Beethoven Project: MTT leads Beethoven and Adams

MTT explores here the maturing Beethoven, as well as his continuing influence. In An die ferne Geliebte—the first-ever song cycle—Beethoven gives passionate voice to the painful longing for his “distant beloved.” Absolute Jest, Adam’s celebration of the SFS’s 100th anniversary, is based on fragments from Beethoven’s immortal late string quartets. Beethoven’s vivacious and eminently hummable Fourth Symphony bridges his Third and Fifth Symphonies, two of the most famous ever written.

“[Michael Fabiano] sings with effortless beauty of tone and an exquisite sense of line.” —THE GUARDIAN


Michael Tilson Thomas


St. Lawrence String Quartet

Michael Fabiano


Tim Higgins

alto trombone

Paul Welcomer

tenor trombone

Mark Lawrence

tenor trombone

John Engelkes

bass trombone

San Francisco Symphony


Concert length is approximately 2 hours.

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  1. Sat, May 4, 2013 at 8:00pm

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  3. Thu, May 9, 2013 at 8:00pm

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Pre- and post-show Events

Inside Music, an informative talk with Peter Grunberg, begins one hour prior to concerts. Free to ticketholders.

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Presenting Sponsor
Beethoven Project

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The Beethoven Project

These concerts are part of The Beethoven Project, an in-depth exploration of the immortal composer and his legacy. For more information visit

Beethoven Project: MTT explores early Beethoven
Thu, May 2 - Fri, May 3
MTT surveys Beethoven’s early works which foretell the brilliance to come.

MTT and SFS Symposium—Beethoven: Before and After
Sat, May 4
Explore Beethoven’s inspirations, his music, and his legacy in three one-hour sessions combining performance and discussion.

Beethoven Project: MTT leads Beethoven and Adams
Sat, May 4 - Thu, May 9
MTT explores here the maturing Beethoven, as well as his continuing influence.

Beethoven Project: MTT and Missa Solemnis
Fri, May 10 - Sat, May 11
Expect thunder and lightning from MTT, the Orchestra, Chorus, and guests.