WFMT Orchestra Series

Saturdays at 7pm
WFMT-Orch-SFS

San Francisco Symphony. Credit: Stefan Cohen.

This Spring quarter of the WFMT Orchestra Series begins with the San Francisco Symphony’s world premiere of Push by Trevor Weston, Emerging Black Composers Project winner. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a transcendent performance featuring Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor. Vocalists Golda Schultz and Michelle DeYoung, along with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, join forces to bring Mahler’s glorious vision to life. Other season highlights include:

• Esa-Pekka Salonen continues the symphonic journey, presenting Igor Stravinsky’s explosive ballet score, The Firebird. Soprano Golda Schultz graces the stage for Jean Sibelius’s cosmic Luonnotar, followed by the United States premiere of Daniel Kidane’s San Francisco Symphony commission, Sun Poem;

• Experience an extraordinary evening with Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, featuring the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Third Piano Concerto, showcasing the exceptional talent of pianist Yuja Wang. The program also includes Carl Nielsen’s sun-drenched Helios Overture and Béla Bartók’s powerful Concerto for Orchestra;

• Conductor Elim Chan debuts with the San Francisco Symphony in a captivating performance featuring Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s sunny Second Symphony, Sergei Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto with James Ehnes, and the world premiere of a San Francisco Symphony commission by Elizabeth Ogonek titled Moondog;

• Pianist Conor Hanick premieres a San Francisco Symphony commission of No Such Spring by Samuel Carl Adams, which sets the stage for Anton Bruckner’s imaginative Symphony No. 6 in A major;

• Conductor Cristian Măcelaru leads the symphony in Dmitri Shostakovich’s adventurous First Symphony and Wynton Marsalis’ celebration of Black history and folklore, Blues Symphony. San Francisco Symphony English horn player Russ de Luna stars in Outi Tarkiainen’s Milky Ways.

Schedule
  • May 25
    Hanick Performs a World Premiere by Samuel Adams

    Opening this program led by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, pianist Conor Hanick premieres a San Francisco Symphony commission by Samuel Adams. Then, Anton Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony, full of imaginative twists and turns.

    CONDUCTOR: Esa-Pekka Salonen
    SOLOIST: Conor Hanick, piano*

    Samuel Carl Adams: No Such Spring (World Premiere, SFS Commission)*
    Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major


  • June 1
    Yuja Wang Performs Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto

    Spellbinding pianist Yuja Wang returns to the San Francisco Symphony to take on Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts this program, which also includes Gabriella Smith’s Tumblebird Contrails and Salonen’s mysterious tone poem Nyx.

    CONDUCTOR: Esa-Pekka Salonen
    SOLOIST: Yuja Wang, piano*

    Gabriella Smith: Tumblebird Contrails
    Esa-Pekka Salonen: Nyx
    Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30*


  • June 8
    Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Mahler 6

    Music Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in Gustav Mahler’s monumental Sixth Symphony.

    CONDUCTOR: Michael Tilson Thomas

    Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor


  • June 15
    Măcelaru Conducts Marsalis, Tarkiainen, and Shostakovich

    Conductor Cristian Măcelaru leads the San Francisco Symphony in Dmitri Shostakovich’s madcap First Symphony and Wynton Marsalis’ celebration of Black history and folklore, Blues Symphony. San Francisco Symphony English horn player Russ de Luna stars in Outi Tarkiainen’s Milky Ways.

    CONDUCTOR: Christian Măcelaru
    SOLOIST: Russ de Luna, English horn*

    Wynton Marsalis: Selections from Blues Symphony
    Outi Tarkiainen: Milky Ways*
    Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10


  • June 22
    Philippe Jordan Conducts Britten’s War Requiem

    Conductor Philippe Jordan and the San Francisco Symphony join forces in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, a tremendous work embodying the composer’s deep pacifist beliefs.

    CONDUCTOR: Philippe Jordan
    SOLOIST: Jennifer Holloway, soprano*; Ian Bostridge, tenor*; Brian Mulligan, baritone*; SFS Chorus*; The Peninsula Boys Chorus*

    Benjamin Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66*


  • June 29
    Beethoven’s Emperor and Eroica

    Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the San Francisco Symphony in Beethoven’s expansive Symphony No. 3, Eroica, while pianist Igor Levit plays the composer’s Emperor Concerto.

    CONDUCTOR: Esa-Pekka Salonen
    SOLOIST: Igor Levit, piano*

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major Op. 73, Emperor*
    Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, Eroica