MTT Conducts Bernstein and R. Strauss

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Bernstein at 100
The San Francisco Symphony’s celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial continues with his brilliant The Age of Anxiety, a vivid symphonic poem about four disenchanted strangers in post-war New York who bond over their shared struggle to find meaningful relationships and restore their fractured faith in society. Experience the potency of this narrative as it is performed by the “poetic and powerful” (The Washington Post) pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and showcased on his recent album release, Bernstein: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2.

Floor seats start at $49.*

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Conductor/Performers

San Francisco Symphony

Program

Bernstein

The Age of Anxiety, Symphony No. 2

R. Strauss

Ein Heldenleben

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Bernstein's The Age of Anxiety, Symphony No. 2
 

The Other Side of Bernstein 


“A lot of people only know the lighter side of Bernstein, what they’ve seen in West Side Story. But when they hear this music . . . I think they realize he was some kind of real genius,” says award-winning pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

This music, the shadowed side of the exuberant musical legend, refers to Bernstein’s provocative Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety, a dramatic, soul-searching narrative based on W.H. Auden’s Pulitzer Prize-winning eponymous poem. Bernstein was riveted by the philosophical questions it posed, and praised the book as “one of the most shattering examples of pure virtuosity in the history of English poetry.” Thibaudet notes that the fascinating combination of “the poem, what’s going on with the music—and everything Michael [Tilson Thomas] has told me about Bernstein” makes the piece a thrill to perform.

Join the San Francisco Symphony in our season-long Bernstein at 100 celebration with this compelling masterwork performed by the “poetic and powerful” (The Washington Post) Thibaudet, Nov 2–3, 5.

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  1. Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  2. Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  3. Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 2:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

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