Photo: Chris Wahlberg

Photo: Chris Wahlberg

Thursdays at 8:00 pm unless otherwise noted

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.

The San Francisco Symphony has grown in stature and acclaim under such distinguished music directors as Henry Hadley, Alfred Hertz, the legendary Pierre Monteux, Josef Krips, Seiji Ozawa, Edo de Waart and Herbert Blomstedt. Current Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas assumed the post in 1995. Together, he and the San Francisco Symphony have formed a musical partnership hailed as “one of the most inspiring and adventurous in the country.” Maestro Tilson Thomas and the Orchestra have also been praised by the critics for their musicianship, for their innovative programming, for bringing the works of American composers to the fore, and for bringing new audiences into Davies Symphony Hall.

The San Francisco Symphony has toured extensively to Europe, Asia and throughout the United States. It has won some of the world’s most prestigious recording awards, including eleven Grammy Awards, Japan’s Record Academy Award, France’s Grand Prix du Disque, and Britain’s Gramophone Award.

With the launch of the San Francisco Symphony’s own SFS Media label in 2001, Michael Tilson Thomas and the Orchestra embarked on a project to record all of Mahler’s symphonies and song cycles. The label’s first offering, Symphony No. 6, was released to international acclaim and received the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. The recordings of seven more Mahler symphonies have been released since, and the project has received three more Grammy Awards – Best Classical Album for Symphony No. 3 and Kindertotenlieder, with mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and both Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance for Symphony No. 7.

Broadcast Schedule Fall 2016

October 6, 2016

Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas
Soloist: Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Rossini: La Gazza Ladra Overture
Bates: Alternative Energy
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1 in C Major, Opus 15
Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C Minor, Opus 67

October 13, 2016

Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas
Soloist: Cameron Carpenter, organ

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Brant: Ice Field
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 in E Minor, Opus 64
MT Thomas: Street Song for symphonic brass

October 20, 2016

Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas

Mahler: Symphony No 7 in E Minor, Song of the Night
Schumann: Symphony No 3 in E-Flat Major, Opus 97, Rhenish

October 27, 2016

Conductor: Susanna Mälkki
Soloist: Jeremy Denk, piano

Griffes: The White Peacock, Opus 7/1
Bartók: Piano Concerto No 3
Brahms: Symphony No 2 in D Major, Opus 73
Stravinsky: Petrouchka (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor)

November 3, 2016

Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas
Soloist: Yefim Bronfman, piano

CL Wong: Carnival Fever (Joshua Gersen, conductor)
Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra, Opus 6
Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 in B-Flat Major, Opus 83
Schumann: Symphony No 4 in D Minor, Opus 120

November 10, 2016

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Soloist: Peter Serkin, piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 19 in F Major, K 459
Sibelius: Symphony No 2 in D Major, Opus 43
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Opus 48 (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor)

November 17, 2016

Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas
Soloist: Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

JL Adams: The Light That Fills the World (Christian Baldini, conductor)
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 77
Schumann: Symphony No 1 in B-Flat Major, Opus 38, Spring
Bach: Orchestra Suite No 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067

November 24, 2016

Conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado
Soloist: Joshua Bell, violin

Adams: Chamber Symphony
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No 1, Opus 9b
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 35
Bernstein: Suite from A Quiet Place (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor)

December 1, 2016

Conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado
Soloist: Igor Levit, piano

Haydn: Symphony No 44 in E Minor, Mourning
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 9 in E-Flat Major, K 271, Jeunehomme
Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of A Faun
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Sibelius: Symphony No 7 (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor)

December 8, 2016

Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen

Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose)
Salonen: Nyx
Stravinsky: The Firebird
Mozart: Symphony No 34 in C major, K 338 (MT Thomas, conductor)

December 15, 2016

Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas
Soloist: Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Susanna Phillips, soprano
Bernstein: Symphony No 2, The Age of Anxiety
Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G Major
Copland: Quiet City

December 22, 2016

Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas
Soloist: Alexander Barantschik, violin

Jonathan Vinocour, viola
Samuel Adams: Radial Play
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major, K 364 (320d)
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Debussy: Three Nocturnes

December 29, 2016

Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Soloist: Gautier Capuçon, cello

Stravinsky: Jeu de cartes
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Opus 85
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Beethoven: Leonore Overture (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor)