San Francisco Symphony returns with an expansive 2021-2022 season

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After an unusual year of adaptation and experimentation, the San Francisco Symphony will resume its full swing with its 2021-2022 season, announced this morning. Returning to Davies Symphony Hall, the orchestra will keep a foot in the Western classical tradition while exploring various musical influences, contemporary compositions and collaborations far beyond the canon.

“The past year has been anything but typical, but the musicians, administration, operations team and collaboration partners have more than risen to the task,” said San Francisco Symphony Music Director Esa- Pekka Salonen, in a statement. “Now we have to come to terms with another difficult perspective: that there is no going back to ‘normal’ unless we try to redefine what it means. The new “normal” for us must be to push the boundaries and explore the world around us with openness and curiosity.

The season kicks off with a collaboration with bassist Esperanza Spalding, one of Salonen’s orchestral collaboration partners, and ballet Alonzo King LINES at the reopening evening gala on October 1 and an additional night on October 2 . perform works by San Francisco composer John Adams and jazz composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, two great living, as well as 20th-century Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera and Mexican composer and violinist Silvestre Revueltas.

Other highlights of the season include a new version of The lingering voice of history by Julia Bullock, renowned soprano and other orchestra partner. Bullock hosted the program as a tribute to centuries of creativity by black artists, and the San Francisco Symphony will be launching two new commissions as part of it.


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