An annual favorite, the San Francisco Symphony performs with Music Director and Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in a rare summer appearance. The afternoon’s program features the iconic sounds of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Don’t miss this special performance. This performance is dedicated to the memory of Rhoda H. Goldman, Festival Chair from 1968 to 1996.
San Francisco Symphony
Founded in 1911 and celebrating its Centennial Season in 2011-12, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) is widely considered to be among the country’s most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions. The Orchestra was established by a group of San Francisco citizens, music-lovers, and musicians in the wake of the 1906 earthquake, and played its first concert on December 8, 1911. Almost immediately, the Symphony revitalized the city’s cultural life.
Michael Tilson Thomas
Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) celebrates his 18th season as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony during the Orchestra’s 2012-13 season. He and the Orchestra have been praised by critics for innovative programming and for bringing the works of American composers to the fore, and have brought new audiences into Davies Symphony Hall.
MTT is widely regarded as a consistent innovator in understanding and using technology and media to communicate the power of music to millions around the world who would not otherwise hear it. He has pioneered a new approach to the orchestral concert experience, with the use of multimedia elements, staging, video, and dramatic effects to help people hear new dimensions in music.
About the Stern Grove Festival
Stern Grove Festival Association is a non-profit organization committed to providing the people of the Bay Area with admission-free access to diverse performing arts.
Every year since 1938, the organization presents Stern Grove Festival, an admission-free performing arts series, in Sigmund Stern Grove, a beautiful outdoor amphitheater located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco.