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James Gaffigan conducts the San Francisco Symphony, stepping in for Michael Tilson Thomas, May 9–11 at Davies Symphony Hall

May 3, 2019

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MAY 3, 2019


JAMES GAFFIGAN CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, MAY 9–11 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Gaffigan steps in for Michael Tilson Thomas, who has withdrawn due to illness

Program includes works by Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Ligeti’s Piano Concerto featuring pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Conductor James Gaffigan will conduct the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in performances May 911, stepping in for Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT). Following his performances this week with the New World Symphony at Carnegie Hall, MTT became ill and has been advised by his doctor to refrain from conducting for the next week. He very much looks forward to returning to the podium for upcoming SFS performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 on May 1618.

Returning to the podium following a dynamic series of concerts with the San Francisco Symphony last week, James Gaffigan will lead the SFS in a program featuring Saint-Saëns’ “Bacchanale” from Samson and Dalila and the west coast premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Something for the Dark. Remaining on the program are Debussy’s La Mer and Ligeti’s Piano Concerto featuring piano virtuoso Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Please note that the SFS Chorus will no longer participate as a part of the program due to the change in repertoire.

Currently the Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, James Gaffigan has a long history with the SFS, having served as the Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony from 2006 to 2009—a position specially created for him by Michael Tilson Thomas.

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