Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, a multimedia staged event

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Beethoven considered it to be his greatest work. Michael Tilson Thomas calls it “one of Beethoven’s supreme creations.” Experience how MTT reimagines the composer’s epic masterpiece in a new telling of Beethoven’s most personal and profound piece.

These performances are a co-production with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Image provided by Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Please note there is no intermission.


Joélle Harvey


Julie Boulianne




San Francisco Symphony

James Darrah


David Finn

lighting design

Finn Ross

video designer

Cameron Jaye Mock

scenic design

Emily Anne MacDonald

scenic design



Missa solemnis [semi-staged]

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

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On the SF Symphony's May 2013 performance of Missa solemnis, Elijah Ho of the SF Examiner writes, "With Ragnar Bohlin directing the Symphony Chorus – a tenor section that was formidably brilliant – the music evoked celestial images and conjured warm, profound feelings of humanity. Tilson Thomas’ immaculate sense of proportion, space and grandeur, was arresting in the opening Kyrie; the beautifully woven textures and rhythmic verve revealed a wondrous musicianship, and many were seen shaking their heads in astonishment over the treatment of the Credo." Read the full review at SF

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  1. Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  2. Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  3. Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  4. Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

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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. Learn more.

Program Support

Supported by the Barbro and Bernard Osher Staged Production Fund.

Beethoven in June
Presenting Sponsor

Jones Day