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San Francisco Symphony
The San Francisco Symphony is celebrated for its artistic excellence, creative performance concepts, active touring, award-winning recordings, and standard-setting education programs. Under the direction of Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Symphony is embarking on a new vision for the present and future of the orchestral landscape.
*Programming and artists subject to change, please refer to the participating organization’s calendar listing for the most up-to-date program.
Friday November 3rd, 7:30PM
Saturday November 4th, 7:30PMBuy TicketsBuy Tickets
Sight and sound converge in Pictures at an Exhibition as Modest Mussorgsky translates the canvases of his late friend Victor Hartmann into music. Now a twist: Bay Area artists Liz Hernández and Fernando Escartiz unveil newly commissioned artwork in response to each of Mussorgsky's musical pictures. Over more than seven prolific decades, Franco-American composer Betsy Jolas has developed her own distinctive style: lyrical and cerebral, tender and fierce. Her Latest receives its U.S. premiere in these concerts. Meanwhile Augustin Hadelich brings his eloquent artistry to Antonín Dvořák’s rousing and rhapsodic Violin Concerto.
LATEST (US PREMIERE, SFS COMMISSION)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
MUSSORGSKY (arr. RAVEL)
Saturday November 4th, 2:00PMBuy TicketsBuy Tickets
Día de los Muertos
Join in a celebration of Latin American music and culture including lobby installations by local artists. Conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya with vocalist Edna Vazquez and Casa Círculo Cultural, the dynamic concert program features traditional music and contemporary works that honor the rich heritage of this ancient holiday. The event is curated by longtime collaborator Martha Rodríguez-Salazar.
SELECTIONS FROM LA NOCHE DE LOS MAYAS
DANZÓN NO. 2
PRELUDIO NO. 1
BONECOS DE OLINDA (2019)
Sunday November 5th, 2:00PMBuy TicketsBuy Tickets
Experience an intimate chamber music program curated and performed by small ensembles of SF Symphony musicians. In this concert: music by California composers Reena Esmail, Jason Hainsworth, and Sarn Oliver, followed by Johannes Brahms’s String Quartet in A minor.
URBAN CITYSCAPES, 2020
STRING QUARTET NO. 2 IN A MINOR
Sunday November 12th, 2:00PM
Sunday November 12th, 7:30PM
Saturday November 11th, 7:30PMBuy TicketsBuy Tickets
California Festival: To the Edge
In Kínēma Esa-Pekka Salonen’s lyrical imagination takes flight via five cinematic scenes for solo clarinet and chamber orchestra. Emerging Black Composers Project winner Jens Ibsen grew up in the Bay Area, where he soaked up samba, soul, R&B, and progressive metal along with the music of Ghana and the African diaspora—all influences you might detect in Drowned in Light, a world premiere. Igor Stravinsky’s turbulent Symphony in Three Movements, which he called his “war symphony,” reflects the rampant destruction in Europe and Asia.
DROWNED IN LIGHT (WORLD PREMIERE, SFS COMMISSION)
SYMPHONY IN THREE MOVEMENTS
Friday November 17th, 7:30PM
Saturday November 18th, 7:30PMBuy TicketsBuy Tickets
California Festival: From the Edge
Rising young composer Gabriella Smith conjures the spaces and sounds of California, responding to landscapes both urban and rural, geographical and metaphysical. Igor Stravinsky depicts a festive, folk-inflected Slavic wedding in his ballet Les Noces, augmented by Steven Stucky’s orchestration and artist Hillary Leben's vivid new animated shorts. Stravinsky’s Octet for Winds and Brass, a uniquely scored neoclassical work, was inspired by a late-night dream.
OCTET FOR WINDS AND BRASS
LES NOCES (ORCH. STEVEN STUCKY)
Sunday November 19th, 2:00PM
San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
The SF Symphony Youth Orchestra opens its season with a program featuring Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Metacosmos.
SYMPHONIC DANCES FROM WEST SIDE STORY
PRELUDE AND LIEBESTOD FROM TRISTAN UND ISOLDE