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MTT & Brahms’ A German Requiem

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Dashon Burton


Ragnar Bohlin


San Francisco Symphony






Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)

All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.


Davies Symphony Hall

Fri, May 22, 2020 at 8:00PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sat, May 23, 2020 at 8:00PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sun, May 24, 2020 at 2:00PM

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Event Description

Enthralling, intimate, spacious, human. In his choral masterpiece Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Johannes Brahms crafts an exquisite hymn of consolation. 100 years and an ocean away from the Requiem’s debut, 26-year-old Michael Tilson Thomas traveled to a Vermont nursing home to meet the nonagenarian Carl Ruggles. Devoted to the discovery of America’s visionaries, MTT became a lifelong champion of Ruggles’s music, and transformed the San Francisco Symphony into a hotbed for the new American sound. Now, in his final season as Music Director, MTT doubles down on his commitment to side-by-side performances of visionaries past and present with this inspired pairing of Ruggles and Brahms.

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Joélle Harvey's appearance is supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Guest Artists.