Fiddle Me This: In honor of the birthday of perhaps the greatest violinist ever, Nicolo Paganini, three great 20th-century violin concertos by Jean Sibelius, Samuel Barber and Edward Elgar, and one from the 21st, by LA-based composer and doctor, Sarah Stanton.
We celebrate Year 8 of Michael Tilson Thomas’ “20 Years and Counting” as MD of the San Francisco Symphony with a concert from 2002 featuring Strauss’ “A Hero’s Life” and the World Premiere of a concerto by MTT himself.
The Sting: Musicians and composers born under the sign of Scorpio, including Johann Strauss, Georges Bizet, Aaron Copland, Midori and more!
Holy Orders: Composers who were also men of the cloth (more or less), including Liszt, Vivaldi, Franck, Monteverdi and more.
Fright Night: Great works that inspired – or were inspired by – musical nightmares, including Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #3 and Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.”