Classical masterpieces, unusual gems, and modern works offer a feast for your ears at every concert, while Maestro Simon’s engaging onstage talks help you connect more powerfully with the music.

Admission is free to all! Supporting members receive priority seating and priority entrance 60 minutes before concert time. Please bring your membership card with you. General seating begins 45 minutes before concert time.

The SFCO’s admission-free season is made possible by the generosity of hundreds of supporting members and the following esteemed organizations:

Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
The Bernard Osher Foundation
Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund
Walter and Elise Haas Fund

MAHLER LITE

FEWER PLAYERS, SAME GREAT (MUSICAL) TASTE
Benjamin Simon, conductor
Christine Brandes, soprano

 

FRI, FEB 26  7:30pm
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Doors: 6:45 (general admission,
first-come first-served)

Members: priority seating guaranteed until 7:20.

SAT, FEB 27  7:30pm
First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto

Doors: 6:45 (general admission,
first-come first-served)

Members: priority seating guaranteed until 7:20.

SUN, FEB 28  3pm
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Doors: 2:15 (general admission,
first-come first-served)

Members: priority seating guaranteed until 2:50.

 

GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 4 (arr. Stein)

 
 
Renowned Bay Area soprano Christine Brandes (“Earthy and affecting… magnificent” —NY Times) makes her SFCO debut in three very special performances of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Edwin Stein’s beautiful 1921 chamber arrangement for 13 players brings out the intimacy of this heavenly piece without sacrificing any of its power. This program will begin with a guided tour of this complex score, wherein Maestro Simon and the orchestra reveal its secrets and bring listeners into Mahler’s imaginative “sound world,” followed by a complete performance of this 55-minute work.

REVOLUTIONARIES

Benjamin Simon, conductor
Amy X Neuburg, vocals
with Squid Inc

 

FRI, APR 29  7:30pm
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Doors: 6:45 (general admission,
first-come first-served)

Members: priority seating guaranteed until 7:20.

SAT, APR 30  7:30pm
First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto

Doors: 6:45 (general admission,
first-come first-served)

Members: priority seating guaranteed until 7:20.

*SUN, MAY 1  3pm
Valley Center for the Perf. Arts
Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland

Doors: 2:15 (general admission,
first-come first-served)

Members: priority seating guaranteed until 2:50.

*different from usual venue

 

IGOR STRAVINSKY Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra
AMY X NEUBURG Hunger Strike (2016) [World Premiere]
L. V. BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

 
 
“Don’t miss the spectacular Amy X Neuburg. She’s the best thing to come out of Oakland since Jack London.” —John Adams, composer

Experience Amy X Neuburg’s “fabulous singing” and “exhilarating originality” in her newest work, Hunger Strike, commissioned by the SFCO for performance with Bay Area string quartet Squid Inc. Featuring vocals by the composer herself, Hunger Strike is paired with Stravinsky’s delightful Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra, composed in 1925. Beethoven’s revolutionary Seventh Symphony was cutting edge in 1812, a brilliant experiment in sound and color that helped shape the future of classical music.