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Celebrity Series Brings Michael Tilson Thomas & SF Symphony to Boston on March 24

Tuesday Mar 19, 2019
Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony  

Celebrity Series of Boston will present the San Francisco Symphony with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and violin soloist Christian Tetzlaff on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at 5 pm at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA.

The acclaimed San Francisco Symphony return for their eighth Celebrity Series appearance, their final under the baton of visionary music director Michael Tilson Thomas, who has announced his retirement in 2020. The program features "an artist who considers the ordinary unacceptable" (New York Times), the brilliant German violinist Christian Tetzlaff — who has more recently dazzled audiences in recital and chamber performances — in his first Series performance in more than 25 years as an orchestral soloist.

Tickets start at $57 and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at Symphony Hall's Hall Box Office, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the San Francisco Symphony's eighth concert with the Celebrity Series; they made their debut in 1947 and were seen most recently in 2014 under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas with violin soloist Gil Shaham. This will be Michael Tilson Thomas' fifth performance with the Celebrity Series; he made his debut in 1979 with the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra. This performance will be the sixth Celebrity Series performance for Christian Tetzlaff; he made his debut in 1991 with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Yo-Yo Ma under the baton of Michael Gielen.

The program includes a work by Mr. Tilson Thomas, "Agnegram," along with Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Opus 64 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, "Eroica," The program will be approximately 100 minutes with intermission.

This performance is generously sponsored by Foley & Lardner, LLP, with additional support provided by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany. This concert is made possible in part by support from the LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Endowment & Innovation Funds with generous leadership support from Eleanor & Frank Pao and Susan & Michael Thonis.

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