MTT & Mahler: Love & Lyricism

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Sasha Cooke


Ryan McKinny


San Francisco Symphony


Overture to Benvenuto Cellini 

Hector Berlioz

Rilke Songs 

Michael Tilson Thomas

Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Gustav Mahler

La Valse

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


Davies Symphony Hall

Thu, Jan 9, 2020 at 8:00PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 8:00PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sat, Jan 11, 2020 at 8:00PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 2:00PM

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Event Description

In his final season as San Francisco Symphony Music Director, Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the composer who, more than any other, brought the SFS into the hearts of music-lovers across the globe: Gustav Mahler. In this concert, love’s anguish finds its voice in Mahler’s settings of the classic folk poems Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Driving the marriage of music and poetry into the present, MTT leads the San Francisco Symphony in the world premiere of his latest composition, Rilke Songs, a six-part song cycle based on the lyric poems of Rainer Maria Rilke, featuring Grammy Award-winning mezzo Sasha Cooke (in residence this season) and gorgeously resonant bass-baritone Ryan McKinny. 

Part of the Symphony’s ongoing commitment to the new American Sound, these performances of Rilke Songs are being recorded for future release on the SFS Media label.


Sasha Cooke

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