San Francisco Symphony Plays Prokofiev, Ravel and Sam Adams

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gil Shaham performs at a 2011 Carnegie Hall 120th anniversary event Gil Shaham performs at a 2011 Carnegie Hall 120th anniversary event (Getty Images/D Dipasupil)

Every Tuesday night, we're re-broadcasting a concert from the 2014-15 season of Carnegie Hall Live. Tune in Tuesday, May 12 at 9 pm to re-live the San Francisco Symphony's performances from last November.

In this episode, Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in a program of Prokofiev, Ravel and Samuel Adams.

The violinist Gil Shaham, a familiar presence in New York, joins the orchestra for Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2. The orchestra also performs Ravel’s ballet score Daphnis et Chloé, with the New York Choral Artists, and Samuel Adams's Drift and Providence, a 2012 co-commission that employs tangy harmonies, silence and atmospheric effects to evoke themes of water and noise (Adams is the son of composer John Adams).

AUDIO: Samuel Adams tells co-host John Schaefer about using electronic sounds in the piece:

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We asked you to share your thoughts during the concert on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CHLive. Below is a collection of your tweets and photos.

Samuel Adams and John Schaefer at the Carnegie Hall studio


  • SAMUEL ADAMS Drift and Providence (NY Premiere)
  • PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2
  • RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé (complete)

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
Gil Shaham, Violin
New York Choral Artists
Joseph Flummerfelt, Chorus Director

Comments [4]

I must agree that children do not belong at a serious music concert until they are old enough to control themselves. Not to mention that children do not belong anywhere at that hour except at home.

May. 12 2015 09:28 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Leave the damn brats home.
No, I don't like kids. I love my own and not obligated to love other children. Every where you go, no escape from the little b--------s.

May. 11 2015 03:11 PM
Susanna Levin from New Rochelle

Lovely program. I enjoyed the conversation with Gil Shaham & learning about the event that helped launch his career.
Glad to have a reprieve from D.D.'s show as well...

Nov. 20 2014 09:52 PM
Bernie from UWS

WWMTTD (What will MTT Do?) I hope NYC audiences are stifling their fidgety kids and bringing plenty of cough drops!

Nov. 18 2014 09:44 AM

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