MTT & San Francisco Symphony present Symphony Pride

Next week, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony will celebrate San Francisco Bay Area’s LGBTQ community with a concert in Davies Symphony Hall on 4 April 2017. Entitled Symphony Pride, this special event will celebrate the area’s spirit of inclusion and diversity, and affirm the orchestra’s belief in representing the values of the community that it serves.

The concert takes place on the eve of the orchestra’s East Coast tour, which was due to include two concerts in North California, both cancelled in response to discriminatory legislation adopted by the state.

Joined by veteran Broadway star and friend of many years, Audra McDonald, MTT will co-host and conduct a wide-ranging programme featuring works by LGBTQ composers, including Lou Harrison, Henry Cowell, Meredith Monk and John Cage, as well as songs by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Kander and Ebb, the finale to Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, and Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.

Of the concert, MTT said “This special evening honors the essential contributions that LGBTQ composers have made in shaping the American musical sound. One of music’s greatest roles is to bring people together. I am proud to join with the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony and my dear friend Audra McDonald in presenting an evening that celebrates and honors the spirit of our community. This concert also offers me the opportunity to express my appreciation for the generous welcome extended to me and my husband Joshua Robison since our arrival here over 20 years ago.”

Proceeds from ticket sales will support non-profit organizations that provide services to the LGBTQ community in the Bay Area, including Larkin Street Youth Services, Transgender Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, The SF LGBT Center, and The Trevor Project.

Listen to the performance

Symphony Pride will be broadcast on Classical KDFC 90.3 San Francisco, 104.9 San Jose and 89.9 Napa on 11 April at 8pm, and be available for on-demand streaming on

More information

More details and full programme
Full press release [PDF]

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on September 3, 2010 in Davies Symphony Hall.


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