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San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra announces 2018–2019 season

October 16, 2018

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San Francisco Symphony
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Images of Jonas Koh, the SFS Youth Orchestra, and Christian Reif are available for download in the SFSYO Press Kit. 


SFSYO’s 2018 Concerto Competition winner Jonas Koh performs Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings, opening the season November 11 at 2pm

Orchestra embarks on 11th international tour in June 2019 with violinist Nicola Benedetti

Christian Reif concludes term as SFSYO Wattis Foundation Music Director after 2018–19 season

Other highlights of 2018–19 season include performances with SF Opera Adler Fellows, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, Mahlerwerk by SFSYO alumnus Nathaniel Stookey, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1

SAN FRANCISCO, October 15, 2018 — The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) and Wattis Foundation Music Director Christian Reif open the 2018–19 season Sunday, November 11 at 2pm in Davies Symphony Hall with the SFSYO’s 2018 Concerto Competition winner Jonas Koh performing Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings. Composed in 2005, Séjourné’s work for marimba is one of few in the repertoire. “I have the rare opportunity to exhibit the capabilities of a beautiful instrument whose place in the modern world of music only continues to grow. Together with the Youth Orchestra, I aim to create a performance that deems Séjourné’s piece as not only a great ‘marimba concerto,’ but a great piece of music,” Koh says. The November 11 concert also includes John Adams’s The Chairman Dances and closes with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7.

The SFS Youth Orchestra’s 2018–19 season involves four additional concerts at Davies Symphony Hall, including the annual holiday concert performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, featuring actor Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) as narrator on December 9, 2018.

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