Deborah Voight sings Strauss and Barber with San Francisco Symphony

Lustrous mix of music by SF Symphony In a concert of Strauss, Knudsen, Barber and Beethoven at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall last Saturday, Beethoven was the clear winner. Michael Tilson Thomas set aside the score and threw himself into the conducting with a palpable directness that illuminated each musical strand....

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John Adams’ ‘Flowering Tree’ at San Francisco Symphony

John Adams conducted the US premiere of his own masterwork, A Flowering Tree, at the S.F. Symphony this past weekend for three sold-out performances. Inspired by Mozart’s Magic Flute, Adams drew on an ancient text translated into English by the Indian scholar and poet A. K. Ramanujan. Like the best fairy tales, this one had its audience wide-eyed and spellbound. We wore eveningwear, but it felt like feet-pajamas. A Flowering Tree is magical, mysterious and...

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