French horns in the San Francisco Symphony orchestra

Celebrate “The San Francisco Symphony Reopening Night” as it welcomes its new music director on Great Performances – Nov. 19 at 9 pm

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Great Performances Presents San Francisco Symphony’s Reopening Night Concert Welcoming Music Director GRAMMY winner Esa-Pekka Salonen November 19 on PBS



San Francisco Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen.
San Francisco Symphony Music Director Esa Pekka Salonen (photo credit: Minna Hatinen)

Great Performances celebrates the opening night of San Francisco Symphony’s 110th season as it welcomes its Music Director, GRAMMY-winning conductor-composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, to the stage as conductor, marking their first opening night concert together since Salonen assumed the post of Music Director last season. Scheduled to be recorded October 1, 2021, before a live audience, the coronavirus pandemic-delayed concert includes performances of John Adams’ “Slonimsky’s Earbox,” Alberto Ginastera’s “Estancia” Suite with dancers from San Francisco-based contemporary ballet company LINES Ballet performing original choreography by Alonzo King, and Silvestre Revueltas’ “Noche de Encantamiento” from his film score to “La Noche de los Mayas.” The concert also features GRAMMY-winning bassist and vocalist esperanza spalding and a jazz trio of guest musicians performing GRAMMY-winning composer-saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s “Gaia” with the San Francisco Symphony. Great Performances: San Francisco Symphony Reopening Night premieres Friday, November 19 at 9 p.m.  on PBS, and the PBS Video app. 

Musical Selections:

  • “Slonimsky’s Earbox” by John Adams
  • “Estancia” Suite by Alberto Ginastera
  • Excerpts from “Gaia” by Wayne Shorter
  • “Noche de encantamiento” from La noche de los Mayas” by Silvestre Revueltas
Woodwinds and brass, The San Francisco Symphony
Woodwinds and brass, The San Francisco Symphony

Notable Talent:

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen – Music Director and GRAMMY-winning conductor-composer
  • esperanza spalding – vocalist and bass
  • Alonzo King LINES Ballet
  • San Francisco Symphony


Production Credits:

Directed by Michael Beyer and produced by Bernhard Fleischer, Great Performances: San Francisco Symphony Reopening Night is a production of Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images and The WNET Group. Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.

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