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Esa-Pekka Salonen

SFS Music Director Designate and Conductor

San Francisco Symphony


Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary


Les Illuminations


Three Poems of Stéphane Mallarmé


Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose)



Davies Symphony Hall

Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 8:00PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 8:00PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sat, Feb 22, 2020 at 8:00PM

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Event Description

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Designate Esa-Pekka Salonen guides the Orchestra into a beguiling mashup of music and the written word. Charles Perrault was one of the original proponents of children’s literature. A prominent French author and avid collector of folk tales, he assembled an unforgettable set of stories under the name Mother Goose in 1695. 200 years later, his enduring characters found their way into an enchanting orchestral suite by Ravel. By then, French poetry had ventured into the hallucinatory realm of Arthur Rimbaud and Stéphane Mallarmé. To navigate the Britten and Ravel settings of these surrealistic landscapes, Salonen welcomes the impressive soprano and SFS Artist-in-Residence Julia Bullock. The evening begins with a work written after a suggestion by Salonen to Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky: the haunting, freely conceived Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary.

Inside Music: an informative talk by Laura Prichard, begins one hour prior to concerts. Free to ticketholders. Learn More.

Off-The-Podium: After Friday's concert, there will be a post-concert Q & A opportunity for the audience to ask questions of Salonen and Bullock.

Julia Bullock


These concerts, a part of The Barbro and Bernard Osher Masterworks Series, are made possible by a generous gift from Barbro and Bernard Osher.

These concerts are made possible through the generosity of Trine Sorensen and Michael Jacobson in honor of Esa-Pekka Salonen and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony.

Presented in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission

Julia Bullock’s appearance is generously supported by the Shenson Young Artist Fund.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.