Genre: Music, Classical, Symphony
Length: 2 hours
Frequency: 26 weeks
Delivery Type: PRX and CD
Optional Breaks: Two
Segment Count: 3 segments
Air Window: March 30, 2015 – March 31, 2016

Host: Rik Malone
Recording Engineer: Jack Vad
Producer: San Francisco Symphony
Underwriter: Roselyne C. Swig, Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston of the
Shenson Foundation in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson

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
In most places, and certainly in London, the presence of many of the (American Mavericks Festival) composers – from Charles Ives to John Adams to Steve Reich – would have emptied halls. But the audiences in San Francisco have been large, varied, attentive, and enthusiastic. Something quite special, perhaps even revolutionary, is going on.
The Times (London)
The San Francisco Symphony, led since 1995 by the brilliant and musically restless Michael Tilson Thomas, gave the kind of performance that proves yet again that the best is the enemy of the better.
The Washington Post
Can every conductor be Michael Tilson Thomas? Obviously not! But every conductor can learn from him the value of bringing a sense of adventure back to the concert hall.
The Toronto Star

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-sopranoMichelle DeYoung, and both Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance for Symphony No. 7.

The SFS is also delivering multimedia content designed to make classical music accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds Keeping Score can be experienced on PBS-TV, DVD, the Internet (, and radio (The MTT Files), also available from The WFMT Radio Network. Call Tony at (773) 279-2114.

This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast through March 31, 2016. If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Tony Macaluso at (773) 279-2114,  Estlin Usher at (773) 279-2112,, or  David Sims at (773) 279-2027,

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