Mendelssohn & Adès Festival

Pablo Heras-Casado

Hear the work of Felix Mendelssohn and contemporary British master Thomas Adès through the artistry of conductor Pablo Heras-Casado in programs juxtaposing works influenced by Shakespeare, dance, literature, and more. Join the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus in a two-week festival spanning repertory for both large and intimate ensembles.

"[Heras-Casado's] Mendelssohn was a revelation—dark-hued and urgent, with a rhythmic intensity that brought the composer's pictorial evocation of the Scottish sea vividly to life."

—San Francisco Chronicle

"Some pianists may find it almost unfair that Mr. Adès, who is first and foremost a composer, plays the piano so beautifully."



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Heras-Casado on His Philosophy of Rehearsal


Thomas Adès wins a Gramophone Award for The Tempest


John Adams on violinist Leila Josefowicz: