Michael Tilson Thomas marks his 24th year as music director of the San Francisco Symphony with a trip up the coast. This special Seattle program opens with Tilson Thomas’ own composition, the enchanting Agnegram, and showcases the orchestra’s expressive range with Beethoven’s game-changing Eroica Symphony.
Violinist Rose Mary Harbison and keyboardist John Harbison perform music by Bach, Mozart, Harbison, Schöenberg and Kreisler, and read excerpts from John Harbison's new book “What Do We Make of Bach?” The author will be available to sign copies after the event.
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 honors Bach through structural patterns and telltale themes, resulting in a stunningly clear and refined swan song. Organist Wayne Marshall brings John Harbison’s Bach-inspired symphony to the Benaroya Hall stage.
Pierre Boulez and Luciano Berio challenge the boundaries of musical possibility in two works of daring virtuosity. Boulez’s Sur incises is a riot of color, filled with spectacular energy and drama. Berio’s more introspective Circles reaches for new heights of expression, uniting sound and gesture into music of enigmatic beauty.