MTT conducts The Soldier’s Tale

Originally conceived as “a work to be read, played, and danced,” Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale is a Faustian story of a brave soldier, a violin, and a deal with the devil, brought to life here by guest narrator, Elvis Costello. The musical fable displays Stravinsky’s interest in dance music, brimming with tango, waltz, and ragtime. Capping off the program is John Adams’s controversial yet bright Grand Pianola Music.


Michael Tilson Thomas


Elvis Costello


Synergy Vocals

guest artist

Orli Shaham


Marc-André Hamelin


San Francisco Symphony


John Adams

Grand Pianola Music


The Soldier’s Tale

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

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  1. Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 6:30pm

    Davies Symphony Hall

  2. Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall

  3. Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 2:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall

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