As the San Francisco Symphony approaches its centennial in 2011-12, it is a fitting time for wrapping up major projects and looking towards the future. After a decade of intense devotion to the works of Gustav Mahler, MTT and the Symphony complete their monumental cycle of the composer’s orchestral works and plot their path forward in recording projects devoted to two other MTT touchstones: Beethoven and American music.
Mahler’s Rückert Songs, with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, an SFS Media release from 2010
Mahler and Beyond
10 years. A dozen recordings. 7 Grammys. By any measure, MTT and the Symphony’s Mahler cycle is a transformative event for conductor, orchestra, and the world. The 2010-11 season sees MTT and the Symphony conclude their Mahler cycle with distinction: A two-part Keeping Score episode traces the composer’s origins and legacy while the SFS Media Mahler recording project closes with the release of Mahler’s Songs for Orchestra (featuring Susan Graham and Thomas Hampson) in September 2010. A centerpiece of the season is a rare four-concert engagement at the famed Vienna Konzerthaus—where MTT and the Symphony are greeted by the composer’s granddaughter Marina Mahler. With the Mahler cycle now complete, MTT and the Orchestra look ahead to further intriguing recording projects, kicking off a survey of Beethoven’s symphonies, choral works, and piano concertos, and exploring major works by Charles Ives/Henry Brant and Copland.
Celebrating the Creative Spirit: Project San Francisco
The multi-faceted composer and artist residency program Project San Francisco brings some of today’s most significant musicians to San Francisco to collaborate with the Symphony in concerts, chamber music, lectures, and education and community events. 2010-11 welcomes composer and longtime San Francisco Symphony friend John Adams and an MTT protégée, the brilliant young pianist Yuja Wang.
Sébastien Gingras (cello)
Organist Paul Jacobs and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke joined MTT and the Orchestra on the September 2010 European Tour.
Lucerne, Switzerland, Kultur und Kongresszentrum
Milan, Italy, Teatro degli Arcimboldi
Turin, Italy, Il Lingotto
The May-June 2011 European Tour featured violinist Christian Tetzlaff, soprano Laura Claycomb, and mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus.
Prague, Czech Republic, Smetana Hall
Vienna, Austria, Grosser Saal
Brussels, Belgium, Palais des Beaux-Art
Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Philharmonie
Essen, Germany, Philharmonie
Paris, France, Salle Pleyel
Barcelona, Spain, Palau de la Musica
Madrid, Spain, Auditorio Nacional de Música
Lisbon, Portugal, Coliseu dos Recreios