MTT conducts The Soldier’s Tale

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A trusting soldier. A violin. And a deal with the devil. Watch and hear the adventure unfold, when Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Stravinksy’s The Soldier’s Tale, a unique work for orchestra that mixes vibrant music, dialogue, and theatrics. Music legend Elvis Costello narrates the story of how a young soldier comes to trade his violin, win riches beyond his imagination, and compete with the Devil, played by critically-acclaimed actor Malcolm McDowell.

Just announced! John Adams will open this program, conducting his dynamic composition Grand Pianola Music.

Tickets start at $15, and floor seats are just $59!


John Adams


Elvis Costello


Malcolm McDowell

The Devil

Nick Gabriel

The Soldier

Orli Shaham


Synergy Vocals

guest artist

San Francisco Symphony



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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