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Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in four distinct concert programs in March, at Davies Symphony Hall

February 7, 2017

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San Francisco Symphony
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / February 7, 2017

(High resolution images of Nicola Benedetti, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gautier Capuçon, and Jeff Anderson are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library)


Concerts Include First SFS Performances of Mikhail Gnesin’s The Jewish Orchestra at the Ball of Nothingtown March 1–4, and John Cage’s The Seasons with Video Accompaniment March 23–26

MTT Conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Adagio from Symphony No. 10 March 30–April 2

Cellist Gautier Capuçon Performs Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, SFS Principal Tuba Jeffrey Anderson Performs U.S. Premiere of Robin Holloway’s Europa and the Bull, and Violinist Nicola Benedetti Performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1

March Concerts Also Include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

SAN FRANCISCO, February 7 — Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) conducts the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in four distinct concert programs in March, featuring rarely heard symphonic works paired with masterpieces from the core repertoire. The month opens March 1–4 with MTT conducting the first SFS performances of Mikhail Gnesin’s dance suite The Jewish Orchestra at the Ball of Nothingtown and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique. Cellist Gautier Capuçon returns to perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1.

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts John Cage’s avant-garde ballet, The Seasons, March 23–26 with visualization conceived by MTT with projections designed by video artist Clyde Scott and lighting design by Luke Kritzeck. A provocative canvas of color palettes designed to bring viewers into a deeper realm of imagery associated with each season, the projections and lighting were created for an earlier performance at the New World Symphony in 2016 and have since been further developed and re-worked for these performances. The concerts also feature Bartók’s virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra. SFS Principal Tuba Jeffrey Anderson is featured in the U.S. premiere of concertante for tuba and orchestra, Europa and the Bull by Robin Holloway on March 23 and 24. A SFS co-commission with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Europa and the Bull is inspired by the tale and paintings of Jupiter’s pursuit of beautiful nymph Europa as he woos her in the form of a bull, portrayed by the tuba. The work received its world premiere in Liverpool in October 2015. Violinist Nicola Benedetti returns on March 25 and 26 to perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

The month of March concludes March 30–April 2 with MTT conducting a program of two of Mahler’s Adagio from Symphony No. 10 and Symphony No. 1. MTT’s Mahler recordings with the San Francisco Symphony have garnered seven Grammy awards.

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