THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES SUMMER SEASON WITH CONCERTS IN DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL AND OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES AT SIGMUND STERN GROVE AND FROST AMPHITHEATER, JULY 2–AUGUST 13, 2021
ON JULY 4, THE SF SYMPHONY PERFORMS A FREE CONCERT AT SIGMUND STERN GROVE WITH EDWIN OUTWATER CONDUCTING
SF SYMPHONY PERFORMS FIVE SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERTS AT FROST AMPHITHEATER, PRESENTED BY STANFORD LIVE, JULY 10–AUGUST 7
Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the SF Symphony in concerts at Davies Symphony Hall on July 9 & 16 and at Frost Amphitheater on July 10 & 17
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The San Francisco Symphony today announced programming for its summer season, featuring a free Fourth of July concert at Sigmund Stern Grove and performances at Davies Symphony Hall and Stanford University’s Frost Amphitheater, July 2–August 13.The Symphony’s summer season features performances conducted by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as guest conductors Edwin Outwater, Michael Morgan, Lina González-Granados, and Xian Zhang.Featured soloists include pianists Aaron Diehl and George Li, cellist Pablo Ferrández, and SF Symphony musicians Mark Inouye, Principal Trumpet, and Carey Bell, Principal Clarinet. Each week’s program is presented twice—first at Davies Symphony Hall and the following evening at Frost Amphitheater, with one repeat performance at Stern Grove Festival on July 4. Tickets for concerts at Davies Symphony Hall can be purchased starting June 11 at 10am online via sfsymphony.org or by calling the San Francisco Symphony Box Office at 415-864-6000; tickets for concerts at Frost Amphitheater can be purchased via Stanford Live here; and tickets for the free performance at Sigmund Stern Grove can be reserved here.
SF Symphony CEO Mark C. Hanson comments, “The San Francisco Symphony is overjoyed to present a summer full of live performances at Davies Symphony Hall and two of the Bay Area’s most beloved and iconic outdoor music venues—Stanford University’s Frost Amphitheater and Sigmund Stern Grove—both of which have longstanding relationships with the Symphony. Experiencing live concerts together connects and inspires us and, after such a challenging year, we are delighted to share the joy of symphonic music with Bay Area audiences this summer.”
The San Francisco Symphony’s summer season kicks off with concerts on July 2 & 4, conducted by Edwin Outwater and featuring pianist Aaron Diehl. Following the July 2 concert at Davies Symphony Hall, the SF Symphony performs the same program in a special Fourth of July concert at the 84th Stern Grove Festival—the admission-free performing arts series that takes place every summer in the natural outdoor amphitheater at Sigmund Stern Grove. In addition to giving annual performances at the Stern Grove Festival since the festival’s formation in 1938, the San Francisco Symphony also played the very first concert in the Grove in 1932, a year after Rosalie M. Stern purchased Stern Grove and gave it as a gift to the City of San Francisco in memory of her husband Sigmund, a prominent civic leader. The program for both concerts includes John Williams’ Olympic Fanfare and Theme; Morton Gould’s Pavanne from American Symphonette No. 2; Jennifer Higdon’s Cathedrals, from All Things Majestic; Aaron Copland’s Saturday Night Waltz and Hoedown, from Rodeo; Quinn Mason’s Reflections on a Memorial; Carlos Simon’s The Block; the jazz orchestra version George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue; and John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever. Prior to the July 4 concert at Stern Grove, special guest Principal Cultural Consultant to the “Association of Ramaytush Ohlone” Gregg Castro will lead a Native American Land Acknowledgement Ceremony.
Starting July 10, the San Francisco Symphony performs five Saturday night concerts at Stanford University’s Frost Amphitheater, with each program also presented at Davies Symphony Hall the night before. This summer marks the second season of SF Symphony at Frost, presented by Stanford Live. The series was inaugurated in 2019 when the SF Symphony partnered with Stanford Live to present concerts annually in the newly renovated Frost Amphitheater. The San Francisco Symphony’s relationship with the Stanford University community has been a long and fruitful one. In 1913, only two years after its founding, the SF Symphony performed its first concert for Stanford students in Assembly Hall, and made its debut at Stanford’s Frost Amphitheater four years after its opening, as part of Stanford’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in 1941, with Music Director Pierre Monteux conducting. On July 9 (Davies Symphony Hall) & 10 (Frost Amphitheater), Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen leads a program featuring Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 and Wolfgang Amadé Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with SF Symphony Principal Clarinet Carey Bell.
On July 16 (Davies Symphony Hall) & 17 (Frost Amphitheater) Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Symphony in Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms, Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, Italian, and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto performed by San Francisco Symphony Principal Trumpet Mark Inouye.
On July 23 (Davies Symphony Hall) & 24 (Frost Amphitheater), conductor Michael Morgan leads the Orchestra in Gioachino Rossini’s La gazza ladra Overture and the Pas de Six from William Tell, Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3, and James P. Johnson’s Charleston.
Concerts on July 30 (Davies Symphony Hall) & 31 (Frost Amphitheater)feature twoSan Francisco Symphony artist debuts. Lina González-Granados makes her conducting debut with a program of music from Manuel de Falla’s ballet The Three-Cornered Hat, Zoltán Kodály’s Dances of Galánta, and Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto featuring cellist Pablo Ferrández,also in his SF Symphony debut.
On August 6 (Davies Symphony Hall) & 7 (Frost Amphitheater), conductor Xian Zhang leads the San Francisco Symphony in William Grant Still’s Mother and Child and two works by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart—his Piano Concerto No. 24, performed by pianist George Li, and Symphony No. 39.
The San Francisco Symphony closes out its summer season with a pair of concerts at Davies Symphony Hall on August 12 & 13, featuring Edwin Outwater conducting the Symphony in selections from John Williams’ film scores, including the Star Wars Saga, Jurassic Park, E.T the Extra-Terrestrial, and more.