MTT conducts Mahler’s Ninth Symphony

PLEASE NOTE: The performance scheduled for March 17 at 2pm has been cancelled due to a work stoppage by the orchestra musicians. Ticketholders for this concert please call (415) 864-6000. Read full statement.

By 1909, when the anguished Mahler penned his Ninth Symphony, he had tragically lost his four-year-old daughter and learned of the heart ailment that would contribute to his own death two years later. The last symphony he completed, the Ninth, is a defiant affirmation of life as well as a poignant acceptance of mortality, which secured Mahler’s immortality. It was with this music that Maestro Tilson Thomas began his storied SFS career in 1974.

The Thursday Matinee concerts are endowed by a gift in memory of Rhoda Goldman.

“There aren’t many musical sure bets these days as sure as a Mahler symphony from Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.” —SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE


Michael Tilson Thomas


San Francisco Symphony


Concert Length

Please note there is no intermission.

Listen to a Radio Program

Michael Steinberg on Mahler's Symphony No. 9

Michael Tilson Thomas talks about his approach to Mahler

Watch a Video

MTT and the SFS perform "Rondo Burleske" from Mahler's Symphony No. 9 as part of the Keeping Score television series:

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