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Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony in Shostakovich and Bartók at Carnegie Hall

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage - Carnegie Hall

57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

San Francisco Symphony -2

Three visionary 20th-century composers approach classic forms—the ballet and concerto—in unique ways. Conceived as a ballet, The Seasons has some of Cage’s most subtly shaded and gently melodic music. The outer movements of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 are dashed with sardonic humor—its finale even irreverently quotes one of Stalin’s favorite songs—but its emotional core is a melancholy theme that recalls the funeral march from Beethoven’s “Eroica” and leads to a breathlessly energetic cadenza. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra treats color, harmony, and counterpoint with virtuosic flair in a work infused with mystery, humor, and fire. —Carnegie Hall

Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director, and Conductor
Gautier Capuçon, Cello

CAGE The Seasons
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra


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