Join Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony in a season set to stimulate the senses, fire the mind, and nourish the soul. Live passionately, and discover the transformative power of great music.
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New! Season Festivals
Dive into explorations of great music with the world’s top artists, and enjoy great concert experiences in a glittering, festive setting.
Benjamin Britten Birthday Bash
Live exuberantly with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas as he creates a semi-staged production of Peter Grimes, his next project in a series of terrific new experiences in classical music. “It’s hard not to admire the way this orchestra and its leader think outside the box; it’s getting to be a habit for them," says Richard Scheinin of the San Jose Mercury News. Don’t miss this new production, which will cap off the world-wide celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth.
Beethoven and Bates
MTT continues his pursuit of the quintessence of Beethoven, presenting his works with genre-bending composer Mason Bates. The Festival opens with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 paired with Bates’s Alternative Energy. “A formidable and inventive new work… it shows his mastery of the orchestral landscape like nothing before it,” says Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Beethoven and Bates: music of two explorers.
A Celebration of Bach
Two contemporary masters of the work of Johann Sebastian Bach—pianist András Schiff and conductor Ton Koopman, survey the master’s sacred and secular music.“There is nothing more reliable in the world of classical music today than pianist András Schiff playing Bach,” proclaims the New York Times. Live harmoniously with special Bach programs—coming to the West Coast only in San Francisco.
Mendelssohn and Adès
Hear the work of Felix Mendelssohn and modern 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 as we host a two-week festival spanning repertoire for both large and intimate ensembles.
New! Film Series
Edge-of-your-seat thrillers, epic dramas, and animated classics are taken to a new level when accompanied live—experience the best in cinema on the big screen along with the San Francisco Symphony.
Four Saturday Concerts with Films at 8PM
Nov 2 Hitchcock! Greatest Hits
Feb 15 A Night at the Oscars
Apr 12 City Lights
May 31 Fantasia in Concert
Meet some of classical music’s most exciting rising talent, and revel in the artistry of the next generation of great musicians. Two of the world’s most talked-about young violinists make their eagerly anticipated returns to San Francisco: Janine Jansen lends her penetrating tone to Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, while the captivating virtuoso Julia Fischer gives voice to Prokofiev. Also returning is Gilmore award-winning pianist Kirill Gerstein, featured in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
Join fearless young composer Zosha Di Castri during the West Coast premiere of Lineage, her new work for orchestra. This project was developed with MTT and debuts at the New World Symphony in Spring, 2013.
Outstanding pianist debuts include Martin Helmchen performing Schumann’s deeply felt Piano Concerto, which critics say the young German virtuoso “[lights] with an inner glow.” After setting the competition circuit on fire, 21-year-old dynamo Daniil Trifonov brings his “scintillating technique and virtuosic flair” to Rachmaninoff’s rapturous Paganini Rhapsody.
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