San Francisco Symphony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / JANUARY 9, 2019
(High resolution images of Michael Tilson Thomas, Gil Shaham, Steven Mackey, and the San Francisco Symphony are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library)
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN WORLD PREMIERE OF STEVEN MACKEY’S PORTALS, SCENES AND CELEBRATIONS, FEBRUARY 7–9 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL
Program also includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Gil Shaham performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) leads the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in the world premiere of Steven Mackey’s Portals, Scenes and Celebrations—commissioned by the SFS and composed in honor of MTT; Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham; and Tchaikovsky’s expressive Symphony No. 4, February 7–9 at Davies Symphony Hall. Mackey’s Portals, Scenes and Celebrations is a colorful, energetic work comprising five contrasting tableaus, connected by musical material which the composer describes as “portals to other dimensions rather than logical consequences.” The work was inspired by Mackey’s correspondence with MTT, who asked him to compose “an up-tempo, dazzling and joyous” piece. This is the sixth work Mackey has written for MTT in their twenty-five years of collaboration, others including Lost and Found, Tuck and Roll, Pedal Tones, and Turn the Key.
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