“The San Francisco Symphony’s 2018-19 season will include a two-week Stravinsky Festival conducted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, a musical celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a program devoted to the theme of climate change in partnership with the San Francisco Asia Society,” writes Joshua Kosman in Tuesday’s (3/6) San Francisco Chronicle. The season will conclude “with semi-staged productions of … Ravel’s ‘L’Enfant et les sortilèges’ and Britten’s ‘Noye’s Fludde.’ Thomas will be represented as a composer by his ‘From the Diary of Anne Frank’ and ‘Street Song,’ and will lead the first Symphony performances of Niccolò Castiglioni’s ‘Inverno in-ver’ (1973), with a newly created video accompaniment…. The only works by women are short curtain-raisers by the English-born Anna Clyne and the Polish composer and violinist Grazyna Bacewicz, who died in 1969. The orchestra’s commissioned or co-commissioned premieres are by Steven Mackey, Andrew Norman, Kevin Puts and Steve Reich. In an interview, Executive Director Mark C. Hanson acknowledged the issue, and delivered a firm commitment that the following season would see a marked improvement.” Guest conductors will include Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Daniel Harding, Manfred Honeck, Fabio Luisi, Cristian Macelaru, François-Xavier Roth, and Krzysztof Urbanski. 

Posted March 9, 2018