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Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights with two weeks of concerts, November 15–18 & 23–45

October 19, 2018

   


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / OCTOBER 19, 2018
 

(Anne Frank; Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony; Isabel Leonard and Michael Tilson Thomas. Photos are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Press Kit.


MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CELEBRATE THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS’ UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS WITH TWO WEEKS OF CONCERTS, NOVEMBER 15–18 & 23–25

MTT CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE OF FROM THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK—HIS 1990 COMPOSITION WRITTEN FOR AUDREY HEPBURN AND UNICEF—WITH ISABEL LEONARD NARRATING

Concert programs also feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; and Berg’s Seven Early Songs, featuring soprano Susanna Phillips

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) leads the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in two concert programs in honor of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, November 15–18 & 23–25 at Davies Symphony Hall. Drafted by representatives from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948, for the first time setting out fundamental human rights which are to be universally protected. November 15–18 concerts feature the first SFS performances of From the Diary of Anne Frank, MTT’s dramatic work for narrator and orchestra based on the historic diary kept by Anne Frank during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The work, commissioned by UNICEF, was written for Audrey Hepburn as a vehicle in her role as an ambassador for UNICEF. Hepburn grew up in occupied Holland and identified strongly with Anne Frank, who was her exact same age. From the Diary of Anne Frank was premiered in 1990 by the New World Symphony, with MTT conducting and Hepburn narrating, and has since been translated and performed in many languages worldwide, including at the United Nations General Assembly Hall. MTT remarks, “I now realize that so much of this work is a reflection not just of Anne Frank, but of Audrey Hepburn. Audrey's simplicity, her deeply caring nature, the ingenuous sing-song of her voice are all present in the phrase shapes of the orchestra. The work would never have existed without her, and it is dedicated to her.” Isabel Leonard narrates the November 15–18 performances of From the Diary of Anne Frank, which will be recorded live for future release on San Francisco Symphony’s in-house label SFS Media. Completing the program is Beethoven’s epic testament to liberty, Symphony No. 3, Eroica. Tickets to these concerts have been provided free of charge to volunteers and staff from a variety of Bay Area social justice and human rights organizations.

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