The San Francisco Symphony (SFS), founded in 1911, is an orchestra based in San Francisco, California. Since 1980, the orchestra has performed at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in the City's Hayes Valley neighborhood. The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (founded in 1981) and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus (1972) are part of the organization. Its current music director is Michael Tilson Thomas, who has held the position since September 1995.

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  • Mozart composed his Symphony No. 40 during the very productive summer of 1788, when he also completed his Symphony No. 39 and Symphony No. 41—the last symphonies he would compose. After a series of revisions, including Mozart’s addition of clarinet parts for his friend, the clarinetist Anton Stadler, numerous versions existed (including an autograph score, with clarinets, that ended up in the han...

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  • The Eroica opened the floodgates for the symphonic outpouring of the nineteenth century – for Beethoven himself, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, and the rest. The Eroica was the longest symphony ever written when it was unveiled, and listeners and critics commented widely on that fact, to the composer’s frustration. By 1807 nearly all reactions to the piece were favorable, or at least respec...

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  • By the summer of 1809, Napoleon’s French forces, at war with Austria for the fourth time in eighteen years, reached the suburbs of Vienna. “Nothing but drums, cannons, human misery of every sort!” wrote Beethoven to his publisher in Leipzig. But by year’s end, he had completed his Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, a magnificent affirmation made in terrible times. Concerts February 8--10, 2018. For t...

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  • Shostakovich may have secreted a subversive cipher beneath the surface of his life-saving Symphony No. 5. This is all the more shocking since another bad review from Stalin’s totalitarian forces could have meant a sentence to the Gulag or worse. After his opera Lady Macbeth was publically condemned as immoral by Pravda, the Soviet newspaper, Shostakovich knew he had only one chance to redeem himse...

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  • Follow the misadventures of Candide and his sweetheart Cunégonde, played by soprano Meghan Picerno, in a concert version of Bernstein's wildly popular and eminently hummable comic operetta Candide. With vocal fireworks performed by an internationally renowned cast, hear MTT lead the San Francisco Symphony in songs like “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow.” For tickets go to: http://www....

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  • Follow the misadventures of Candide and his sweetheart Cunégonde, played by soprano Meghan Picerno, in a concert version of Bernstein's wildly popular and eminently hummable comic operetta Candide. With vocal fireworks performed by an internationally renowned cast, hear MTT lead the San Francisco Symphony in songs like “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow.” For tickets go to: http://www....

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  • Richard Strauss just wanted to give the people in the concert hall a good laugh. His tone poem "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks" turned out to be one of the most sophisticated pieces of musical humor ever created. Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Watch-Listen-Learn/Podcasts-and-Music Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony ...

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  • The San Francisco Symphony is committed to serving every neighborhood and community throughout the City by providing access to music education for all San Francisco schoolchildren. The Symphony’s longstanding partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District provides educational experiences and training to the City’s public school students grades 1-12 through two programs: Adventures in M...

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  • Presenting international song siren extraordinaire, the fabulous Meow Meow! Featuring a century-spanning repertoire and a mischievous, white-hot wit, this saucy chanteuse lights up the Symphony stage with her “devilish funny bones and heavenly vocal chords” (Evening Standard UK) in a sublimely subversive performance with Pink Martini founder and pianist, Thomas M. Lauderdale. Floor seats start at...

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  • With award-winning novelist Armistead Maupin and San Francisco’s premiere drag sensation Peaches Christ, this variety show guarantees an evening of festive fun and fabulous flair. Hear Maupin—famed for his groundbreaking Tales of the City book series—read wickedly funny excerpts from his coming of age memoirs, feel the yuletide cheer with holiday hits from the SF Symphony, and be regaled by a dazz...

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  • Mahler's sunny Symphony No. 4 ends with a song - a child's description of heaven. But it is also full of reminders of the vastness of his musical universe. Concerts November 24-26, 2017 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/MTT-Conducts-Mahler-Fourth.aspx Podcast hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Wa...

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  • This week the San Francisco Symphony will be performing Ives’ Symphony No. 4, a work of rhythmic complexity considered to be one of his greatest masterpieces. Concerts November 16-18, 2017 at Davies Symphony Hall. Tickets available at http://www.sfsymphony.org/ Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: http://instagram.com/s...

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  • Charles Ives' Symphony No. 4 is the classic mash-up of 19th century Americana: hymns, anthems, marches and dance tunes all woven together in a collage that is by turns messy, complicated, sentimental and chaotic, but ultimately transcendent - kind of like life itself. Concerts November 16-18, 2017 at Davies Symphony Hall (tickets at sfsymphony.org). Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts g...

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  • In 1911, Gustav Mahler, then-music director of the New York Philharmonic, happened to pick up a manuscript of Ives’ Third Symphony while in a New York copy shop. He was intrigued, but unfortunately died shortly thereafter and never conducted the piece. Mahler and Ives might seem an odd couple. But what Mahler saw in Ives was “a composer placing, as he did, the commonplace, the humble, the shopworn...

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  • Three composers offer their unique perspectives of the American experience through music in a kaleidoscopic showcase of the American sound. Dvořák’s The American Flag conjures vibrant impressions of an immigrant arriving in a new nation, while Ives’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Symphony No. 3 evokes a quaint, sensory world of rural American life. Finally, Gershwin’s celebratory An American in Paris depi...

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  • Charles Ives' music is the archetypal "mash-up" of classic Americana. His Symphony No. 3 was inspired by the gentler, more spiritual side of the religious revivals he attended with his family as a child. Concerts Nov. 10-12, 2017 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/American-Masters-Gershwin-and-More.aspx Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more p...

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  • In response to the devastating Northern California wildfires last month, the San Francisco Symphony is proud to present Symphony Relief: A Benefit Concert for the North Bay. This special event—featuring Michael Tilson Thomas and the SF Symphony and SF Symphony Chorus, along with a special lineup of guest stars—showcases a program of iconic works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Copland, and more. The SF...

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  • Leonard Bernstein based his Symphony No. 2 on W.H. Auden's Pulitzer Prize-winning poem "The Age of Anxiety." Auden didn't think much of the work, but for Bernstein, it was very personal. Concerts November 2, 3 and 5 2017 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/MTT-Conducts-Bernstein-and-R-Strauss.aspx Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcast...

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  • Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his first symphony while he was still a student, but it contains all of the elements of his mature work: the comedy and the tragedy. Hosted by KDFC's Rik Malone. Concerts October 26-28, 2017 at Davies Symhony Hall. For tickets go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/A-Finnish-Tableau.aspx Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twit...

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