Orchestra performs free concerts at Stern Grove Festival and in Dolores Park
and presents annual Fourth of July concert with fireworks at Shoreline Amphitheatre
The San Francisco Symphony’s annual Summer & the Symphony concerts, announced today, include iconic soprano Jessye Norman singing standards from the American songbook July 31 and two concerts in celebration of Jerry Garcia’s birthday with vocalist and guitarist Warren Haynes(Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule) and the Orchestra performing Garcia’s music August 1 and 2. The Orchestra also presents and performs in a variety of film and video game music programs. On July 28, the Symphony performs a concert of music from classic Disney films, including Aladdin, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, with video and original storyboard art. The classic sci-fi film The Matrix is screened while the Orchestra plays live accompaniment July 27, and the SFS plays music from popular video games Halo, Final Fantasy, and others in this new incarnation of Video Games Live™, created especially for the San Francisco Symphony, in two concerts July 25 and 26. The classic Eisenstein film Battleship Potemkin will be screened, with Cameron Carpenterplaying the Ruffatti organ, on July 28.
The Orchestra’s summer season includes two classical concerts conducted by SFS Youth Orchestra alumnus and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams, with music by Beethoven and American composers, and two free outdoor classical concerts. Soloists at Davies Symphony Hall include pianists Valentina Lisitsaand Benjamin Grosvenor. At the Stern Grove Festival, conductor Edwin Outwaterleads soprano Measha Brueggergosmanand the Orchestra in Ravel and Gershwin July 7. The Orchestra also plays its annual free concert in Dolores Park July 21. On the Fourth of July, the Orchestra performs its annual Shoreline Amphitheatre Independence Day concert followed by a fireworks extravaganza.
Tribute to Jerry Garcia
On August 1 and 2, the Orchestra celebrates the birthday of native son Jerry Garcia with a new symphonic project highlighting the American musical icon’s legacy. This ground-breaking orchestral adventure features Garcia’s storied original compositions as well as classic interpretations of timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia’s shows. Renowned vocalist/guitarist Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule) collaborates with the Symphony, lending his soul-soaked, introspective blend of rock, blues, R&B and jazz to Garcia’s masterworks. Sarah Hicks conducts.
Jessye Norman performs a rare recital of American Masters July 31, including compositions by Ellington, Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Kurt Weill, and Rodgers & Hammerstein. Johnny Mathis returns to Davies Symphony Hall July 5 and 6 to perform two concerts with the SFS of his classic hits and fan favorites, with John Scott Lavender and Edwin Outwater leading the Orchestra. Rufus Wainwrightperforms solo June 9, accompanying himself on piano and guitar.
Tickets are on sale now for Summer & the Symphony concerts through www.sfsymphony.org/summer, SFS Patron Services at (415) 864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall box office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street. Tickets are priced from $15-125, with tickets for concertgoers 17 and under half-price for selected concerts.
Tickets for the San Francisco Symphony Fourth of July Celebration at Shoreline Amphitheatre go on sale through LiveNation.com on May 3 at 10 am.