European Excursions with Mendelssohn, Mozart, and more

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15-16 SeasonFollow some of classical music’s greatest composers on a grand tour of Europe as the SF Symphony explores their global inspirations. It’s a musical excursion to London with Haydn for his dramatic Symphony No. 95, through Switzerland with Stravinsky’s witty Concerto in D, and across Italy with Mendelssohn for his lively Italian Symphony No. 4. Masaaki Suzuki makes his SF Symphony conducting debut with this exciting journey.


Masaaki Suzuki


Stephen Paulson


San Francisco Symphony


Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4

In the SF Chronicle

Stephen Paulson: At Home Among The Reeds, Channeling a Lifetime of Experience

"The young Paulson did not set out to become a bassoonist—in fact, he wasn’t even sure what the instrument looked like. But when he was in seventh grade, his band director offered a bassoon to any clarinetist who could read the bass clef. Let’s all pause a moment and acknowledge the sly wisdom of that teacher, who made a large, ungainly, difficult instrument into a kind of prize to be won. Paulson, who had studied piano and therefore knew the bass clef, was duly awarded the instrument. 'When he opened the case and put it together,' he now recalls, 'I said ‘So that's what one of those looks like!’ I thought you had to stand on a ladder to play it.'" So began a lifelong fascination with the bassoon, and therefore, with the Mozart concerto, which he says 'stands at the heart of our solo repertoire.'"

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  1. Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  2. Sat, Feb 6, 2016 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

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