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San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas, music director and conductor
Alexander Kerr, violin

The musical partnership of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony is widely considered one of the most inspiring and successful in the world. Tilson Thomas, currently the longest-tenured music director for a major American orchestra and the longest-serving music director in the San Francisco Symphony’s history, has dedicated his “seemingly boundless reserves of energy, ambition, and musical imagination” to develop a world-class orchestra of “stylistic fearlessness and technical excellence” (San Francisco Chronicle). In fall 2017, Tilson Thomas announced plans to conclude his tenure as music director of the San Francisco Symphony following the 2019-20 season—his 25th season and his 75th birthday year—after which he will become music director laureate.

The Symphony’s Krannert Center program is emblematic of its artistic identity, blending core classical repertoire, such as Beethoven’s magnificent “Eroica” Symphony and Mendelssohn’s effervescent Violin Concerto, with the work of a contemporary American composer—in this case, Tilson Thomas himself. The evening features Alexander Kerr, former Concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, professor of violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and one of the most accomplished and versatile violinists on the international music scene today.

Tilson Thomas: Agnegram
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, “Eroica”

Dinner Buffet

Before the performance, enjoy a special dinner buffet service at Intermezzo cafe. Select from slow-roasted, hand-carved prime rib or roast pork tenderloin with creamy dijon sauce for $14.95. You’ll receive red-skinned mashed potatoes, fresh steamed vegetables, and rolls with your entree. Service begins at 5:30pm and continues until 7:30pm.

Endowed Underwriters

  • Avis & Dean Hilfinger

Endowed Co-sponsors

  • Joan & Peter Hood

Patron Co-sponsors

  • Harriet & Herschel Cline
  • James Economy
  • Carolyn Burrell
  • Anne Mischakoff Heiles & William Heiles
  • Judith & Richard Kaplan
  • Ann & Stephen Long
  • Selma Richardson
  • Mary Schuler & Stephen Sligar
  • Iris & Burt Swanson

Corporate and Community Silver Sponsor

  • Crandal, Rapier, Englehardt Group Morgan Stanley of Champaign

Corporate and Community Bronze Sponsor

  • Green Yoga Spa, LLC

With deep gratitude, Krannert Center thanks all Patron Sponsors and Corporate and Community Sponsors.

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Event Details

Foellinger Great Hall
We Mar 27, 2019 - 7:30pm
Pick Five+: 56 / SC 51 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Single: 58 / SC 53 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Choral Balcony: 15 / UI & YTH 10 Great Hall Series (5 events): 252 / SC 227 / STU 75 / UI & YTH 50