Jessye Norman Performs The American Songbook July 31
SF Symphony And Warren Haynes Commemorate Jerry Garcia’s Birthday With Two Special Symphonic Celebration Concerts Aug. 1-2
Johnny Mathis, Rufus Wainwright, Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, The Matrix Film, Disney In Concert With Video, Two Concerts Of Video Games Live!, Battleship Potemkin Film, And Classical Concerts Are Highlights Of Summer and The Symphony With San Francisco Symphony
Orchestra performs free concerts at Stern Grove Festival and in Dolores Park and presents annual Fourth of July concert with fireworks at Shoreline Amphitheatre; Orchestra to perform at America’s Cup Pavilion in SF and at Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
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, 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 Carpenter playing the Ruffatti organ, on July 28.
The Orchestra’s summer season includes three classical concerts conducted by SFS Youth Orchestra alumnus and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams, with music by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and American composers, and two free outdoor classical concerts. Soloists at Davies Symphony Hall include pianists Valentina Lisitsa and Benjamin Grosvenor. The Orchestra also performs an all-Tchaikovsky concert led by Abrams with violinist Nicola Benedetti at the new America’s Cup Pavilion on the San Francisco waterfront July 20. At the Stern Grove Festival, conductor Edwin Outwater leads soprano Measha Brueggergosman and the Orchestra in Ravel and Gershwin in a free concert July 7. The Orchestra also plays its annual free concert in Dolores Park July 21. Outwater leads a performance of Orff’s Carmina burana at Davies Symphony Hall July 30. On the Fourth of July, the Orchestra performs its annual Shoreline Amphitheatre Independence Day concert followed by a fireworks extravaganza. On August 4, in its final concert of the summer, the Orchestra performs a late afternoon concert of film music led by Sarah Hicks in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.
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. Vocalist and pianist Michael Feinstein performs his The Gershwins and Me show with his big band on July 12, Broadway star vocalist Bernadette Peters performs July 23, and Rufus Wainwright performs 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. Tickets for the SF Symphony concert at America’s Cup Pavilion go on sale through LiveNation.com on May 17. Tickets for the SF Symphony concert at Green Music Center August 4 go on sale May 13 at 8 am at gmc.sonoma.edu, or over the phone with the Sonoma State University Box Office at 866-955-6040.