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The San Francisco Symphony presents a musical fountain of youth, August 2021

photo by Peter Serling

Of her 2019 composition Fountain of Youth, composer Julia Wolfe said, "People have searched for the fountain of youth for thousands of years. The thought was that if you bathed in or drank from the fountain of youth you would be transformed, rejuvenated. My fountain of youth is music, and in this case I offer the orchestra a sassy, rhythmic, high energy swim." We'll hear that sassy, rhythmic energy on Aug 3 at 8pm.

8/3       Julia Wolfe: Fountain of Youth Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 Wagner: Siegfried Idyll Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra (Emanuel Ax, p; Michael Tilson Thomas, cond)

8/10      Berwald: Symphony No. 1, Sinfonie sérieuse Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (Herbert Blomstedt, cond)

8/17      Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (Herbert Blomstedt, cond)

8/24      Dukas: La Péri Aaron Zigman: Tango Manos Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, Organ (Jonathan Dimmock, org; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, p; Fabien Gabel, cond)

8/31      Purcell/Stucky: Funeral Music for Queen Mary Britten: Les Illuminations Ravel: Three Poems of Stéphane Mallarmé, Ballet music from Mother Goose (Julia Bullock, s; Alexander Barantschik, v; Dan Carlson, v; Jonathan Vinocour, vla; Peter Wyrick, c; Tim Day, fl; Catherine Payne, pic; Carey Bell, cl; Jerome C. Simas, bs cl; John Wilson, p; Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond)