Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony return with their specialty: Mahler. MTT has been associated with the San Francisco Symphony since his first guest conducting appearance in 1974, and their Mahler Project, a 17-disc set recorded over an eight-year period of all of the composer’s symphonies and works for voice with orchestra, has won seven Grammy awards.
||Symphony No. 9 (1908-09)
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The orchestra has requested to perform the complete Symphony No. 9 with no late seating break. Because we anticipate that arriving to Hill Auditorium late and missing the entire work may be very disappointing, we are making extra efforts to ensure our audience for this concert is aware of the policy.
New this season! UMS “Tune in” - a series of brief pre-show talks by inspired and experienced special guests. Each Tune is just 15 minutes long. A special guest speaker will offer a unique perspective, tidbits of information, and provocative questions for thinking about, listening to, and watching the performance. Our special guest for this performance is Laura Jackson, Music Director of the Reno Philharmonic. Tune in begins at 7:30 pm in Hill Auditorium Mezzanine Lobby.
Where does inspiration come from? What makes an artist tick? Join us for a post-performance Q&A and get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists that bring creativity to the stage. Must have a ticket to this evening’s performance to attend.
San Francisco Symphony website
In the wake of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco’s civic leaders set about creating a permanent orchestra in the music-loving city. In December 1911, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) gave its first concerts, rekindling the city’s cultural life. It delighted audiences with a kaleidoscopic mix of classics and new music.
The orchestra grew in stature and acclaim under a succession of distinguished music directors. Henry Hadley was followed by Alfred Hertz, who had led the American premieres of Parsifal, Salome, and Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera. Then came Basil Cameron, Issay Dobrowen, the legendary Pierre Monteux, who had introduced the world to Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps and Petrushka, Enrique Jordá, Josef Krips, Seiji Ozawa, Edo de Waart, and Herbert Blomstedt, who continues to serve as Conductor Laureate.
Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) became Music Director in 1995. Under his leadership, the orchestra has reached new artistic heights and new audiences. In 2006, MTT and the SFS launched Keeping Score, a multi-year, multimedia program designed to make classical music accessible to people of all ages and musical backgrounds.
This concert is the San Francisco Symphony’s 14th appearance under UMS. The Symphony made its UMS debut in October 1980 under conductor Edo de Waart and most recently performed at UMS in March 2012 with Michael Tilson Thomas as part of the the American Mavericks festival.