Esa-Pekka Salonen and the SF Symphony present a program where the friction between powerful viewpoints yields brilliant musical discoveries. Hannah Kendall’s Tuxedo: Vasco ‘de’ Gama takes inspiration from Jean-Michel Basquiat’s artwork Tuxedo while referencing the complicated legacy of Western exploration and colonialism. Then, Unsuk Chin’s Graffiti paints a musical picture that’s wild, refined, free, and mysterious. The program concludes with Ludwig van Beethoven’s triumphant Seventh Symphony whose emotional center is the second movement, the heartrending Allegretto.
Tuxedo ‘de’ Gama [San Francisco Symphony Premiere] by Hannah Kendall; Graffiti [San Francisco Symphony Premiere] by Unsuk Chin; Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Esa-Pekka Salonen - conductor; San Francisco Symphony