Beethoven’s Missa solemnis


It is one of Beethoven's last works, and considered by the composer his greatest.  He labored over it for five years, then wrote on the completed score, "From the heart; may it go to the heart!"  Michael Tilson Thomas reimagines Beethoven's epic Missa solemnis in semi-staged performances, featuring video, in a new telling of perhaps the composer's most personal and profound statement.

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


Michael Tilson Thomas


Joélle Harvey


Sasha Cooke


Tamara Mumford


Brandon Jovanovich




James Darrah


Finn Ross

video designer

David Finn

lighting design

Pacific Boychoir, Kevin Fox, director

San Francisco Symphony Chorus

San Francisco Symphony



Missa solemnis [semi-staged]

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

Read a Review

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

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  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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Supported by the Barbro and Bernard Osher Staged Production Fund.