discretion


Gil Shaham


San Francisco Symphony





Violin Concerto

All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

Concert is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Watch a Video

Watch the first chapter of the documentary MTT & SFS Keeping Score: Rite of Spring. For all five chapters, visit Keeping Score on PBS.

Watch Stravinsky's Rite of Spring on PBS. See more from Keeping Score.

Listen to Music

Listen to the The Rite of Spring episode on MTT and the SFS’s national radio series entitled "The Keeping Score Series: 13 Days When Music Changed Forever"

Explore Interactive Feature

At, MTT and the San Francisco Symphony have developed an interactive site delving into the musical score and the people behind the 1913 premiere of The Rite of Spring. Click here to view now.

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  1. Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 10:00am

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Pre- and post-show Events

Inside Music, an informative talk free to ticketholders, begins one hour prior rehearsal and concerts.

Rite of Spring: The 100th Anniversary

The 12-13 season marks the 100th anniversary of Stravinksy's Rite of Sping. Explore MTT and the SFS's rich history with this work through mutlimedia and interactive content, or live performances.