View of monitors in the control truck during the filming of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica for Keeping Score, 2006




As the world expands through the rise of new media, MTT and the San Francisco Symphony continue to connect with music lovers in innovative ways. New SFS Media recordings garner wide acclaim, and it is now time to bring music to the masses. Radio. Television. Internet. It’s all there in Keeping Score, MTT and the San Francisco Symphony’s game-changing entrant in this new digital world.

The Complete Package: Keeping Score

It is one of the most ambitious efforts ever undertaken by an American orchestra: a ten-year project of original content about the world’s great composers told through public television, public radio, and the internet. Season one of Keeping Score premieres on PBS in November 2006 and is must-see TV. Each episode unveils a story told by MTT, tracing how a composer (Copland, Stravinsky, and Beethoven in season one) came to write music now part of the basic repertory, complete with full-length San Francisco Symphony performances of the featured compositions. Filmed in HD and on location—in places like Vienna, Paris, Moscow—these programs are visual feasts. A significant addition to MTT and the Symphony’s music education legacy, Keeping Score’s impact is measurable.

MTT and crew on location in Paris
Sarah Duxbury, San Francisco Business Times, October 15, 2006
Keeping Score producer/director David Kennard and MTT 
—Zoë Mezin, San Francisco Chronicle 
MTT and director Gary Halvorson review Keeping Score footage
James Jolly, reviewing Keeping Score in Gramophone  
MTT with Grammys for the recording of Mahler‘s Seventh Symphony, 2007
MTT and Gala Chair
Margaret Liu Collins, 2006 Opening Gala
MTT backstage with
Christian Tetzlaff,

Raushan Akhmedyarova (violin)
Dan Carlson (violin) 

James Gaffigan (Associate Conductor)

Kevin Volans: Atlantic Crossing
(World premiere, San Francisco Symphony commission)

Robin Holloway: Fourth Concerto for Orchestra
 (World premiere, San Francisco Symphony commission)


2006–07 Tours

2006 European Tour
The September 2006 European Tour was a blockbuster. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Hélène Grimaud made appearances and MTT and the Symphony gave two performances of Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 8, with solo vocalists Erin Wall, Elza van den Heever, Laura Claycomb, Michelle DeYoung, Elena Manistina, Anthony Dean Griffey, James Johnson, Raymond Aceto, and the Bamberg Symphony Chorus, Prague Philharmonic Chorus, and Basel Children’s Chorus

Luxembourg, Salle de Concerts Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte
Lucerne, Kultur und Kongresszentrum

2007 New York and European Tour

Baritone Thomas Hampson headlined MTT and the Symphony’s May 2007 Tour.

New York, NY, Carnegie Hall
Vienna, Konzerthaus
Prague, Smetana Hall

Tune in to KDFC at 3pm daily for “MTT Time”—special concert broadcasts from each year of MTT’s historic tenure, featuring commentary from MTT himself.

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