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San Francisco Symphony Announces Summer with the Symphony Concerts, July 4–26, 2019

May 6, 2019

Public Relations
San Francisco Symphony
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Highlights include American Voices with Capathia Jenkins and Denzal Sinclaire; Steve Hackman’s Brahms V. Radiohead; An Evening with Patti LuPone; Leslie Odom, Jr. with the SFS; world premiere performances of Disney·Pixar’s UP: In Concert Live to Film with the SF Symphony; and a concert dedicated to the music of Beethoven

SF Symphony performs inaugural series concerts at Stanford’s Frost Amphitheater, July 10 & 13–14

Tickets for Frost Amphitheater concerts and Disney·Pixar’s UP: In Concert Live to Film with the SF Symphony on sale now at

Tickets for all other Summer with the Symphony concerts on sale May 7 at

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) announces its annual Summer with the Symphony series, running July 4–July 26 at Davies Symphony Hall and at other outdoor locations throughout the Bay Area. The series includes an array of family-friendly, classical, and innovative programs, with a variety of offerings throughout the month of July. Davies Symphony Hall programming kicks off on July 5, with Edwin Outwater conducting the SFS in American Voices—a tribute to some of the most genre-defining voices in American music. The program features award-winning jazz vocalist Denzal Sinclaire performing some of Nat King Cole’s greatest hits, as well as a powerful tribute to the queen of soul Aretha Franklin, performed by renowned Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins.

On July 11, Steve Hackman conducts the SF Symphony in Brahms V. Radiohead—a singular performance that reimagines classical music with electronic-orchestral syntheses, featuring a daring hybrid of music by Romantic composer Brahms and electronic/rock group Radiohead. Vocalists Kéren Tayár, Bill Prokopow, and Andrew Lipke join the SFS in this one of a kind presentation. Then on July 12, two-time Tony and two-time Grammy Award®-winning Broadway legend Patti LuPone, joined by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, performs classic Broadway showtunes by Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, and more (the SFS does not appear in this presentation).

The following weekend at Davies Symphony Hall, the San Francisco Symphony presents three diverse programs, performing classical masterworks, riveting film scores, and Broadway hits. On July 18, conductor Brett Mitchell leads the SFS in Wagner’s tempestuous Overture to The Flying Dutchman, a swashbuckling maritime opera inspired by one of the composer’s own stormy sea crossings, and Mendelssohn’s lyrical Violin Concerto featuring award-winning Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot. This is followed on July 19 by a special concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In Out of This World—A Celebration on the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, Sarah Hicks conducts the SFS in mesmerizing works by Ravel, R. Strauss, and Debussy, legendary film music by John Williams, and a medley of “Moon Songs,” performed by vocalist Tiffany Austin. Retired NASA astronaut Leland D. Melvin hosts the celebration, and the cosmic experience is enhanced by stunning visuals projected on a large screen above the stage, courtesy of José Francisco Salgado. Rounding out the weekend are two performances by vocalist Leslie Odom, Jr. with the SF Symphony, conducted by Damon Gupton, July 20–21. Leslie Odom, Jr.’s sensational performance as Aaron Burr in the original cast of Broadway’s hit musical Hamilton launched him to international acclaim and earned him the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album as a principal vocalist.

On July 25, electrifying young conductor Nimrod David Pfeffer leads the SFS in works by history’s greatest classical icon, Beethoven. The program includes Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, the legendary Symphony No. 5, and his triumphant Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, featuring pianist Rodolfo Leone—2017 First Prize Winner of the 15th International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna. Summer with the Symphony concludes on July 26–27 with Disney•Pixar’s Up: In Concert Live to Film with the SF Symphonythe world premiere performances of this animated feature film with live orchestra. Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos, the SFS performs the score live as the film is projected on a large screen above the Davies Symphony Hall stage. Directed by Pete Docter with music by Michael Giacchino, Disney•Pixar’s Up received Academy Awards® for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score, and won three Grammy Awards® for Giacchino’s delightful score.

Earlier this season, the San Francisco Symphony announced a new partnership with Stanford University to present an annual series of concerts in the newly-renovated Frost Amphitheater on the Stanford campus—SF Symphony at Frost, Presented by Stanford Live. New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New makes her debut with the Orchestra in the inaugural series concert on July 10—an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring American violinist Gil Shaham performing the composer’s Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 5 which replaces the previously announced Symphony No. 4, and the “Polonaise” from Eugene Onegin. Gemma New conducts the inaugural concert in addition to her scheduled performances leading the SFS July 13–14 at Frost in a program featuring Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Beethoven’s majestic Symphony No. 9 with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and vocal soloists. Soloists include mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connorsoprano Mary Evelyn Hangley, tenor A.J. Glueckert, and bass Adam Lau.

“The San Francisco Symphony is thrilled to strengthen our relationship with Stanford University as we begin our first season in the beautiful and beloved Frost Amphitheater,” said Symphony President and Stanford Alumna Sakurako Fisher. “Our Orchestra has a great history at Frost and this series serves as a wonderful opportunity for the broader Bay Area community to, once again, enjoy our music under the sun and stars in this historic tree-lined bowl.” The San Francisco Symphony’s relationship with the Stanford University community has been a long and fruitful one. In 1913, only two years after its founding, the SFS performed its first concert for Stanford students in Assembly Hall.  The SF Symphony made its debut at Stanford’s Frost Amphitheater four years after its opening, as part of Stanford’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in 1941, with Music Director Pierre Monteux conducting. For more than a decade in the 1960’s–70’s, the Symphony performed a benefit concert at Frost Amphitheater every summer, conducted by the legendary Arthur Fiedler. Most recently, the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas were featured in the celebratory Grand Opening concert of Bing Concert Hall in January 2013. 

Other SFS performances away from Davies Symphony Hall include the annual 4th of July concert and fireworks spectacular presented by LiveNation at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View and a free concert at the 82nd Stern Grove Festival at Sigmund Stern Grove on July 7. On July 4, conductor Edwin Outwater leads the SF Symphony in classical favorites, selections from famous film scores, chart-topping pop songs performed by vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Constantine Maroulis, and more—culminating in a grand finale of amazing fireworks. Then on July 7, Outwater conducts the SFS in Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave, Elgar’s Sea Pictures with contralto Lauren Decker, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at the Stern Grove Festival—an admission-free performing arts series that has taken place every summer since 1938 at Sigmund Stern Grove. Prior to the performance, Edwin Outwater participates in a pre-performance Artist Talk, held at Stern Grove’s Trocadero Clubhouse at 12pm.

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