San Francisco Symphony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / APRIL 30, 2019
(High resolution images of Michael Tilson Thomas, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, 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 WORKS BY DEBUSSY, LIGETI, AND MAHLER IN MAY, 2019
May 9–11 concerts feature Debussy’s Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un faune, Nocturnes, and La Mer—all to be recorded live for future release on SFS Media; and Ligeti’s Piano Concerto performed by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard
On May 16–18, MTT leads the Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 7
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) leads the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in two transcendent programs this May at Davies Symphony Hall. May 9–11 concerts feature the whimsical and expressive music of Debussy, composed during the luminous Belle Époque—Prelude à L'Après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun), a work which helped define the composer’s distinctive voice by reinventing the way colors and emotions can be expressed through sound; the exquisite Nocturnes; and his churning sea picture, La Mer, inspired by the beauties of the sea. These performances of Debussy’s works will be recorded live for future release on SFS Media, following on the heels of the 2016 Grammy Award-nominated SFS Media all-Debussy album featuring Images pour orchestre, Jeux, and La plus que lente—praised by The Guardian for its “superlative state-of-the-art sound” and “astonishing rapport that Tilson Thomas has developed with the San Francisco [Symphony] during his 20 years as its music director.” Completing the program is Ligeti’s complex Piano Concerto, featuring one of today’s great musical visionaries, piano virtuoso Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Widely acclaimed as a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Aimard was awarded the prestigious 2017 International Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in recognition of a life devoted to the service of music.
On May 16–18, Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the SF Symphony in Mahler’s profound Symphony No. 7. Sometimes referred to as Song of the Night, Mahler’s Seventh Symphony depicts a journey from night to day—searing to joyful, intimate to haunting. MTT and the SFS’s 2006 recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 was recognized with Grammy Awards for Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance, making up two of seven Grammy Awards received by MTT and the SFS for their self-produced Mahler recording project on the SFS Media label. Launched in 2001 and concluded in 2010, MTT and the SFS’s Mahler cycle encompasses all of Mahler’s symphonies and works for voice, chorus and orchestra.
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