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Ode To Joy


Music heals in many ways.  On November 19th Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony musicians, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, special guests, and the stage crew, ushers, and staff of the San Francisco Symphony will be using music to heal in more ways than one.


To aid the victims of the horrific Northern California wild fires of October they will be presenting Symphony Relief, a concert with all proceeds going directly to the recovery program.  Everyone involved, from MTT himself to the ushers and stage crew, will be donating their time.  All proceeds will go directly to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund and the Sonoma County Resilience Fund.

The program opens with two inspirational works by Americancomposer Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man and music from the 1940 film Our Town. The concert also includes the finale from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, a cappella spirituals performed by bass Soloman Howard, and the uplifting finale from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, culminating in his beloved Ode “To Joy.”


So that everyone can afford to participate in this healing endeavor, tickets begin at a very affordable $25.00.  Tickets and information are available at sfsymphony.org or at 415 864-6000  and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.