The opening night gala on September 3rd will feature Bonnie Raitt & pianist Yuja Wang, as well as a video installation for Stravinsky's Circus Polka. A Beethoven festival in June 2015 is monumental. It will include a staged performance of the Missa Solmenis, a concert performance of Fidelio with Nina Stemme & Brandon Jovanovich, & a recreation of Beethoven's famous 1808 concert that gave public premieres of the 5th & 6th symphonies, the 4th piano concerto & the Choral Fantasy.
In December, the Symphony launches an experimental series called SoundBox, aimed at new audiences & taking place in a black box rehearsal space, backstage at Davies Hall. Each event will be curated by a different personality & will be a mix of audio, video & audience interaction. The space will be equipped with Meyer Sound's Constellation, a high-tech audio system that can instantaneously alter a space's acoustics. I happened to witness a demo of it last year. These events are separate from the regular subscription series, & most have start times of 9p on a Friday & Saturday night. A bar will be available in the venue.
During the Q&A that concluded the press conference, one of the attendees amusingly pointed out the predilection of the season's visiting conductors for works by Russian composers.
§ San Francisco Symphony 2014 - 15 Season Highlights
§ Press Release
§ Digital Brochure