San Francisco Symphony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / SEPTEMBER 17, 2018
(High resolution images of Michael Tilson Thomas, Audra McDonald, Renée Fleming, Leonidas Kavakos, and the San Francisco Symphony are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library)
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY OPEN CARNEGIE HALL’S 2018–2019 SEASON WITH OPENING NIGHT GALA CONCERT, OCTOBER 3
Gala program includes works by Gershwin and Liszt, plus renowned vocalists Renée Fleming and Audra McDonald performing songs, arias, and duets from opera and musical theater
SF Symphony Tour continues with an All-Stravinsky Program featuring violinist Leonidas Kavakos, October 4 at Carnegie Hall and October 5 at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
Pre-tour performances of All-Stravinsky Program take place at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, September 27–30, as part of the SF Symphony’s Stravinsky Festival
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) launch Carnegie Hall’s 2018–2019 season with an Opening Night Gala Concert on October 3, featuring Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and An American in Paris, Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1 for Orchestra, and renowned vocalists Renée Fleming and Audra McDonald performing works by Gershwin, Villa-Lobos, Bock/Sheldon Harnick, Guettel, Nyro, and Sondheim/Rodgers. The Opening Night Gala Concert will be broadcast live to listeners around the world via Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and online at wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr.
Michael Tilson Thomas made his Carnegie Hall debut nearly 50 years ago, leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1969. This season, he curates his second Perspectives series, celebrating more than 100 performances at Carnegie Hall and his 19th Carnegie Hall tour with the San Francisco Symphony. Known for his work as a composer as well as conductor, MTT’s compositions have been performed around the world, many premiering at Carnegie Hall during his first Perspectives series (2003–2005). In 2012, MTT and the SF Symphony presented a landmark two-week American Mavericks festival, which showcased music by groundbreaking American composers and included four performances at Carnegie Hall. MTT and the SFS’s performance at Carnegie Hall’s 1998 Opening Gala was telecast nationally on PBS’s Great Performances, and their 2008 Opening Gala concert celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s 90th birthday was recorded and released on DVD.
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