Thursday, February 27, 2014

SF Symphony 2014 - 15 Season Announcement

SF Symphony 2014-15 Season Announcement photo IMG_20140224_111828_zpsbbcd0802.jpgAt a press conference Monday morning, the San Francisco Symphony announced its 2014 - 15 season, which will be MTT's 20th as Music Director. In his honor, the room was illuminated with blue lighting. The event began with a video of highlights of MTT's tenure, including a clip of Martha Stewart recommending the Symphony's website for kids. Attendees then heard an informal discussion between SFS President Sakurako Fisher, Executive Director Brent Assink, cellist Margaret Tait, Maestro MTT, composer Samuel Adams, & Director of Artistic Planning John Mangum.

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.

The Symphony's popular film series includes screenings of The Godfather & The Wizard of Oz, with the orchestra providing a live soundtrack. The organ will accompany Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde on Halloween, & the final program features movie scores by Tan Dun. The Great Performers series presents The English Baroque Soloists in a concert version of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. MTT will lead a performance of John Cage's Renga incorporating video & dance.

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 

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