Michael Tilson Thomas to Lead San Francisco Symphony in Carnegie Hall Concerts, 3/20-21

Founded in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony celebrated its centennial season in 2011-2012 and is widely considered to be among the country's most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions. Under Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, the SFS presents more than 220 concerts and presentations annually for an audience of nearly 600,000 in its home of Davies Symphony Hall and through an active national and international touring program. Tilson Thomas celebrates his 18th season as the orchestra's music director in the 2012-2013 season. Together, he and the San Francisco Symphony have formed a musical partnership hailed as one of the most inspiring and successful in the country. His tenure with the orchestra has been praised by critics for outstanding musicianship, innovative programming, highlighting the works of American composers, and bringing new audiences to classical music.

Last year at Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony and Tilson Thomas performed four American Mavericks concerts with Meredith Monk, Jessye Norman, Paul Jacobs, Emanuel Ax, Joan La Barbara, Jeremy Denk, and Mason Bates. They also previously opened Carnegie Hall's 2008-2009 season with a gala tribute to Leonard Bernstein that was filmed and broadcast nationally on Thirteen/WNET New York's Great Performances on PBS television. The orchestra's own SFS Media label showcases core classical repertoire alongside lesser-heard contemporary and modern works, especially by American composers. As part of an ongoing Beethoven exploration, in 2009, SFS Media released a recording of Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 featuring Emanuel Ax paired with Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. It has also released recordings of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and this spring will release a CD of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in advance of performing a festival of Beethoven's lesser known works at Davies Symphony Hall in May 2013. The Orchestra's 2011-2012 Centennial Season Opening Gala concert was televised on PBS's Great Performances and released on DVD.


Wednesday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
Yuja Wang, Piano
Samuel Carl Adams, Electronics

SAMUEL CARL ADAMS Drift and Providence (NY Premiere)
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

Thursday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 9

Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School.

Tickets, priced $37 to $112, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.

Image of Michael Tilson Thomas courtesy of Carnegie Hall.