The San Francisco Symphony 2015

Monday at 11 a.m.
  • Hosted by Rick Malone

Since its beginning in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has been known for innovative programs that offer a spectrum of traditional repertory and new music. Today, the Orchestra's artistic vitality, recordings, and groundbreaking multimedia educational projects, carry its impact throughout American musical life. -- "At a time when America's major orchestras are struggling to define their missions and maintain audiences, the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas is an exception. " -The New York Times

Airs Monday, September 7, at 1 p.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony Herbert Blomstedt will lead the orchestra in the Clarinet Concerto, Opus 57 by Nielsen, featuring clarinetist Carey Bell. Maestro Blomstedt will also lead the orchestra in Schubert's Symphony in C major, The Great. From the archives we'll conclude the program with music director Michael Tilson Thomas leading the SFO in the Love Scene from Roméo et Juliette, Opus 17 by Berlioz.

Airs Monday, August 31, at 1 p.m. On the next broadcast concert by the San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas is joined by violinist Julia Fischer for the Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major by Prokofiev. He'll then lead the orchestra in the Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz and Selections from Cinderella also by Prokofiev.

Airs Monday, August 24, at 1 p.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos will be guest conductor, joined on stage by cellist Alisa Weilerstein who will be featured soloist in Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major by Franz Joseph Haydn. Maestro Frühbeck de Burgos will also lead the orchestra in Haydn's Symphony No. 6 in D major, Le Matin and Scheherazade, the Opus 35 of Rimsky-Korsakov. Then, from the archives, music director Michael Tilson Thomas presents Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole.

Airs Monday, August 17, at 1 p.m. This week from the San Francisco Symphony violinist Simone Lamsma will join conductor Jaap van Zweden for the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor. Opening the concert maestro Zweden will lead the orchestra in Mozart's Overture from The Abduction from the Seraglio and he'll conclude the concert with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F minor. Then, from the archives, Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Roman Festivals by Respighi.

Airs Monday, August 10, at 1 p.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony pianist Hélène Grimaud joins guest conductor Lionel Bringuier for a work by Brahms with emotion too big to be confined to two pianos. It's the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor by Brahms, along with the aural kinetic Sculpture of Henri Dutilleux called Métaboles, and Maurice Ravel's twisted tribute to the waltz king in his La Valse. Also, from the archives, Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in a performance of Debussy's Nocturnes.

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