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The SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY gave its first concerts in December 1911. Its music directors have included Henry Hadley, Alfred Hertz, Basil Cameron, lssay Dobrowen, Pierre Monteux, Enrique Jordá, Josef Krips, Seiji Ozawa, Edo de Waart, Herbert Blomstedt, and, since 1995, Michael Tilson Thomas. The SFS has won such recording awards as France’s Grand Prix du Disque, the UK’s Gramophone Award, Germany’s ECHO Klassik, and the United States’s Grammy. Releases on the Symphony’s own label, SFS Media, include a cycle of Mahler symphonies that has received seven Grammys, several volumes devoted to the works of Beethoven, and John Adams’s Harmonielehre and Short Ride in a Fast Machine, which won a 2013 Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance, and the 2013 ECHO Klassik. The Orchestra’s live recording of the first-ever complete concert performances of the score from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story was nominated for a 2014 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and won the 2015 ICMA Award in the category of Opera and as Recording of the Year. For RCA Red Seal, Michael Tilson Thomas and the SFS have recorded scenes from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, a collection of Stravinsky ballets, and Charles Ives: An American Journey, among others.

Some of the most important conductors of the past and recent years have been guests on the SFS podium, among them Bruno Walter, Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein, and Sir Georg Solti, and the list of composers who have led the Orchestra includes Stravinsky, Ravel, Copland, and John Adams. The SFS Youth Orchestra, founded in 1980, has become known around the world, as has the SFS Chorus, heard on recordings and on the soundtracks of such films as Amadeus and The Godfather: Part III. For more than two decades, the SFS Adventures in Music program has brought music to every child in grades 1 through 5 in San Francisco’s public schools. SFS radio broadcasts, the first in the US to feature symphonic music when they began in 1926, today carry the Orchestra’s concerts across the country. In a multimedia program designed to make classical music accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, the SFS launched Keeping Score on PBS-TV, DVD, radio, and at the website keepingscore.org.

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