The San Francisco Symphony has announced that a second season of its “Keeping Score” television series will air on PBS beginning in October. Three one-hour documentary-style programs with the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas will cover Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Ives’s Holidays Symphony, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Each program will include performances by the orchestra along with the stories behind the symphonies, with scenes shot in Paris, New England, St. Petersburg, and Moscow, with a unifying theme of composers struggling with musical language as a unique expression of their ideas. Along with the television series, the orchestra’s “Keeping Score” programs work in tandem with an interactive website,; a national radio series; and an education program for K-12 teachers to help them integrate classical music into core subjects. The first season of “Keeping Score” aired on PBS in 2006, with episodes on Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Copland.

Posted June 12, 2009

Photos of Michael Tilson Thomas by Oliver Theil