San Francisco Symphony announces centennial season

Posted on: December 9, 2010

In Tuesday’s (12/7) San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kosman writes, “Centennial celebrations don’t come along every day, so the San Francisco Symphony, which will mark its 100th birthday next year, is planning to go all out. Commissioned premieres, historical programs, a return of the ‘American Mavericks’ festival, a yearlong parade of visiting orchestras and a widely expanded roster of educational and civic outreach—those are just some of the plans afoot for the orchestra’s 2011-12 season … Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas will oversee a revival of ‘American Mavericks,’ with commissioned world premieres by John Adams and Mason Bates, and appearances by soprano Jessye Norman, vocalist and composer Meredith Monk, the St. Lawrence String Quartet and pianists Jeremy Denk and Emanuel Ax. … The orchestra will celebrate Alexander Barantschik’s 10th season as concertmaster, and will host violinist Joshua Bell as part of the Project San Francisco series. Perhaps the most unusual aspect of the centennial will be the presence in Davies during a single season of the other six leading American orchestras—those of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia. Each orchestra will give two concerts under its music director, including at least one commissioned work.”

Posted December 9, 2010