Esa-Pekka Salonen, Renée Fleming & Christine Goerke Lead San Francisco Symphony’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-21 season which will feature a number of high-profile vocal performances.

Esa-Pekka Salonen opens the season with San Francisco Symphony Collaborative Partners reimagining the music of J.S. Bach and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1.

Performance Dates: Oct. 2 & 3, 2020

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Bartók’s Piano Concerto and “Bluebeard’s Castle.” Yefim Bronfman performs the piano concerto with Michelle DeYoung and Gerald Finley as the soloists in the opera.

Performance Dates: Oct. 8-11, 2020

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Marianne Crebassa join forces for a program that includes Debussy’s “Ibéria” from “Images pour orchestre,” Berio’s
“Folk Songs,” Ravel’s “Shéhérazade,” and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.”

Performance Dates: Oct. 15-17, 2020

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and San Francisco Symphony in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis.

Performance Dates: Nov. 5-8, 2020

Giancarlo Guerrero conducts pianist Aaron Diehl and the Lorelei Ensemble in the San Francisco Symphony premiere of Price’s Piano Concerto and Julia Wolfe’s “Her Story.”

Performance Dates: Nov. 12-14, 2020

In time for the Holidays, Jonathan Cohen conducts Handel’s Messiah. Soloists to be announced.

Performance Dates: Dec. 11 & 12, 2020

Masaaki Suzuki conducts the Bach Collegium Japan with soloists Carolyn Sampson, Marianne Beate Bielland, Zachary Wilder, and Christian Immler. The program includes Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, Cantata No. 147, “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben,” and Mozart’s Mass in C minor.

Performance Date: Jan. 24, 2021

Esa-Pekka Salonen and San Francisco Symphony Chorus join forces for Rameau’s Tambourins I-II from “Castor and Pollux,” Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Gemini, and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé.

Performance Dates: March 5-7, 2021

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s “Elektra” in a concert reading with Christine Goerke in the title role alongside Emily Magee, Anna Larsson, Alan Oke, and Peixin Chen.

Performance Dates: May 18-20, 2021

Jane Glover conducts Joélle Harvey, Elizabeth DeShong, Jonas Hacker, and Tyler Duncan in Bach’s Mass in B Minor.

Performance Dates: April 22, 2021

Philippe Jordan conducts Ian Bostridge and Iain Paterson in Britten’s War Requiem.

Performance Dates: May 13-15, 2021

Renée Fleming sings Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” with Nathalie Stutzmann conducting. The program also includes music From Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust” and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.

Performance Dates: June 10-13, 2021

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Nora Fischer in Hindemith’s “Mörder,” “Hoffnung der Frauen,” Weill’s Das Berliner Requiem, and “Die sieben Todsünden.” Simon McBurney directs the production.

Performance Dates: June 24-26, 2021