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, November 9, at 1 p.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony pianist Kirill Gerstein joins guest conductor Charles Dutoit for one of Beethoven's musical calling cards, the Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major. we'll also hear maestro Dutoit as he leads the orchestra through Dmitri Shostakovich's deconstruction of the Stalin years in his Symphony No. 10 in E minor. From the archives we'll conclude the program with a performance of The B-Sides, music by Bates.

Airs Monday, November 2, at 1 p.m. This week from the San Francisco Orchestra pianist Yuja Wang joins music director Michael Tilson Thomas for a performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major by the precocious teenager Sergei Prokofiev. Debussy's evocative image for orchestra as well as several small romantic delicacies all composed to showcase the pallet of the orchestra including Fauré's Pavane, Schubert's Entr’acte No. 3, Dvořák's Legends for Orchestra, Grieg’s The Last Spring, and the Scherzo from Concerto symphonique No. 4 in D minor by Litolff.

Airs Monday, October 26, at 1 p.m. On this week's broadcast by the San Francisco Symphony, music director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in the last of Brahms’s symphonic works, his Symphony No. 4 in E minor and also takes the audience through a scene from Finish mythology with Lemminkäinen's Return by Jean Sibelius. As the center piece violinist Christian Tetzlaff joins the maestro and orchestra for the Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor by Bartók and then from the archives we'll hear the Variations on a Theme by Haydn of Johannes Brahms.

Airs Monday, September 28, at 1 p.m. On this week's broadcast from the San Francisco Symphony, period performance specialist Ton Koopman leads the orchestra in a Bach delight featuring two generations of the Bach Family. We'll hear the Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major and the Cantata No. 51, (Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen) by J.S. Bach, and then we'll hear the Symphony in G major by C.P.E. Bach along with the Cello Concerto No. 3 in A major by C. P. E. Bach.

Air Monday, September 21, at 1 p.m. On this week's broadcast concert by the San Francisco Symphony, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will join Maestro James Conlon on stage for a performance of Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor by Shostakovich. The concert opens with Schulhoff's Scherzo from Symphony No. 5 and concludes with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 74, Pathétique. Then, from the archives, music director Michael Tilson Thomas will lead the orchestra in the Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major by Shostakovich. Rik Malone will host.

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