Tchaik 5 & Mason Bates’ Philharmonia Fantastique

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This week, the San Francisco Symphony brings together two composers—one past and one present—for an inspired pairing of audience favorites. Guest conductor Teddy Abrams leads the orchestra in the West Coast premiere of Philharmonia Fantastique by the internationally renowned Bay Area composer Mason Bates. A fixture as a DJ in the splashiest nightclubs around town, Bates turns his ear for layering sound, rhythm and texture upon the infinitely variable palette of the symphony orchestra (plus a pair of laptops). Bates' work appears side-by-side with another master musical colorist—but in a nineteenth-century aesthetic—Tchaikovsky, who delivers a volcanic rush of irresistible melodies in his thundering Symphony No. 5.


Conductor/Performers

Teddy Abrams

conductor

San Francisco Symphony

Program

Barber

Second Essay for Orchestra

Mason Bates

Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra West Coast Premiere, SFS Co-commission

Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 5

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

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  1. Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  2. Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  3. Sat, Apr 18, 2020 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

If you would like assistance purchasing tickets for patrons with disabilities, please call the box office at 415-864-6000.

Pre- and post-show Events

Inside Music: an informative talk by Peter Grunberg with Mason Bates, begins one hour prior to concerts. Free to ticketholders. Learn More.

Off-The-Podium: a post-concert Q & A opportunity for the audience to ask questions of Abrams and Bates