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A special performance of the San Francisco Symphony to be held this weekend

17 Jun 2014 8:48 AM
Four Greenwich musicians to perform pieces from the classical canon

For music lovers and audiophiles of all kinds, the west coast offers few attractions as tantalizing as the San Francisco Symphony. Now over 100 years old, the organization has been providing the denizens of San Francisco with world-class orchestral performances decade after decade. Having won some of the world's most prestigious recording awards, the Symphony has established itself as one of the organizations at the forefront of the performing world. 

So, when the Symphony announces an event like this weekend's upcoming showcase - "Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Midcentury Masters" - then San Francisco citizens stand up and take immediate notice. The concert will run slightly longer than 90 minutes, and see the eponymous conductor taking audiences through a tour of three orchestral masterpieces. For anyone within driving distance of the Davies Symphony Hall, this is a must-attend event.

First up will be Copland's exhilarating Danzón Cubano, followed immediately by Benjamin Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horns and String. The night will come to a close via Shostakovich's epic Symphony No. 15, which the organization's program promises "quotes Rossini and Wagner ... end[ing] with gentle rasps of percussion that ease the music into the infinite."

The "Midcentury Masters" program will play three times this coming weekend, on Thursday the 19th, as well as Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st. The show begins promptly at 8 p.m. each night, always at the sumptuous Davies Symphony Hall. Tickets are available at the Symphony's official website - www.sfsymphony.com - as well as by calling (415) 864-6000. Don't miss out on getting a seat for this event: for owners of luxury real estate in San Francisco, very few nearby cultural attractions will be able to live up to this presentation, either in this year or in any other.