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San Francisco Symphony to Release Ongoing Live Concert Recordings From 2019–20 Season


Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) announced the launch of SFS Media’s new Digital Concert Series on Apple Music and all major streaming and download platforms on January 10. In celebration of Thomas’s 25th and final season as music director, the series will include live concert recordings from 2019–2020 season concerts featuring composers that Thomas, of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and Local 9-535 (Boston, MA), and the SFS have championed throughout their decades together. SFS musicians are members of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA).

This major new addition to the SFS Media catalog launches with the initial release of five San Francisco Symphony performances conducted by Thomas and recorded in September 2019: Mahler’s Symphony No. 6; Stravinsky’s “Canticum sacrum” with tenor Nicholas Phan, baritone Tyler Duncan, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus; Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms” with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus; Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with Oliver Herbert; and Stravinsky’s “Symphony in Three Movements.”

Throughout the season, the Digital Concert Series will grow to include additional 2019–2020 recordings—each released approximately one month after performances—including Berlioz’s “Overture to Benvenuto Cellini;” Ravel’s “La Valse;” Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll;” Stravinsky’s “The Firebird;” Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5; Ruggles’ “Angels” and “Sun-treader;” Schubert’s Symphony in B minor, “Unfinished”; Schoenberg’s “Five Pieces for Orchestra;” and Shostakovich’s Symphony  No. 5, among others.

The San Francisco Symphony is also launching an ongoing season playlist named “Join the Season” that will be available exclusively on Apple Music. The playlist will allow global audiences to participate in the ongoing celebration of Thomas’s final season as music director. Users with Apple Music subscriptions can add the playlist to their library which will automatically add every new work to their Apple Music library.

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