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Best San Francisco Symphony podcasts we could find (updated November 2019)
Best San Francisco Symphony podcasts we could find
Updated November 2019
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Podcasts from the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas.
 
The San Francisco Symphony’s American Orchestra Forum brings together voices from diverse cultural perspectives and the general public to explore the 21st-century American orchestra. Topics include how orchestras connect with their communities; how orchestras balance creativity and innovation with artistic traditions and practices; and what orchestras can learn about changing audience patterns and engagement strategies from looking outside their own industry.
 
Leaders and scholars from the classical music field, and beyond, gathered in San Francisco in 2011-2012 to discuss the many issues facing American orchestras in the 21st century. These videos present the live events in their entirety. The American Orchestra Forum is a major initiative of the San Francisco Symphony’s 2011-2012 centennial season.
 
The leaders of America’s top orchestras talk about the many challenges – and opportunities – facing orchestras in the 21st century. These video compilations are taken from live and behind-the-scenes interviews. The American Orchestra Forum is a major initiative of the San Francisco Symphony’s 2011-2012 centennial season.
 
San Francisco Ballet’s Popular Pre-Performance Meet the Artist Interviews spotlight a work to be performed that afternoon/evening. These informative talks feature artists and choreographers in conversation with a moderator.
 
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"Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings was his musical response to a life, and a world, gone to pieces."By San Francisco Symphony
 
With 19th-century Americana spirit, MTT and the SF Symphony, pianist Peter Dugan, and the SFS Chorus’s musical candor and clarity add an evocative recording of Ives’s songful Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 to the SFS Media label’s Grammy award-winning discography.By San Francisco Symphony
 
Bach's Orchestral Suite #4 is a dazzling combination of rhythmic complexity and sonic brilliance; all the more amazing in that he wrote it (most likely) just for fun!By San Francisco Symphony
 
Shostakovich's 7th Symphony became a symbol of the wartime alliance between the US and the USSR. But the road to victory is never easy, and it wasn't long before both the musical and the political symbols of that alliance disappearedBy San Francisco Symphony
 
Originally composed for solo piano (and later orchestrated by Ravel), Pictures at an Exhibition was written by Modest Mussorgsky after he visited a retrospective exhibit of the works of his friend Victor Hartmann. The collection of pieces represents a promenade from painting to painting, pausing in front of works called The Gnome, Ancient Castl ...…
 
Mozart's final symphony was nicknamed the "Jupiter," and - like the planet and the Roman god that share its name - it still stands out as one of the greatest of its kind.By San Francisco Symphony
 
Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, Rhenish, completed in 1850 after his much-celebrated appointment as Municipal Music Director in Düsseldorf, reflects his optimism in the face of new challenges. Filled with spirited, glorious themes, Rhenish marks the high point in the life of a composer who struggled with mental illness.…
 
Mahler Symphony No. 6 In summer 1903, Mahler was at his happiest time of life. Married to the beautiful Alma and father to two healthy daughters, it doesn’t seem like the time when one would compose a symphony often called the Tragic. However, in an eerily prescient stroke, this is exactly what Mahler does. In the years that followed, Mahler su ...…
 
When Mozart went to Paris, he may not have found the job he was looking for, but he still found success, with his stylish Symphony No. 31.By San Francisco Symphony
 
Mahler’s last complete work, the Symphony No. 9, was composed following a whirlwind period of great loss and supreme achievement, including the composition of his “symphony without a number,” Das Lied von der Erde. Symphony No. 9 reaches the greatest apex of Mahler’s compositional catalogue, exhibiting his characteristic subtle transition, expa ...…
 
On an extended journey through Italy in 1830 and 1831, Felix Mendelssohn began work on his Fourth Symphony. A wildly talented composer who wrote his famous Octet when he was only sixteen, Mendelssohn was prompted to finish the work when the London Philharmonic Society requested a symphony from him (and offered payment of a hundred guineas). Men ...…
 
Mahler's 7th is sometimes called "The Song of the Night," but it's really a journey from night into day, with some very interesting stops along the way.By San Francisco Symphony
 
At the close of the nineteenth century, Finnish natives were enjoying a renaissance of their native culture, in opposition to their Russian occupiers. Jean Sibelius was swept up in this nationalistic fervor, and composed several patriotic tone poems, including Finlandia. Symphony No. 2, misinterpreted at its premiere as a commentary on the Finn ...…
 
The Fourth Symphony was a product of the most turbulent time of Tchaikovsky's life - 1877, when he met two women (Nadezhda von Meck, a music-loving widow of a wealthy Russian railroad baron, and Antonina Miliukov, an unnoticed student in one of his large lecture classes at the Moscow Conservatory), who forced him to evaluate himself as he never ...…
 
To escape the city of Vienna, Beethoven often spent his summers in the rural counties surrounding it—a love reflected in his Symphony No. 6, Pastoral. With movements titled Awakening of joyful sentiments upon arriving in the country and Scene by the brook, the work depicts life in the country.By San Francisco Symphony
 
Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony made him a war hero, but his Eighth Symphony still got him in trouble with the Soviet government, perhaps because it was less a hymn to heroism than a prayer for peaceBy San Francisco Symphony
 
Scotland - the country that gave us haggis, bagpipes, golf and Sean Connery among other world treasures - was also the inspiration for two of Mendelssohn's best-known works: his "Hebrides" Overture and "Scottish" Symphony. There are no actual Scottish tunes in the Symphony; in fact, Mendelssohn professed to dislike all Scottish music, especiall ...…
 
Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 is, in many ways, his most Bohemian - full of blue skies, but with dark shadows that make the sunshine that much brighter.By San Francisco Symphony
 
The Rite of Spring wasn't the first piece of music to spark a riot, and it certainly wasn't the last, but it was the most significant.By San Francisco Symphony
 
Upon visiting Stravinsky in late 1910, expecting to find him immersed in composing the Rite of Spring, Serge Diaghilev, director of the Ballet Russe, was quite surprised to find him instead composing the ballet of an anthropomorphized puppet. The story recounts the rise and fall of mischievous Petrushka, a puppet brought to life by a magician a ...…
 
During childhood summers spent at the beaches at Cannes, Debussy learned to love the unpredictable and ever-changing sea. The most traditionally ‘symphonic’ of Debussy’s orchestral works, La mer is comprised of three sketches: From Dawn to Noon on the Sea, Play of the Waves, and Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea.…
 
"Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" was about passion, inspired by passion, and made possible by passion. That passion changed the course of Western music history."By San Francisco Symphony
 
For many, the sound of Copland's "Appalachian Spring" is the sound of American classical music.By San Francisco Symphony
 
With his piece "Street Song" for brass ensemble, Michael Tilson Thomas - the composer - celebrates both his past and his future.By San Francisco Symphony
 
In his fantasy opera "L'enfant et les sortileges," Maurice Ravel brings together his love of children, animals and fairy stories in a magical, musical mix.By San Francisco Symphony
 
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 Composed alongside fellow distinguished Russian composers at a House of Creative Work northeast of Moscow, Prokofiev’s renowned Fifth Symphony saw its premiere in January 1945, as Soviet armies had begun their final push to victory over Germany. As Prokofiev raised his baton in the silent hall, the audience could hear t ...…
 
Principal Dancer Sofiane Sylve discusses her career as a dancer and teacher and gives insight into that evening’s performance of Shostakovich Trilogy. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts to access archived episodes and have new ones delivered straight to your devices! Header image: San Francisco Balle ...…
 
Henry Brant: Ice Field Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony team up with iconoclastic organist Cameron Carpenter to release a one-of-a-kind recording of Henry Brant’s Pulitzer Prize-winning spatial composition, Ice Field. Put on your headphones for a unique Dolby Atmos immersive experience that allows us to hear Brant’s work as ...…
 
Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 Often called the greatest piece of music ever written, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 was the last he would ever write. The first symphony to feature a chorus and vocal soloists, Symphony No. 9 also includes the famous “Ode to Joy.” click here to enjoy a recordingBy San Francisco Symphony
 
Retiring Principal Bassist Steven D’Amico is joined by his stand mate Shinji Eshima to discuss their careers, the SF Ballet Orchestra, and the evening’s performance of Shostakovich Trilogy. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts to access archived episodes and have new ones delivered straight to your dev ...…
 
Join Carrie Gaiser Casey, PhD for an in-depth analysis of Alexei Ratmansky’s Chamber Symphony, the centerpiece of his stunning Shostakovich Trilogy. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts to access archived episodes and have new ones delivered straight to your devices! Header image: San Francisco Ballet ...…
 
Nathaniel Remez, corps de ballet, discusses his life and career with Senior Manager, Individual Giving, Ari Lipsky, with a special emphasis on the role of the Poet in John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts to access archived episodes and have new ones delivered straigh ...…
 
SF Ballet Artistic Administrator Amelia Bear interviews Corps de Ballet dancer Madison Keesler. Amelia and Madison cover the recent announcement of her upcoming promotion to Soloist and the successes and challenges that came along with dancing a number of big roles this season, including the Princess in John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid. Madis ...…
 
John Neumeier’s ballets require both stunning dance technique and powerful acting. Join Principal Dancers Wei Wang and Sasha de Sola and dance educator Mary Wood to learn about how they prepare to perform his dramatic roles. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts to access archived episodes and have new ...…
 
Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets offers an eloquent description of John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, and he describes the complicated role of “The Poet/Andersen”. He discusses the contrasting character of “The Prince/Edvard”, which he performed in previous seasons. He concludes with a charming anecdote about how he began his ballet career. Like ...…
 
Soloist Lonnie Weeks describes his training and tells the story of his recent promotion, as well as gives insight into Trey McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall be a Great Poem and Christopher Wheeldon’s Bound To©. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google Play to access archived episodes and have new ones ...…
 
Elizabeth Mateer, in her third season as a member of the corps de ballet, reflects on the roles she has enjoyed performing. She describes her preparation for a professional career from training in a small setting to the intense experience at the School of American Ballet, and then her seven years as part of Pennsylvania Ballet. She recalls the ...…
 
Arthur Pita’s Björk Ballet made a splash last year with spectacular props, Marco Morante-designed costumes, and music by Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk. Join SF Ballet Production Director Christopher Dennis and Company Manager Juliette LeBlanc to learn about how they pulled the many pieces of this ballet together and how they’ll bring it on ...…
 
Scenic and Lighting Designer David Finn discusses his life and career along with his recent work for SF Ballet, Die Toteninsel. He speaks about collaborating with choreographer Liam Scarlett on this ballet, as well as about the many other choreographers with whom he’s worked during his long career. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the ...…
 
Cavan Conley describes his training and the beginnings of his professional career prior to joining San Francisco Ballet this season as a member of the corps de ballet. He relates the process of creating Die Toteninsel, choreographed on the company last summer by Liam Scarlett, emphasizing Scarlett’s profound musicality. Like what you heard? Sub ...…
 
Join SF Ballet’s 2019 Visiting Scholar Clare Croft, PhD for a talk on “What makes a ballet “American?” Several works on Programs 5 and 6 beg the question, what makes a ballet “American?” Trey McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall be a Great Poem draws its title from famous American poet Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and McIntyre’s memories of his grandf ...…
 
Mozart Symphony No. 31 When Mozart went to Paris, he may not have found the job he was looking for, but he still found success, with his stylish Symphony No. 31.By San Francisco Symphony
 
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov traveled the world as a naval officer, but it was his musical journey into the world of the Arabian Nights that became one of his most colorful and enduring masterpieces.By San Francisco Symphony
 
Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2 When Johannes Brahms wrote his first Piano Concerto, he was worried about the judgment of history. By the time he wrote his second Piano Concerto, he was making history.By San Francisco Symphony
 
Soloist Julia Rowe chats with Caitlin Sims about her training with Marcia Dale Weary at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, her experience in Helgi Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty, and taking classes through the St. Mary’s LEAP program. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google Play to access archiv ...…
 
Jeffrey Lyons discusses what is important to him as a ballet teacher, the art of teaching boys, and the joy of seeing his students reach professional status. The enduring popularity of The Sleeping Beauty is discussed, as well as Jeff’s role as a ballet master for the student performers in various productions, including The Nutcracker. Like wha ...…
 
Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Yasmine Naghdi chats with Jennie Scholick about her career, the role of Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and her experience guesting with San Francisco Ballet. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google Play to access archived episodes and have new ones delivere ...…
 
Principal Dancer Carlo di Lanno gives a description of the classical training that prepared him to dance Prince Desiré in The Sleeping Beauty, and offers a lively account of performing the 3rd Act variation for an early audition. He discusses his approach to taking on the character. He compares performing this most classical role to the neo-cla ...…
 
Dancers Frances Chung, Principal, and Esteban Hernandez, Soloist, discuss how their classical training gave them the foundation to perform The Sleeping Beauty; Esteban relates the journey from his backyard to the Royal Ballet School. Frances delves into “The Rose Adagio”, describing its place in the story and the difficulties it presents to the ...…
 
Director of Education and Training, Andi Yannone, interviews corps de ballet dancer Kamryn Baldwin about her training, Harald Lander’s Etudes, and Helgi Tomasson’s The Fifth Season. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our Meet the Artist podcast on Apple Podcasts or Google Play to access archived episodes and have new ones delivered straight to y ...…
 
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