San Francisco Symphony

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.

Airs Monday, November 16, at 1 p.m. On this week's broadcast concert by the San Francisco Symphony violinist Gil Shaham joins the orchestra for the intimates yet international concert for violin No. 2 by Prokofiev as well as music inspired by the Indonesian Gamelan in Britten's Excerpts from The Prince of the Pagodas. The program opens iwth the sound of Gamelan in a traditional work titled Lelambatan Tabuh Pat Jagul and we conclude the concert with Three Places in New England by Charles Ives. 

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.

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