San Francisco Symphony 2017-18: Bernstein, “Boris Godunov,” Wuorinen residency

Posted on: March 7, 2017

“The San Francisco Symphony’s 2017-18 season will go all out in celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein—a seminal figure in the history of 20th century American music and an important mentor and teacher for Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas,” writes Joshua Kosman in Monday’s (3/6) San Francisco Chronicle. “The season’s opening gala on Thursday, Sept. 14, featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma, will begin with the ‘Candide’ Overture, and from there on the orchestra plans a veritable cornucopia of Bernstein’s work. ‘Chichester Psalms,’ a concert production of ‘Candide,’ the jazz opus ‘Prelude, Fugue and Riffs’ and the Symphony No. 2, ‘The Age of Anxiety,’ are all on the calendar, as well as a screening of … ‘West Side Story,’ with live orchestral accompaniment…. Other highlights of the season … include a semi-staged production of Mussorgsky’s historical opera ‘Boris Godunov,’ a commissioned premiere from former Composer-in-Residence Charles Wuorinen to mark his 80th birthday, and recent works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kaija Saariaho, Andrew Norman and Brett Dean…. Pianist Daniil Trifonov will have an extended residency throughout the season…. Guest artists making debuts with the orchestra include conductors Edward Gardner, Daniel Harding and Jakub Hrusa.” 

Posted March 7, 2017

Photo of Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson Thomas by Jerry Takiser