SF Symphony to undertake final international tour with Michael Tilson Thomas

San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Chorus

The San Francisco Symphony and Chorus perform at Chase Center in San Francisco on Dec. 5, 2019. Onome Uyovbievbo/STAFF.

The San Francisco Symphony and its lauded outgoing Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas will embark on their final European tour together before he steps down at the end of the 2019-20 concert season.

The tour includes concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York on March 17 and 18, as well as in 10 cities across Europe from March 21 to April 7:  London, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Luxembourg, Lyon and Paris.

James Hetfield, Metallica, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Chase Center

James Hetfield of Metallica speaks with San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas on March 18, 2019, in front of the Chase Center in San Francisco, at the announcement of their S&M2 concert. Gary Chancer/STAFF.

The symphony will perform Mahler’s symphonies No. 6 and 9, Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dubinushka,” Michael Tilson Thomas’ “Street Song for Symphonic Brass” and John Adams’ “I Still Dance.” Cellist Gautier Capuçon will join the symphony to perform Saint-Saëns’ “Cello Concerto No. 1” and Shostakovich’s “Cello Concerto No. 2,” and pianist Daniil Trifonov will perform Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 4.”

The symphony will perform several pre-tour concerts at Davies Symphony Hall, on March 6 with Mahler’s “Symphony No. 6” and March 12 to 14 with Tilson Thomas’ “Street Song for Symphonic Brass,” Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” and Saint-Saëns’ “Cello Concerto No. 1,” featuring Gautier Capuçon.

Tilson Thomas has spent 25 years with the symphony and is the symphony’s 11th music director. His recordings have won numerous international awards, including 12 Grammys. I

He’s a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) of France, was Musical America’s Musician and Conductor of the Year, and was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame and the California Hall of Fame, was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama, and was named a 2019 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.

Read the complete tour schedule below.



Carnegie Hall in New York (March 17 and 18)
Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London, England (March 21 and 22)
Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany (March 24 and 25)
Berliner Philharmonie in Berlin, Germany (March 26)
Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria (March 28 and 29)
Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich, Germany (March 30)
Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands (April 1)
Elisabethzaal in Antwerp, Belgium (April 2)
Luxembourg Philharmonie in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (April 3)
Auditorium de Lyon in Lyon, France (April 5)
Philharmonie in Paris, France (April 6 and 7)

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