Music for Families: Work Hard, Play Hard—The Lives of Composers and Conductors

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San Francisco Symphony

Christian Reif


Anna Clyne



Candide Overture

Leonard Bernstein

Aragonaise and Habanera from Carmen Suite


Hornpipe from Much Ado About Nothing Suite


Girl Crazy 


Auguries from Abstractions


Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring


Mestizo Waltz

Gabriela Lena Frank

"Mambo" from Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein

The Hut on Fowls' Legs from Pictures at an Exhibition

Modest Mussorgsky (arr. Maurice Ravel)

Allegro vivace from Concert Românesc 



Davies Symphony Hall

Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 5:00PM

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Event Description

Composing and conducting are big jobs: composers imagine the music and write it down, and conductors work with orchestras to bring the music to life. But how do they come up with and communicate their ideas, and what inspires their musical talents? Get a glimpse of the diverse backgrounds and creative lives of these musical magicians as the SF Symphony and Resident Conductor Christian Reif explore the music of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and other great American musical heroes.

Come early and collect stamps for your musical passport, enjoy lobby activities such as the instrument petting zoo, coloring stations, and our conductor photo station. Ticket holders receive free online materials to enhance musical discovery at home.

Recommended for ages 5 and older.

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Concert Extras

Ravel in America
Discover more about the life and work of composer Maurice Ravel and his connection to the San Francisco Symphony in a special exhibition located on the First Tier. Learn More.

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