Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the SF Symphony

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Rich Scheinin of the San Jose Mercury News raves about last year's pairings of Beethoven and DJ/composer Mason Bates, "There [is] a sense of 'This is how it should be in the concert world,’ with a great orchestra showing (and enjoying) its command of repertory old and new." This season, the Beethoven is the Piano Concerto No. 1, with Leif Ove Andsnes, whom Gramophone credits with having “a palpable sense of discovery, of living the music.” And Mason Bates returns to perform his undeniably original Alternative Energy, a treat for symphonic audiences everywhere.

"This is new music as you always hoped it would be—exciting, beautiful, surprising and full of a vivid sense of discovery."  —THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE


Mason Bates


San Francisco Symphony



Piano Concerto No. 1

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


Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1

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DJ/composer Mason Bates discusses his literary inspiration, playing electronica with a large orchestra, and more. "I think conducting is a little bit like DJing – not technically but in terms of perception. Almost everybody thinks that DJing is simple, if they have no idea and if they just see you with your headphones spinning records. Why are you there? What are you doing? And I swear, so many people, including me have thought in times past ‘What is the conductor doing? Is he just waving his hands?’" Read more.

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Mason Bates and SFS Principal Percussionist Jake Nissly on the search for instruments in a junk yard:

Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes discusses Beethoven's First Piano Concerto, and performs excerpts with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra:

Mason Bates goes to Fermilab to collect sound recordings for use in Alternative Energy.


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  1. Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  2. Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 2:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  3. Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  4. Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

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