San Francisco Symphony
One fascinating bit of Messiah trivia is that Benjamin Franklin attended a “Messiah’’ performance in Dublin in 1759.
Season-long Centennial Celebration includes American Mavericks Festival, visits by top American orchestras, Barbary Coast and Beyond concerts, and historical audio, film, television and web projects.
As performed by the SFSYO, this first movement is pure gold, especially the end that fakes you out – much like a contemporary vocalist – only to deliver the most majestic of crescendos at the end
With performances that include everything from the second Viennese School to Peter and the Wolf, the range of programming is astounding.
Highlights include: New Best Time of Year classical Christmas concerts performed by the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s swinging holiday hits and standards, three performances of Handel’s Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and the elegant New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball.
Olga Guryakova brought a compelling stage presence, intentionally remote and removed, while simultaneously and completely in the moment.
Polaris: Voyage for Orchestra is a collaborative work by Thomas Adès and Tal Rosner.