Esa-Pekka Salonen’s distinctive Sibelius in the first SFS concert after announcing his 2025 departure

United StatesUnited States Sibelius: Lisa Batiashvili (violin), San Francisco Symphony / Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor). Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 14.3.2024. (HS)

SFS librarian Margo Keiser presents Esa-Pekka Salonen with a bouquet from the musicians © Kristen Loken

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SF Symphony in 2024-25 and news about Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen and San Francisco Symphony to part ways after one final season

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen © Drew Altizer

Esa-Pekka Salonen surprised almost everyone in 2018 by signing a five-year contract to be San Francisco Symphony’s music director after he had told the world that he did not want to have that role again. His tenure began in 2020 – unfortunately coinciding with the onset of COVID-19 – and now there will not be another term. He will leave the post when his five-year contract ends in June 2025. The organization has just over a year to decide who might be next to lead the orchestra.

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Dazzling Brahms from Fischer trumps the San Francisco Symphony’s dramatic Stravinsky

United StatesUnited States Stravinsky, Brahms: Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano), Nicholas Phan (tenor), Luca Pisaroni (baritone), Julia Fischer (violin), San Francisco Symphony / Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor). Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 23.2.2024. (HS)

Julia Fischer © Uwe Arens (IMG)

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San Francisco Opera in 2024-2025

San Francisco Opera takes a step back in the 2024-25 season

Music director Eun Sun Kim and general director Matthew Shilvock © Cody Pickens

After a 2023-24 season that featured three significant and well-received new operas, San Francisco Opera this week announced a 2024-25 season with fewer performances and only one company premiere – The Handmaid’s Tale, which dates from 2000.

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Sleek and lively Bach and Schubert in San Francisco

United StatesUnited States Legion Chamber Music – J. S. Bach, Schubert: Alexander Barantschik (violin), Peter Wyrick (cello), Anton Nel (piano and harpsichord). Presented by San Francisco Symphony, Gunn Theater at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 3.12.2023. (HS)

Alexander Barantschik (violin), Anton Nel (piano), Peter Wyrick (cello) take bows after the Schubert Trio © Harvey Steiman

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