San Francisco Symphony

Thursdays at 10:00 pm
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Weekly concerts recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

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 Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, who has served as music director since 1995, have 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.

Tubist Jeffrey Anderson

May 2, 2019

Maestro Tilson Thomas conducts the SF Symphony and principal tuba Jeffrey Anderson in a performance of Robin Holloway‘s Europa and the Bull. Tilson Thomas also leads performances of works by Cage and Bartók.

Music of a Modern Age

May 9, 2019

Michael Tilson conducts a program of mid-20th century music from Ives, Harrison, and Antheil. Also featured is Tilson Thomas’ own composition — the setting of Carl Sandburg’s poem Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind. The program features the San Francisco Symphony and many guest performers, including Measha Brueggergosman, Mikaela Bennett, Kara Dugan, and Peter Dugan.

An American in Paris; Hymns for Organ

May 16, 2019

A diverse program ranging from Gershwin’s An American in Paris to hymns like Charles Converse’s “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

Isabel Leonard sings Mozart

May 23, 2019

Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard performs Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate, a 1773 motet under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. MTT also conducts the San Francisco Symphony in performances of Mozart’s Six German Dances and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

Emanuel Ax plays Mozart and Schoenberg

May 30, 2019

Renowned pianist Emanuel Ax returns to Davies Symphony Hall to join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in a performance of music by Mozart and Schoenberg. Also in this program, Tilson Thomas conducts works of Beethoven and Richard Strauss.

Prokofiev, Copland, and a World Premiere

June 6, 2019

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts this week’s program, which opens with a world premiere of a San Francisco Symphony commission — Sudden Changes by Charles Wuorinen. Next, pianist Behzod Abduraimov performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and the program concludes with Copland’s Symphony No. 3.

Violinist Gil Shaham

June 13, 2019

Violinist Gil Shaham joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for a performance of Berg’s Violin Concerto. The SF Symphony also performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

Pianist Daniil Trifonov plays Rachmaninoff

June 20, 2019

Maestro Tilson Thomas conducts two Sibelius symphonies, then pianist Daniil Trifonov joins the San Francisco Symphony to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Mahler Symphony No. 3

June 27, 2019

To conclude this year’s San Francisco Symphony broadcast season, the San Francisco Symphony performs Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 3. Joining this performance are mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, the Pacific Boy Choir, and the Women of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.