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, December 5, at 1 p.m. Join us for a new season of broadcast concerts from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as music director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in Rossini's Overture to La gazza ladra and new music by Bates entitled "Alternative Energy." Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will also be featured in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major and the concert concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor.

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Airs Saturday, November 26, at 12 noon. This week we close out the American Opera series from WFMT with a concert performance of Beethoven's Fidelio. Nicholas Phan will be featured Brandon Jovanovich as Florestan and Nina Stemme as Leonore, with Kevin Langan Rocco, Nicholas Phan as Jaquino, Joélle Harvey as Rocco, Alan Held as Don Pizarro, Matthew Newlin as the First Prisoner, Craig Verm as Florestan, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Fernando. The San Francisco Symphony and Chorus will be under Michael Tilson Thomas and Ragnar Bohlin is chorus director.

Airs Monday, December 7, at 1 p.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony violinist Gil Shaham joins music director Michael Tilson Thomas for an all Stranvinsky concert, including one ballet with its roots in the 17th century and another that jump stated the 20th as well as a concertos that starts with an impossible chord. We'll hear music from Stravinsky's Agon, the Rite of Spring, and Apollo along with the Violin Concerto in D. 

Airs Monday, November 30, at 1 p.m. Soprano Nadine Sierra will be the guest soloist this week on the San Francisco Symphony for three works from Mozart's unfinished operata Zaïde. We'll hear 'Ruhe sanft mein ganzes Leben;' 'Trostlos schluchzet Philomel,' and 'Tiger! Wetze nur die Klauen.' Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas will round out the concert with one of the few works that brought Anton Bruckner success during his lifetime. We'll hear Bruckners Symphony No. 7 and we'll close with Schumann Symphony No. 3.

Airs Monday, November 23, at 1 p.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony, music director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in Aaron Copland's celebration of a Havana damce hall in his Danzón cubano. Then tenor Toby Spence along with French hornist Robert Ward will be the soloists in a cycle of songs about the night with Benjamin Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Opus 31. Also on the program Dmitri Shostakovich's dramatic and politically charged Symphony No. 15 in A major and from the archives will hear the Divertimento in D major by Mozart.

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