Travel back in time to a bygone era as the San Francisco Symphony lights up the stage with songs made legendary by history’s most unforgettable crooners: Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Featuring the show-stopping talents of Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins, acclaimed jazz singer and pianist Tony DeSare, and the SF Symphony Chorus, hear these artists lend their rich voices to a timeless selection of classic holiday hits and jazz standards.
Steven Reineke - Conductor; Capathia Jenkins - Vocalist; Tony DeSare - Vocalist; San Francisco Symphony Chorus; San Francisco Symphony
Our Creative Chair for Jazz is impossible to hem in, an artistic force who’s spent decades in pursuit of the next interesting sound. No matter if he’s playing acoustic post-bop or head-bobbing funk, any appearance by Herbie Hancock is a can’t-miss evening.
This concert is recommended for children ages 5 to 11.
The LA Phil’s Conductor Laureate—now Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony—exults in a program that includes his tribute to Frank Gehry, a major premiere by the exceedingly creative Gabriella Smith, and Strauss’ whirlwind of a symphonic poem that begins with an awesome fanfare to end all fanfares, well known for its use in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto is often considered the most difficult concerto in the standard repertory but also one of his most loved for its Romantic lyricism. Acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman joins the Music Director of the Vienna State Opera, Philippe Jordan, for this richly melodic concert that concludes with a substantial suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s colorful ballet music inspired by Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy.
Hailed for his “staggering command of centuries of repertory” (The New Yorker), Igor Levit performs Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto—the first of his concertos written in his second period, heroic style. Former Dudamel Fellow Elim Chan, whom the Los Angeles Times praised for conducting with “sophisticated grace,” leads Mendelssohn’s sunny “Italian” Symphony as well as a U.S. premiere of Cloudline by Elizabeth Ogonek, which offers a lyrical homage to ancient musical forms and techniques.
The internationally recognized violin icon returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall with his longtime musical partner.
In 1943, Duke Ellington premiered two works about the experience of Black Americans—one, Black, Brown, and Beige, traced their collective history and another, New World A-Coming, imagined a hopeful future. Ellington wrote about the latter in his biography, “I visualized this new world as a place in the distant future, where there would be no war, no greed, no categorization, no non-believers, where love was unconditional, and no pronoun was good enough for God.” Within the context of the orchestra, Ellington explored these themes, as well as his faith, in many forms, from sacred concerts to extended suites to tone poems. He brought the full range of his musical vocabulary to bear on his symphonic work, weaving spirituals, jazz, blues, and even West Indian dance music into his orchestrations. In two programs over four nights, Thomas Wilkins leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a weekend dedicated to the orchestral music of a great American composer. Concerts in the Thursday 2 subscription series are generously supported by the Otis Booth Foundation.
Like Duke Ellington before him, Robert Glasper sees through the boundaries that are often laid down between genres and styles of music. An accomplished pianist respected by the jazz establishment, he’s also deeply in touch with the sounds that are shaping the 2020s, and is a go-to collaborator for everyone from Herbie Hancock to Kendrick Lamar. Together with an orchestra and some very special guests, he’ll erase the boundaries of time, too, bringing the music of Ellington into conversation with jazz’s present and its future.
Beloved virtuoso Emanuel Ax takes on Brahms’ epic First Piano Concerto with his full artistic arsenal. “Ax’s fleet fingerwork and the integrity of his interpretation mesmerized his audience” (The Guardian). Michael Tilson Thomas leads one of his all-time favorite works, Alban Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra, which MTT describes as a musical journey to the “borderline of sanity and looking at what happens when our obsessions get hold of us and lead to attractive but ultimately destructive places.”
Jazz up your holidays! The 10-time Grammy-winning Arturo Sandoval and his Big Band make it a jumping, jiving, jingling night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, performing a program of holiday favorites decked out in Latin jazz styling.
Walt Disney Concert Hall’s massive pipe organ, a choir, and a jazz combo lead a cheerful selection of seasonal favorites in this Los Angeles holiday tradition. A jolly good time!
“Her full, beautiful tone, unimpeachable intonation and restrained sincerity worked perfectly against the music around her. One heard everything, and everything was worth hearing.” – The New York Times Violinist Sarah Chang has wowed audiences around the world with her dynamic precision and exquisite violin playing. Chang was the youngest person to win the prestigious Avery Fisher Grand Prize and the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame Award. For this performance, she is accompanied by pianist Julio Elizalde, whom the Seattle Times called a musician of “compelling artistry and power.”