At the beginning of this month, I used my national site to run an announcement of a three-city four-concert visit to the East Coast to be made by the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and its Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. The tour will feature two guest artists: pianist Yuja Wang and Samuel Carl Adams, who will perform the electronica part required for his own composition. Two programs have been prepared for this tour:
- The first program will feature both guest artists. It will begin with Adams’ “Drift and Providence,” which will receive its New York premiere at Carnegie Hall. Wang will then join SFS to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Opus 58 concerto in G major (the fourth piano concerto). The second half of the program will present Johannes Brahms’ Opus 68 symphony in C minor (his first).
- The second program will consist entirely of the ninth symphony by Gustav Mahler in D minor.
Both of these programs will be given preview performances in Davies Symphony Hall at the beginning of next month. The first program will be given three performances, all at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9. The Inside Music talk will be presented by Alexandra Amati-Camperi one hour prior to each concert, free to all ticket holders. Ticket prices range from $15 to $160 and may be purchased through the event page for this concert on the Symphony Web site.
The second program will be given four performances. These will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, and Sunday, March 17, and at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16. The Inside Music talk will be by Scott Foglesong, again beginning an hour prior to the concert. Ticket prices for this program range from $15 to $155, and the program has its own event page for online sales.
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.