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MTT’s SFS ‘tour preview’ concert will feature Mahler’s third symphony

The vocal resources for the Mahler Third: mezzo Sasha Cooke, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and the SFS Chorus
The vocal resources for the Mahler Third: mezzo Sasha Cooke, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and the SFS Chorus
courtesy of the San Francisco Symphony

Next month Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) will take the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) on a European tour. Over the course of this tour, SFS will perform Gustav Mahler’s third symphony in six movements with mezzo Sasha Cooke as the vocal soloist in five cities: London, Paris, Geneva, Luxembourg, and Vienna. Each city will provide its own choral resources for the symphony’s fifth movement. As has been the case with other tour programs, this symphony will be given a series of preview concerts in Davies Symphony Hall at the end of this month. Cooke will be joined by both the SFS Chorus (Ragnar Bohlin, Director) and the San Francisco Girls Chorus (Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director).

There will be three performances of this concert in Davies. These will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, and Saturday, March 1, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 2. The Inside Music Talk will be given by James Keller one hour prior to each concert, free to all ticket holders. In addition a free podcast about the symphony, hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone, will be available for download from the Podcast page shortly before the first performance. Ticket prices range from $42 to $186 and may be purchased through the event page for this concert on the SFS Web site. Tickets may also be purchased at the Davies Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street or by calling 415-864-6000.

In addition there will be a working rehearsal for this program open to the general public as a Katharine Hanrahan Open Rehearsal. This will take place in Davies at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 27. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and complimentary donuts, followed by a half-hour talk at 9 a.m., which will also be delivered by Keller. Tickets are $22 for unreserved general admission and $40 for reserved seating in the Loge, Side Boxes, Rear Boxes, and Premiere Orchestra sections. This rehearsal has its own event page with its own hyperlink for the advance sale of tickets, which may also be purchased by phone or by visiting the Box Office.