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SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENTS LUNAR NEW YEAR: YEAR OF THE TIGER FEBRUARY 5, 2022 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

CONDUCTOR LAUREATE HERBERT BLOMSTEDT LEADS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, FEBRUARY 3, 4 & 6, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES UPDATED SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

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Jan 12, 2022

MEZZO-SOPRANO SASHA COOKE RETURNS TO DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL FOR HOW DO I FIND YOU, A PERFORMANCE OF 17 WORLD PREMIERES WRITTEN FOR HER DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, JANUARY 30, 2022

To be released as an album via Pentatone on January 28, how do I find you features new songs by Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw, Joel Thompson, and 13 more composers

A Roundtable discussion with seven of the project’s composers and librettists

follows the performance

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Jan 10, 2022

VIOLINIST ITZHAK PERLMAN’S JANUARY 16, 2022 GREAT PERFORMERS SERIES CONCERT AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 18, 2022

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Jan 7, 2022

MUSIC DIRECTOR LAUREATE MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN TWO CONCERT PROGRAMS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL​ IN JANUARY 2022

January 20–22 concerts include Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2 featuring cellist Gautier Capuçon

January 27–29 concerts feature Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and pianist Yuja Wang performing Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1

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Jan 5, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PROGRAMMING UPDATE FOR MARCH 3–5 CONCERTS WITH ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, WU WEI, AND JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET

Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy replace music from
Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Castor and Pollux and Scriabin’s Prometheus, The Poem of Fire

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Jan 4, 2022

LIGETI: PARADIGMS, A NEW SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY DIGITAL PROGRAM COMBINING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) AND SPATIAL AUDIO WITH THE MUSIC OF GYÖRGY LIGETI, AVAILABLE ON SFSYMPHONY+ BEGINNING JANUARY 18, 2022
 
Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, LIGETI: PARADIGMS features the SF Symphony and Chorus in performances of Lux Aeterna, Ramifications, and Clocks and Clouds
 
In partnership with media artist Refik Anadol, Dolby Laboratories, and SF Symphony Collaborative Partner Carol Reiley, LIGETI: PARADIGMS pairs imagery generated by open-sourced AI algorithms interpreting Ligeti’s source music with SF Symphony and Chorus performances
 
ALL SFSYMPHONY+ CONTENT IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE VIA SFSYMPHONYPLUS.ORG OR VIA SFSYMPHONY+ APP 

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Jan 4, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES UPDATED SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

 

Beginning February 1, 2022, San Francisco Symphony to require all eligible patrons, staff, and performers to show proof of COVID-19 booster, for entrance into Davies Symphony Hall

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Dec 28, 2021

CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, JANUARY 1315, 2022

 

Program includes the SF Symphony premiere of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Overture in C major, Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 featuring pianist Jan Lisiecki

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Dec 13, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASES DECK THE HALL AT THE DRIVE-IN ON SFSYMPHONY+, DECEMBER 20, 2021
 
Available for free on-demand viewing via sfsymphonyplus.org
 
Digital program is hosted by SF Symphony Resident Conductor of Engagement and Education Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser with performances by SF Symphony musicians and special guests

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Dec 7, 2021

THREE CONDUCTORS MAKE THEIR SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAL SERIES DEBUTS IN PROGRAM HONORING LATE OAKLAND SYMPHONY MUSIC DIRECTOR MICHAEL MORGAN, FEBRUARY 17–19, 2022

 

Conductors Earl Lee, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, and Akiko Fujimoto will lead the eclectic program, which Morgan planned and was scheduled to conduct

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Dec 6, 2021

VOCALIST SHELÉA REPLACES YOLANDA ADAMS IN SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S HOLIDAY SOUL PERFORMANCE, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021

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Dec 6, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR SECOND ANNUAL EMERGING BLACK COMPOSERS PROJECT

This year’s competition looks to further identify and promote inventive Black musicians and will focus on talent under age 35; applications are due by February 14, 2022

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Dec 2, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES TWO CHANGES TO ORCHESTRA ROSTER

 

Principal Harp Douglas Rioth retires at end of 2021 calendar year

 

Associate Concertmaster Nadya Tichman continues her tenure with the San Francisco Symphony as revolving member of the 1st Violin section beginning in 202223 season

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Nov 23, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S SFS MEDIA RECORDINGS NOMINATED FOR TWO 2022 GRAMMY AWARDS
 
BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM FOR ALBAN BERG: VIOLIN CONCERTO, SEVEN EARLY SONGS, & THREE PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA
 
BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE FOR NICO MUHLY’S THROUGHLINE

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Nov 18, 2021

SIMONE YOUNG CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, DECEMBER 2–4, 2021

 

Concerts include Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto featuring violinist Christian Tetzlaff

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Nov 17, 2021

ARNIE ROTH CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN DISTANT WORLDS: MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY, APRIL 15–16, 2022

 

Program features music by composer Nobuo Uematsu and others performed live while video from game series FINAL FANTASY is projected onto a large screen above the stage

Tickets on sale now at
sfsymphony.org

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Nov 15, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA AND WATTIS FOUNDATION MUSIC DIRECTOR DANIEL STEWART PERFORM FIVE CONCERTS IN THE 2021–22 SEASON

November 21 season-opening concert includes Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst, Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and features SFSYO Concerto Competition winner Shun Lopez performing Hristo Yotsov’s Concerto for Drum Set and Symphony Orchestra

Other 2021–22 season SFSYO performances include annual holiday performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf on December 12, a Music for Families program on April 9, and two additional concerts March 6 and May 29

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Nov 12, 2021

LUDOVIC MORLOT JOINS MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS TO CONDUCT THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY NOVEMBER 1820

 

Morlot conducts Tim Higgins’ Trombone Concerto and Maurice Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) Suite (replacing William Grant Still’s Patterns); Tilson Thomas conducts Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring

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Nov 10, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S REOPENING NIGHT CONCERT TO BE BROADCAST ON PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES, NOVEMBER 19, 2021

Reopening Night Concert conducted by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, featuring SF Symphony Collaborative Partner singer and bassist esperanza spalding and Alonzo King LINES Ballet; recorded live on October 1, 2021 at Davies Symphony Hall

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Nov 5, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S EXPERIMENTAL SOUNDBOX SERIES RETURNS FOR AN EIGHTH SEASON

2021–22 season curated by drummer & composer Quentin E. Baxter, December 16–17; composer Jamie Man, January 14–15; violinist & SF Symphony Collaborative Partner Pekka Kuusisto and composer & developer Jesper Nordin, February 25–26; and composer Tyshawn Sorey, March 25–26

SoundBox kicks off December 16–17 with “Embarkation” curated by Quentin E. Baxter; tickets on sale now via sfsoundbox.com

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Oct 29, 2021

MUSIC DIRECTOR LAUREATE MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN TWO CONCERT PROGRAMS at davies symphony hall IN NOVEMBER 2021

November 12–14 concerts include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Three German Dances, K.509, Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, Spring, and Michael Tilson Thomas’ Notturno featuring flutist Demarre McGill in his Orchestral Series debut

November 18–20 concerts feature the world premiere of SF Symphony Principal Trombone Timothy Higgins’ Trombone Concerto—an SF Symphony commission, the SF Symphony premiere of William Grant Still’s Patterns, and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring

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Oct 22, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CELEBRATES DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS WITH CONCERT EVENT, LOBBY ART, COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, AND FIESTA DINNER EXPERIENCE, NOVEMBER 6 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Concert features Enluis Montes Olivar conducting the San Francisco Symphony in music by Arturo Márquez, Astor Piazzolla, Inocente Carreño, José Pablo Moncayo García, and Carlos Chávez, plus vocalist Flor Amargo ‘La Reina del Barrio’ performing her own songs

Local artists, community groups, and Latin American cultural partners join the SF Symphony to celebrate Día de los Muertos through lobby art installations and pre-concert activities

VIP ¡FIESTA! Packages include a post-concert auction, cocktail reception, and seated dinner

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Oct 11, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY CONCERT SEASON, DECEMBER 5—31, 2021
 
Special guest performers include Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández in A Merry-Achi Christmas; Sheléa and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in Holiday Soul; John Mauceri and Alan Cumming in The Nutcracker & The Mouse King; Capathia Jenkins and Tony DeSare in A Cool Yule Christmas—Holiday Favorites of Frank & Ella; and Peaches Christ, Coco Peru, Thorgy Thor, Jamie Barton, Alex Newell, Jimmie Herrod, and Fou Fou Ha! in Holiday Gaiety
 
The SF Symphony performs live accompaniment to iconic holiday films Love Actually and Home Alone
 
Traditional Christmas music performed by the SF Symphony and Chorus includes Handel’s Messiah and Holiday Brass
 
The SF Symphony Youth Orchestra performs Peter and the Wolf with guest narrator Vella Lovell
 
Darren Criss joins the San Francisco Symphony for a special New Year’s Eve Event
 
Tickets for holiday concerts available now at sfsymphony.org/holiday

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Oct 4, 2021

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN FOUR CONCERT PROGRAMS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL IN OCTOBER 2021
 
October 7–9 concerts feature the U.S. Premiere of Hannah Kendall’s Tuxedo: Vasco ‘de’ Gama, the San Francisco Symphony Premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Graffiti, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7
 
October 14–17 concerts include Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and La Mer, the San Francisco Symphony Premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Aile du songe featuring flutist and Collaborative Partner Claire Chase, and Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques performed by pianist Jeremy Denk
 
October 21–23 concerts feature the U.S. Premiere of Collaborative Partner Bryce Dessner’s Violin Concerto, co-commissioned by the SF Symphony and performed by violinist and Collaborative Partner Pekka Kuusisto, Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 2
 
October 28–30 concerts feature the San Francisco Symphony Premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Kongsgaard Variations, Richard Strauss’ Sonatina No. 2 in E-flat, Fröhliche Werkstatt (Happy Workshop), and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 performed by pianist Yefim Bronfman

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Sep 21, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S SFSYMPHONY+ STREAMING SERVICE
RELEASES NEW SEASON OF FREE CONTENT BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
 
Esa-Pekka Salonen leads two signature digital projects in the 2021-22 season—LIGETI: PARADIGMS, created with media artist Refik Anadol and SF Symphony Collaborative Partner Carol Reiley, and a new staged production of Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, directed by Netia Jones
 
New digital programs released today include SoundBox: Delirium, curated by Jeremy Denk; CURRENTS: Niji (Rainbow), curated by Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto; and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, Rhenish, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen
 
SFSymphony+ also to feature a variety of orchestral performances and chamber music with SF Symphony musicians and guest artists throughout the season
 
ALL SFSYMPHONY+ CONTENT NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE VIA SFSYMPHONYPLUS.ORG
OR VIA SFSYMPHONY+ APP

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Sep 15, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY APPOINTS DANIEL BARTHOLOMEW-POYSER AS RESIDENT CONDUCTOR OF ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION
 
KYLE DICKSON, MOLLY TURNER, AND ROSS JAMIE COLLINS JOIN SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONDUCTING STAFF IN AN EXTENSION OF THEIR WORK AS SALONEN FELLOWS IN THE COLBURN SCHOOL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC’S NEGAUNEE CONDUCTING PROGRAM

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Sep 12, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S 2021–22 FILM SERIES KICKS OFF WITH SCREENINGS OF ROB REINER’S THE PRINCESS BRIDE AND RON HOWARD’S APOLLO 13, SEPTEMBER 22–23 & 24–25, PERFORMED LIVE TO PICTURE
 
Tickets for all performances on sale NOW at sfsymphony.org
 
2021–22 SEASON FILM PROGRAMMING ALSO INCLUDES RICHARD CURTIS’ LOVE ACTUALLY, CHRIS COLUMBUS’ HOME ALONE, ROBERT ZEMECKIS’ BACK TO THE FUTURE, SAM MENDES’ SKYFALL, DISNEY AND PIXAR’S TOY STORY IN CONCERT, AND THE WACHOWSKIS’ THE MATRIX
 
SPECIAL FILM PRESENTATIONS INCLUDE BUSTER KEATON’S THE GENERAL FEATURING ORGANIST CAMERON CARPENTER AND GET HAPPY: A JUDY GARLAND CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

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Sep 10, 2021

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY OPEN 2021–22 SEASON WITH THREE PERFORMANCES FEATURING COLLABORATIVE PARTNER ESPERANZA SPALDING AND ALONZO KING LINES BALLET, SEPTEMBER 30–OCTOBER 2, 2021
 
Re-Opening Night Concert on October 1 is preceded by a complimentary Sparkling Wine Welcome in Davies Symphony Hall and an outdoor After-Party for all ticketholders
 
Re-Opening Night VIP Packages offer an enhanced experience and are available for purchase via sfsymphony.org/ReOpeningNight/vip; proceeds from the event benefit the SF Symphony’s myriad artistic, education, and community programs
 
Re-Opening Night recorded live for Great Performances on PBS; premieres Friday, November 19
 
All San Francisco Concert on September 30 and Orchestral Series Concert on October 2 round out the SF Symphony’s opening week

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Sep 10, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASES DIGITAL AUDIO AND VIDEO RECORDINGS OF KEV CHOICE’S MOVEMENTS ON SFS MEDIA SEPTEMBER 24, 2021
 
Movements features Kev Choice, AÏMA the DRMR, and Bay Area musicians alongside members of the San Francisco Symphony
 
Audio recorded in 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution; digital release available for streaming and download via major retailers worldwide on September 24, 2021
 
Learn more at sfsymphony.org/movements

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Aug 27, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASES DIGITAL AUDIO RECORDING OF NICO MUHLY’S THROUGHLINE ON SFS MEDIA AUGUST 27, 2021
 
Throughline features contributions from all eight SF Symphony Collaborative Partners with members of the San Francisco Symphony
 
Audio recorded in 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution; digital release available for streaming and download via major retailers worldwide
 
Available now at sfsymphony.org/nicomuhly 

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Aug 20, 2021

RAGNAR BOHLIN CONCLUDES 14-YEAR TENURE AS SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S CHORUS DIRECTOR

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Aug 16, 2021

SINGLE TICKETS FOR ALL SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY 2021–22 SEASON CONCERTS ON SALE TUESDAY AUGUST 31, VIA THE BOX OFFICE STARTING AT 8AM AND ONLINE & BY PHONE AT 10AM

Added holiday programming includes Holiday Soul, A Merry-Achi Christmas, Holiday Gaiety, The Nutcracker & The Mouse King, A Cool Yule Christmas, Holiday Brass, and New Year’s Eve with Darren Criss

Other added performances include Best in Brass, Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story—Film with Live Orchestra, SF Symphony Chorus: Carmina burana, and Airborne Toxic Event

Tickets for SF Symphony Chorus: Carmina burana available now; single tickets for all other 2021–22 concerts on sale August 31, 2021 via sfsymphony.org

UPDATED HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS REQUIRE PROOF OF VACCINATION FOR EVERYONE AGES 12 AND UP TO ENTER DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL DURING THE 2021–22 SEASON

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Aug 3, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES UPDATED SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL BEGINNING AUGUST 6, 2021

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Jul 23, 2021

CELLIST JOSHUA ROMAN REPLACES PABLO FERRÁNDEZ IN SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONCERTS ON JULY 30 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL AND JULY 31 AT FROST AMPHITHEATER
 
Conductor and program remain the same

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Jul 15, 2021

MARK C. HANSON STEPS DOWN AS SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Jun 29, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND ESA-PEKKA SALONEN ANNOUNCE 2021–22 SEASON

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Jun 21, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES LIFTED RESTRICTIONS AND UPDATED SAFETY PROTOCOLS BEGINNING JUNE 24, 2021

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Jun 16, 2021

TREVOR WESTON SELECTED TO RECEIVE FIRST ANNUAL EMERGING BLACK COMPOSERS PROJECT COMMISSION

World premiere of Weston’s new work to be given by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony in Fall 2022
 
Additional commissions awarded to Jonathan Bingham,
Shawn Okpebholo, and Sumi Tonooka

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Jun 3, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES SUMMER SEASON WITH CONCERTS IN DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL AND OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES AT SIGMUND STERN GROVE AND FROST AMPHITHEATER, JULY 2–AUGUST 13, 2021

 

ON JULY 4, THE SF SYMPHONY PERFORMS A FREE CONCERT AT SIGMUND STERN GROVE WITH EDWIN OUTWATER CONDUCTING
 
SF SYMPHONY PERFORMS FIVE SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERTS AT FROST AMPHITHEATER, PRESENTED BY STANFORD LIVE, JULY 10–AUGUST 7
 
Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the SF Symphony in concerts at Davies Symphony Hall on July 9 & 16 and at Frost Amphitheater on July 10 & 17

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May 24, 2021

PROGRAM UPDATES FOR LIVE CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL CONDUCTED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, JUNE 17–JUNE 25, 2021

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May 21, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING DETAILS FOR DIGITAL CONTENT ON SFSYMPHONY+ THROUGH THE END OF THE 2020–21 SEASON, WITH NEW RELEASES MAY 27–AUGUST 26, 2021

SoundBox programs curated by Destiny Muhammad, Claire Chase, Nico Muhly, and Jeremy Denk

New episodes of CURRENTS series, exploring Persian classical music and Klezmer musical cultures

Free chamber music performances by members of the San Francisco Symphony

MEMBERSHIPS AND INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS ON SALE NOW AT SFSYMPHONYPLUS.ORG

SFSymphony+ can now be downloaded as an app via the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Firestick, and is available via TV services including Apple TV, Amazon FireTV, Chromecast, Roku, and smart TVs

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May 4, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES ADDED TICKETS AND INCREASED AUDIENCE CAPACITIES FOR LIVE CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, MAY 6–JUNE 25, 2021
 
Programming announced for May 27–June 25 concerts

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Apr 30, 2021

CHINYAKARE ENSEMBLE CURATES CURRENTS: MAVAMBO ENGOMA, ROOTED IN MUSIC, AVAILABLE MAY 6 ON SFSYMPHONY+

CURRENTS: Mavambo eNgoma, Rooted in Music explores the intersection of classical and Zimbabwean musical cultures, featuring performances by members of the Chinyakare Ensemble and SF Symphony musicians

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Apr 26, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES RETURN TO LIVE CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, MAY 6–JUNE 25, 2021
 
Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the SF Symphony in live indoor performances for medical professionals and community partners May 6 & 7; program features Jean Sibelius’ Rakastava, George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, Carl Nielsen’s Little Suite for Strings, Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte, and Edvard Grieg’s From Holberg’s Time Suite

Tickets on sale May 6, 2021 for seven additional concert sets led by Jeremy Denk, James Gaffigan, Ken-David Masur, Joseph Young, Joshua Weilerstein, and Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Apr 13, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN CURATES SOUNDBOX: PATTERNS, AVAILABLE APRIL 15 ON SFSYMPHONY+

Program features Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, Terry Riley’s In C, and the world premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Saltat sobrius: Fantasy upon Sederunt príncipes, with performances by Salonen, pianist Elizabeth Dorman, SF Symphony musicians, and LINES Ballet dancers Adji Cissoko and Shuaib Elhassan

 SFSymphony+ can now be downloaded as an app via the Apple App Store and Google Play, and is available via TV services including Chromecast and smart TVs

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Mar 26, 2021

JEROD IMPICHCHAACHAAHA' TATE CURATES CURRENTS: THUNDER SONG, AVAILABLE APRIL 1 ON  SFSYMPHONY+

CURRENTS: Thunder Song explores the intersection of American Indian and classical musical cultures, featuring music by Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, Louis W. Ballard, Rochelle Chester, and from the Pomo tradition
 
Performers include Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, Elders Thomas Leon Brown aka Machuchuk and Ron Montez from the Pomo Elem Indian Colony, and members of the San Francisco Symphony

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Mar 14, 2021

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY WIN 2021 GRAMMY® AWARD IN THE CATEGORY OF BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM FOR THEIR LIVE CONCERT RECORDING OF TILSON THOMAS’ FROM THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK & MEDITATIONS ON RILKE
 
Recording on SF Symphony’s in-house label SFS Media

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Mar 11, 2021

SOUNDBOX: LINEAGE, CURATED BY COLLABORATIVE PARTNER JULIA BULLOCK AVAILABLE NOW ON  SFSYMPHONY+

Program includes music by J.S. Bach, Hildegard von Bingen, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Francis Poulenc, Ricky Ian Gordon, Elizabeth Ogonek, Aruán Ortiz, Nina Simone, Esperanza Spalding, and George Walker

SoundBox: Lineage features performances by classical singer Julia Bullock; soprano Natalia Salemmo; mezzo-soprano Silvie Jensen; violinist Benjamin Beilman; pianists Sarah Cahill, Marc Shapiro, and John Wilson; conductor Daniel Stewart; and members of the SF Symphony and Chorus

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Mar 1, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PARTNERS WITH POST:BALLET TO PRESENT PLAYING CHANGES, AVAILABLE FREE BEGINNING MARCH 4 ON SFSYMPHONY+

San Francisco contemporary dance company Post:ballet and San Francisco Symphony violinist Helen Kim bring to life seven interdisciplinary works for solo violin and dance
 
Performance features music by Samuel Adams, Philip Glass, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and LJ White; and world premieres of new works by Ambrose Akinmusire, Mary Kouyoumdjian, and Elizabeth Ogonek

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Feb 5, 2021

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASE ALBAN BERG: VIOLIN CONCERTO, SEVEN EARLY SONGS, & THREE PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA ON SFS MEDIA FEBRUARY 26, 2021
 
Gil Shaham performs Berg's Violin Concerto and soprano Susanna Phillips is soloist in Berg's Seven Early Songs

Album recorded in 24-bit/192hHz high-resolution; available in 5.1 surround-capable SACD and for download and streaming via major retailers worldwide
 
Available for pre-order now at sfsymphony.org/berg

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Jan 22, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENTS ANNUAL CHINESE NEW YEAR VIRTUAL CELEBRATION: YEAR OF THE OX, FEBRUARY 20, 2021
 
Program available for free streaming on SFSymphony+ and broadcast locally on NBC Bay Area February 20 at 4pm PST; rebroadcast February 27 at 4pm on NBC Bay Area and KTSF 26 on February 21 & 27 at 3:30pm

Event hosted by Joan Chen; features conductor Ming Luke, erhu player Tao Shi, yangqin player Wenying Wu, pianist Samantha Cho, and members of the San Francisco Symphony

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Jan 19, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN LAUNCH NEW ON-DEMAND STREAMING SERVICE SFSYMPHONY+, FEBRUARY 4, 2021

FEBRUARY—AUGUST 2021 DIGITAL PROGRAMMING INCLUDES:
 
Digital SoundBox series with three programs curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen; additional programs curated by Julia Bullock, Destiny Muhammad, Nico Muhly, and Claire Chase
 
New episodes of CURRENTS series, exploring Indian Classical, American Indian, Zimbabwean, Persian, and Klezmer musical cultures
 
Free Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration: Year of the Ox

Free chamber music performances by members of the San Francisco Symphony
 
MEMBERSHIPS ON SALE NOW AT SFSYMPHONYPLUS.ORG

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Dec 21, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AWARDED HONORARY KNIGHTHOOD

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Dec 18, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY FORMER PRINCIPAL KEYBOARDS OF 46 YEARS ROBIN SUTHERLAND PASSES AWAY

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Dec 17, 2020

SAKURAKO FISHER CONCLUDES 8-YEAR TENURE AS PRESIDENT OF THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
 
PRISCILLA B. GEESLIN ELECTED 18TH PRESIDENT OF THE SF SYMPHONY

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Nov 24, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S SFS MEDIA RECORDINGS NOMINATED FOR TWO 2021 GRAMMY AWARDS
 
BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE FOR COPLAND SYMPHONY NO. 3 AND
BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM FOR MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS’ OWN FROM THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK & MEDITATIONS ON RILKE

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Nov 9, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF ALL PREVIOUSLY PLANNED LIVE CONCERTS THROUGH JUNE 30, 2021

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Oct 21, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN PRESENT THROUGHLINE: SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY—FROM HALL TO HOME, NOVEMBER 14 

 

Concert program features world premiere of Throughline, a new SF Symphony commission composed by Nico Muhly with performances by Esa-Pekka Salonen, all eight Collaborative Partners, and the San Francisco Symphony 

Event to stream free at sfsymphony.org and broadcast locally on KQED Public Television at 7pm PST 

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Family-friendly Día de los Muertos and Deck the Hall programs to broadcast locally on NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 and stream free at sfsymphony.org 

Live 1:1 Concerts expand to multiple weekly performance sets at Davies Symphony Hall terraces  

CURRENTS Episodes I—IV to broadcast on NBC Bay Area / Telemundo 48

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Sep 24, 2020

AMERICAN MASTERS DOCUMENTARY MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS: WHERE NOW IS PREMIERES NATIONWIDE, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 AT 6 P.M. PACIFIC TIME (check local listings)

Watch on PBS, pbs.org/americanmasters, and the PBS Video app

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Sep 10, 2020

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL UPDATES FOR THE 2020-21 SEASON

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Aug 28, 2020

METALLICA AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY: S&M2 OUT NOW 
 

Live album and video captured September 6 & 8, 2019 at San Francisco’s Chase Center  
 
Available now via
 metallica.com/sm2 

 

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Aug 13, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCE THE EMERGING BLACK COMPOSERS PROJECT
 

Ten composers to receive $15,000 commission, workshops and performances by the San Francisco Symphony or San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and mentorship from trio of Bay Area music directors: Michael Morgan, Edwin Outwater, and Esa-Pekka Salonen

First call for applications open now through December 31, 2020


Click here to access the Online Press Kit, which includes downloadable images and a PDF of this press release. 

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Jul 23, 2020

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY LAUNCHES SUMMER 2020 PROGRAMMING

 

Digital programming includes CURRENTS—a four-part series curated and hosted by Michael Morgan in collaboration with San Francisco Symphony musicians and guest artists from the Bay Area  

CURRENTS Video Series and companion Podcast Series explore the intersections between classical music and Chinese, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Mexican musical cultures 

CURRENTS Explore & Create further guides conversations, activities, and opportunities for learning, curated and hosted by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser 

Summer programming also features intimate, outdoor 1:1 Concerts performed by San Francisco Symphony musicians to one audience member at a time  

CURRENTS content can be accessed via sfsymphony.org/CURRENTS 


Click here to access the Online Press Kit, which includes downloadable images, artist bios, and a PDF of this press release. 

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Jul 16, 2020

METALLICA AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY: S&M2 
TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 28, 2020
 

 

Live album and video captured September 6 & 8, 2019 at San Francisco’s Chase Center

Available for preorder starting Wednesday, July 15 via metallica.com/sm2

View the S&M2 trailer here

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Jul 1, 2020

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY APPEARS IN CNN’S THE FOURTH IN AMERICA, JULY 4, 2020

 

CNN’s The Fourth in America will stream live for subscribers on CNN.com’s homepage, across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, and can also be viewed on CNNgo, 5pm–9pm PDT / 8pm–12am EDT

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Jun 24, 2020

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC JOIN FORCES FOR A VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE TO COMMEMORATE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE UNITED NATIONS CHARTER, JUNE 26, 2020

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Jun 23, 2020

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS NAMED OFFICER IN THE ORDRE DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES

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Jun 22, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY TO STREAM LIVE JUNE 28 VIRTUAL TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS ON YOUTUBE PREMIERE
 

June 28 virtual event comes on the day that would have marked Michael Tilson Thomas’ final concert as Music Director of the Orchestra, a scheduled performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand

MTT25: An American Icon will stream free of charge on the San Francisco Symphony’s YouTube channel YouTube.com/SFSymphony on June 28 at 5pm PDT/8 pm EDT

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Jun 18, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF ALL CONCERTS THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020

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Jun 4, 2020

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY HONORS MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS’ REMARKABLE 25-YEAR TENURE AS MUSIC DIRECTOR WITH MTT25: AN ONLINE TRIBUTE—FEATURING EXPANDED DIGITAL CONTENT, VIRTUAL EVENTS, AND MORE, JUNE 4–28, 2020

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May 15, 2020

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASE
TILSON THOMAS’ FROM THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK & MEDITATIONS ON RILKE ON SFS MEDIA JUNE 26, 2020

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May 14, 2020

CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHINA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CANCEL THEIR 2020 USA TOURS

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May 13, 2020

MAYORS FROM ACROSS THE NATION SEND JOINT LETTER TO CONGRESS IN SUPPORT OF ARTS AND CULTURE FUNDING IN THE WAKE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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Apr 29, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF ALL REMAINING 2019–20 SEASON CONCERTS INCLUDING SUMMER WITH THE SYMPHONY

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Apr 15, 2020

ADDITIONAL CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL ARE CANCELED

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Apr 3, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY KDFC ENCORE RADIO BROADCAST SERIES CELEBRATING MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS TO LAUNCH ON APRIL 7

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Mar 30, 2020

ADDITIONAL CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL ARE CANCELED OR POSTPONED

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Mar 23, 2020

SFS MEDIA DIGITAL CONCERT SERIES AND DYNAMIC SEASON PLAYLIST
CELEBRATES MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS’ 25TH AND FINAL SEASON
AS MUSIC DIRECTOR

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Mar 19, 2020

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S
KEEPING SCORE TELEVISION SERIES TO BE AVAILABLE FOR FREE GLOBAL ONLINE STREAMING FOR THE FIRST TIME

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Mar 14, 2020

ALL CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL THROUGH APRIL 30 ARE CANCELED OR POSTPONED

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Mar 13, 2020

ADDITIONAL SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL AFFECTED BY COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

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Mar 12, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CANCELS TOUR TO NEW YORK AND EUROPE DUE TO GLOBAL COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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Mar 11, 2020

CONCERT CANCELLATIONS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 25

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Mar 6, 2020

ALL CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL MARCH 7–20 ARE CANCELED 

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Mar 5, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
APRIL–JUNE 2020 CONCERT CALENDAR

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Mar 5, 2020

LOUIS LANGRÉE MAKES HIS SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONDUCTING DEBUT IN CONCERTS APRIL 23–25, 2020

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Feb 28, 2020

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASE
AARON COPLAND SYMPHONY NO. 3 ON SFS MEDIA MARCH 13, 2020

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Feb 18, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND ESA-PEKKA SALONEN ANNOUNCE 2020–21 SEASON:
SALONEN’S INAUGURAL SEASON AS MUSIC DIRECTOR

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Feb 12, 2020

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony embark on Final European Tour together with performances in eight countries, March 17–April 7, 2020

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Feb 12, 2020

Siberian State Symphony Orchestra Concert on March 15 is Canceled

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Feb 11, 2020


Music Director Designate Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the San Francisco Symphony in two concert programs, February 2022 & 2729, 2020 at Davies Symphony Hall

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Feb 4, 2020

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the San Francisco Symphony to perform the US premiere of Aaron Zigman's Tango Manos Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, co-commissioned by the SFS, February 14-16 at Davies Symphony Hall

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Feb 3, 2020

Michael Morgan makes San Francisco Symphony Conducting Debut, leading the Orchestra and Chorus in concerts April 30–May 2, 2020

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Jan 24, 2020

MURRAY PERAHIA’S MARCH 10 PIANO RECITAL AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL IS CANCELED

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Jan 11, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY TO RELEASE ONGOING LIVE CONCERT RECORDINGS FROM 2019–20 SEASON, STARTING JANUARY 10

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Jan 3, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENTS PROGRAMS CURATED AND PERFORMED BY ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE SASHA COOKE, ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER, AND JULIA BULLOCK JANUARY–JUNE 2020

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Jan 3, 2020

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN TWO CONCERT PROGRAMS, JANUARY 9–18, AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

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Jan 2, 2020

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CELEBRATES BEETHOVEN'S 250TH BIRTHDAY WITH PERFORMANCES THROUGHOUT 2020

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Dec 27, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENTS 20TH ANNIVERSARY CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT & EMERALD BANQUET FEBRUARY 1, 2020 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

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Dec 3, 2019

SAKURAKO FISHER TO STEP DOWN AS SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESIDENT EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 2020

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Nov 27, 2019

San Francisco Symphony January–March 2020 Concert Calendar

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