The Prelude Series

For a select number of concerts each month, join us 45 minutes before the performance to take part in a free pre-concert discussion hosted in a casual, intimate lounge setting on the First Tier Lobby of Davies Symphony Hall. These events foster a lively exchange of ideas and are sure to illuminate your concert experience. Feel free to come with a drink or a bite to eat from our café, The Tuning Fork.

Upcoming Prelude Series Concerts

Nov 24–26:  MTT Conducts Mahler's Fourth

Discussion Topic: Music to Brain Coupling

What happens when you couple the visual movements of musicians on stage with the dynamic acoustics of a large concert space? Join us for an enlightening discussion on how attending a live musical performance has profound effects on our brains and how it helps us to better understand ourselves.

Hosts: Barbara Bogatin, a veteran cellist with the San Francisco Symphony, and her husband, Clifford Saron, PhD, a research neuroscientist at the Center for Mind and Brain and MIND Institute at UC Davis.

Past Prelude Series Concerts

Nov 10–12:  American Masters: Gershwin, Ives, and More

Discussion Topic: What makes something distinctly American?

Within a concert featuring three very different perspectives of the American sound, this discussion will explore the infinite diversity of the American experience and how these dynamics are expressed through culture and music. For example, the glittering jazz world of Gershwin’s An American in Paris and the quaint choral setting of Ives’ Psalm 90 juxtapose the secular and the sacred in a particularly intriguing American way.

Host: Steven Winn, an award-winning writer and veteran theater and culture critic from the San Francisco Chronicle.