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Today's announcement from the San Francisco Symphony:


Concert Cancellation Notice

Dear San Francisco Symphony Community,

We hope this update finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. Today we have made the difficult decision to cancel all San Francisco Symphony concerts through June 30, 2021.

San Francisco Symphony CEO Mark C. Hanson notes, “While it is deeply disappointing to have to cancel the remainder of the planned concerts in our 2020–21 Season, the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 make it clear that this is the best course of action for the Symphony at this time. By canceling these performances, we are able to turn our full attention to investing in the creation of compelling and timely digital content and experiences that both fit within required safety guidelines and take advantage of them as a catalyst for innovation.” 

On November 14, the SF Symphony presents Throughline: San Francisco Symphony—From Hall to Home, a free concert event that reflects the forward-looking creativity of the San Francisco Symphony and the vibrant personalities of the Bay Area and beyond. For more information visit sfsymphony.org/throughline.

We can’t wait to be back on stage sharing live music with you again. Until then, we’re asking for your help: Please consider donating today.

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This weekend (for 3 days) -

Violinist Hilary Hahn "returns to Houston for Mozart’s soaring and graceful Violin Concerto No. 5. Plus, Marin Alsop leads the Symphony in Haydn’s fun-loving Symphony No. 60 and Keyla Orozco’s kinetic PerpetuumM."

Livestream tickets can be purchased here:


Houston Symphony livestream performance FAQ:



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Tonight at 7pm PST -

"The San Francisco Symphony welcomes new Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and eight Collaborative Partners with a digital concert event that charts a new direction for the Orchestra. 

The vibrant program includes music by Ellen Reid, John Adams, Kev Choice, and Ludwig van Beethoven, and is highlighted by the world premiere of Collaborative Partner Nico Muhly’s Throughline, a San Francisco Symphony commission written specifically for a digital medium and filmed in locations around the world.

Throughline: San Francisco Symphony—From Hall to Home will broadcast locally in the Bay Area on November 14 at 7pm PST on KQED Public Television and simultaneously stream worldwide on this page, where it will remain for on-demand."


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Houston Symphony announcement:

Midori Plays Beethoven

Friday, January 15, 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 16, 8 p.m.*
Sunday, January 17, 2:30 p.m.

* Concert available for livestreaming

Midori, one of the most celebrated violinists of all time, performs one of the greatest concertos ever composed when she joins the Houston Symphony for Beethoven’s beloved Violin Concerto. Plus, guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads performances of Gabriela Lena Frank’s Elegía Andina and Kevin Day’s Lightspeed.

Single tickets $20, or save 25% with a livestream package – view details here

How to View the Concert Livestream Video
On the day before the concert, you will receive a new email with a link to the video. If you purchase a ticket after Friday evening, the link will be in your confirmation email. We recommend you access the link at least 10 minutes before the concert begins. Livestream FAQs

Estimated running time: 1 hour


[Note that the above link reads "tchaikovsky" but the page has the correct information for the Beethoven concert]

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All about Classical Music online during the pandemic...

To the Rescue This Year: The People Who Put Orchestras Online

Across the country, fall concerts were saved by staff whose work shifted rapidly from promotional videos to high-quality broadcasts.



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San Francisco Symphony launches their Symphony+ digital platform:

"We are thrilled to announce the launch of SFSymphony+, the San Francisco Symphony’s new on-demand video streaming platform. Here you’ll find all of the Symphony’s digital concerts and events in one place, including boundary-defying SoundBox programs curated by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, our Collaborative Partners, and other special guests; expanded musical explorations with our CURRENTS series; one-of-a-kind special events; and more.

Signing up is easy—for $120, you’ll get access to a season of twelve world-class performances right at your fingertips. Or if you prefer, individual events can be purchased for $15 each. Sign up at the link below to subscribe to SFSymphony+"


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Today's e-mail from Philharmonic Society of Orange County:

Joshua Bell in Recital

Premieres: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 6:00PM (PST)

BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12
BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
BLOCH: Baal Shem, B. 47: "Nigun"
WIENIAWSKI: Polonaise de Concert No. 1 in D major, Op. 4
CHOPIN (arr. Bell/Wallace): Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2

Enjoy a night in with your valentine and experience Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell in a virtual recital with pianist Peter Dugan.

Purchase this concert for $20 per household. On demand viewing access will be available through Wednesday, February 17.

Upgrade your concert experience!

  • Join Joshua Bell after the performance for a live Q&A via ZOOM (Limited spots available). Tickets are $100, including concert access. 


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San Francisco Symphony is streaming a free Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration:

Join Us This Saturday for
Chinese New Year!

Saturday, February 20 at 4PM
The San Francisco Symphony celebrates the Lunar New Year and welcomes the Year of the Ox.
This Saturday, join host Joan Chen, SF Symphony musicians, and guest artists as we explore China’s vibrant musical traditions in a Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration that highlights themes of prosperity, unity, and growth.

This Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration will be available for free on SFSymphony+ and broadcast:
February 20 on NBC Bay Area at 4pm
February 20 on UChannelTV 15.5/16.9 at 7pm

The program will rebroadcast:
February 27 at 4pm on NBC Bay Area
February 21 & 27 at 3:30pm on KTSF 26


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Hilary Hahn reached Day 100 for this year's "100 Days of Practice" - this is her 4th year of 100 Days of Practice, but this time it is coming after a year long sabbatical. The 100 Days of Practice involves publicly sharing her thoughts on learning and re-learning many aspects of playing violin. Warts and all.

She began with basic left-hand fingering exercises and no bowing:
"I started today’s practice with this classic etude sequence, Urstudien. It seems easy, like I’m just tapping the strings to warm up, but it’s so hard to hold the proper position and articulate each muscle motion properly."


And now ends with a Dvořák piece (which I believe she will be performing in Paris before long):


"...This time around, I had a unique goal: to build back to touring shape from a starting point that was far from it. I didn’t know if I would travel anywhere within these 100 days, especially as concerts continued to evaporate. (Not complaining! We need to protect our communities’ health!)

There’s something I didn’t mention at the beginning, because I didn’t want it to be analyzed without context or put pressure on my practice experience. But I’ll tell you now, because it’ll be illuminating in retrospect. Between September 2019 and December 2020, I took a total of a year off from practicing. Didn’t touch the violin, for lots of different reasons, all of them valid.

At 41, I’ve spent enough years practicing thousands of hours per year that playing the violin is sort of like riding a bike. On the flip side, I’ve taken enough time away from the violin during planned and unplanned breaks, with therapeutic supervision during my rebuilding phases, that I know exactly how to restart without injuring myself. I don’t advise taking long periods of time away from the instrument without a very good reason and a solid plan for returning; it’s really risky..."

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After 11 minutes of talk by the announcer we have Hilary Hahn, Matthias Goerne, Mikko Franck and the Philharmonique de Radio France perform a Dvořák & Shostakovich program.

Live today, but they also have a stream that begins at the beginning of the program (which is pretty great). Look for the Play button near the top of the page - beside the page title (reads" 2hr 28 min" below the button).


Hahn's comments can be read here:

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Announcement from the San Francisco Symphony:

"The San Francisco Symphony is returning to Davies Symphony Hall for live performances and we can't wait to welcome you back! Beginning May 6 and continuing through the end of June, the Symphony will offer concerts each Thursday and Friday led by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and an array of guest conductors..."

"The San Francisco Symphony’s live concert reopening plan was developed in accordance with regulations set by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the City and County of San Francisco, and the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center.

All concerts will be approximately 75 minutes in length and will be performed without intermission. Instrumentation and orchestra size will be planned in accordance with City guidelines and will vary. These San Francisco Symphony performances will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test for all patrons, musicians, staff, and volunteers as well as universal mask wearing. There will be significantly reduced concert hall capacity, contactless tickets, assigned seats that maximize physical distancing, increased ventilation and filtration standards, social distancing requirements, and other safety measures in place."

Calendar of Events

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Free steaming of Stravinsky' s Soldier's Tale from San Francisco Symphony on the SFSymphony+ platform:

Director Netia Jones teams up with Esa-Pekka Salonen, actor Bruce Davison, dancer Adji Cissoko, and musicians of the San Francisco Symphony to present a new digital production of Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale.


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