Michael Tilson ThomasTonight’s San Francisco Symphony gala concert is just the beginning of a jam-packed season. We’ll be bringing it to you live beginning around 8 o’clock, with Dianne and Rik hosting, and Hoyt helping to set the scene. The special guests will be Renee Fleming and Susan Graham, joining Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra.

There’s more information about the performance, and the season ahead at the San Francisco Symphony website.

The gala sets off with a program featuring Fleming and Graham, singing repertoire of American songs and operatic arias, plus some surprises… and there’s a work by Steve Reich which gets a jump on the 80th birthday celebration MTT and the Symphony will be presenting later in the week, which includes a Sunday ‘American Mavericks’ concert with guest artists Eighth Blackbird and Kronos Quartet. The season includes several other birthday celebrations – John Adams’ 70th is in February, and will be observed with a performance of his Gospel According to the Other Mary, and Leila Josefowicz will play Scheherezade.2, the work he wrote for her. In the middle of September, there’s a program including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony that will lead up to a special ‘Discovery Concert’ on the 18th with MTT exploring and explaining the work with musical examples and a multimedia presentation, and in November they’ll be touring Asia with Yuja Wang. Full season details can be found at the Symphony’s website.