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It's a world premiere on The San Francisco Symphony, July 2021


The San Francisco Symphony's world premiere of Meditations on Rilke in January 2020 revealed yet another side of Michael Tilson Thomas's compositional voice. In setting texts by one of his favorite poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, MTT inhabits an "approach to music as a kind of lifelong journal or confessional companion." Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny debut these songs in memorable performances captured by SFS Media.  July 27th at 8pm.7/6       Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Leningrad (Alexander Gavrylyuk, p; Karina Canellakis, cond)

7/13      R. Strauss: Metamorphosen Wagner: Act I from Die Walküre (Emily Magee, s; Stuart Skelton, t; Ain Anger, bs; Simone Young, cond)

7/20      Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 Bruckner/Nowak: Symphony No. 4, Romantic (Leif Ove Andsnes, p; Manfred Honeck, cond)

7/27      Berlioz: Overture to Benvenuto Cellini Michael Tilson Thomas: Meditations on Rilke Mahler: Rheinlegendchen, Das irdische Leben, Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen, Urlicht from Des Knaben Wunderhorn Ravel: La Valse (Sasha Cooke, ms; Ryan McKinny, bs-bar; Michael Tilson Thomas, cond)