Michael Tilson Thomas | Photo by Kristen Loken

On September 4th, we took you behind the scenes and into the seats of Davies Symphony Hall LIVE for the San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Night Gala, celebrating MTT’s 25th and final year as the San Francisco Symphony’s Music Director. KDFC’s Dianne Nicolini and Rik Malone brought you the play-by-play as MTT, the Symphony, Symphony Chorus, and very special guests performed music by Copland, Glinka, Britten, and the greatest party tune ever written, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”.

In case you missed it – or want to relive the magic – we’re bringing it to you here on KDFC.com on demand!

Listen to the SF Symphony Gala on demand below:

September 4, 2019
The San Francisco Symphony Gala

(MTT cond.)
Glinka: Overture Ruslan and Ludmila
Copland: “The Dodger” from Old American Songs (feat. Ryan McKinny, bass-baritone / SFS Chorus)
Getty: Shenandoah (feat. SFS Chorus)
Copland: “Golden Willow Tree” from Old American Songs (feat. Ryan McKinny, bass-baritone / SFS Chorus)
Britten: “Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Purcell” from The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Beethoven: Finale: Ode, “To Joy” from Symphony No. 9 (feat. Philips, Canon, Tetelman, McKinny, SFS Chorus)

Performed live on 9/4/2019

To listen to complete 2019 San Francisco Symphony Gala, press play below: