San Francisco Symphony Plays Viennese & American Classics

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall (Eric Thayer for NPR)

When the San Francisco Symphony cancelled its East Coast tour last March amid a two-week strike, its performances at Carnegie Hall were among the casualties. But now the orchestra is back at the hall to give two concerts, the first of which WQXR broadcasts live.

    The program balances American and Viennese repertoire, with works by Mozart and Beethoven alongside those by Copland and Steven Mackey. Pianist and recent multiple-award winner Jeremy Denk is the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503. In this clip Denk explains why this concerto is a "musician's piece":

    Join us for a live chat and Twitter conversation below starting at 8 pm. Our special chat guest will be Joshua Kosman, classical music critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. The formal broadcast begins at 8 pm.


    San Francisco Symphony
    Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
    Jeremy Denk, Piano

    • BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
    • STEVEN MACKEY Eating Greens
    • MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503
    • COPLAND Symphonic Ode



    Comments [4]

    Declan from Manhattan

    Outrageous. You ignored the magnificent events of the weeks-long White Light Festival - COMPLETELY. But the minute a Jewish man flies into NYC for a concert there he is in all his glory touted on your site. Is the White Light Festival to Christian for WQXR?

    Nov. 19 2013 08:05 PM

    @Eric - the audio at the top of this page will be available for the next three weeks on demand. Hope you enjoy!

    Nov. 15 2013 02:26 PM
    Eric P from SF,CA

    any chance of a re-braodcast?

    Nov. 13 2013 10:33 PM
    Charles Fischbein from Front Royal, Va

    Jeremy Denk is a world class pianist, and as a winner of the MacArthur Foundation Award he has been acknowledged as such.
    Jeremy Denk is also an openly Gay man. I wonder if those who protested at Carnegie Hall against Mr. Gergiev and Carnegie Hall Management will show up in public support for Mr. Denk and to congratulate the San Francisco Symphony and Carnegie Hall management for featuring such a world class musician regardless of his personal lifestyle.
    This is how it should be, people such be rewarded for their accomplishments regardless of their personal lives and this shows that in the area of the arts, that is just how people are chosen to be rewarded, not through street demonstrations.
    I look forward to listening to a wonderful performance., thank you WQXR in advance for the broadcast. God Speed, Charles Fischbein

    Nov. 13 2013 11:31 AM

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