SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT 100_ DOCUMENTARY by linzhengnd

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / August 29, 2011




 From left to right: Henry Hadley, first San Francisco Symphony Music Director, 1911-1915; Edo de Waart, San Francisco Symphony
  Music Director from 1977 to 1985, and Symphony benefactor Louise M. Davies during the construction of Davies Symphony Hall,
            which opened in 1980; the orchestra at NBC's San Francisco studio, in a Standard Hour radio broadcast, 1942

                SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT 100, DOCUMENTARY
        CHRONICLING THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY,
                         PREMIERES ON KQED 9 PUBLICTV
                        FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 AT 9:00 PM

    Author Amy Tan narrates film that tells the story of the orchestra and its community

SAN FRANCISCO, August 29, 2011 – San Francisco Symphony at 100, an hour-long documentary telling the
engaging story of the San Francisco Symphony’s (SFS) first century premieres on KQED Public Television 9 on
Friday, September 16 at 9:00 pm, coinciding with the start of the Symphony’s 2011-12 Centennial Season. KQED 9
will air repeat broadcasts of San Francisco Symphony at 100 on Saturday, September 17 at 3:00 am and Sunday,
September 18 at 12:00 noon. KQED Life airs the documentary on Sunday, September 18 at 8:00 pm and on
Monday, September 19 at 2:00 am. KQED Plus shows it on Wednesday, September 21 at 10:00 pm, Thursday,
September 22 at 4:00 am and 7:00 pm and Friday, September 23 at 1:00 am.


Following the earthquake and fire of 1906 the dream of a handful of civic-minded music lovers to create an
orchestra for all was realized. San Francisco Symphony at 100 chronicles the orchestra’s century of cultural and
civic contributions to its communities, local and global. Narrated by author Amy Tan (The Bonesetter’s Daughter,
The Joy Luck Club) a longtime friend and fan of the Symphony, the documentary includes rarely seen archival
images and performance footage, interviews with musicians and supporters, and excerpts from its vast recording
archives. A five-minute excerpt from, The Early Years, the opening sequence of the film can be viewed in advance
on the Symphony’s You Tube channel at YouTube.com/sfsymphony. KQED Life is broadcast on at Comcast 189
and Digital 54.3; and KQED Plus on Channel 54, Comcast 10. KQED 9 is also seen in the Monterey/Salinas area
on channel 25.


Organized in eight themed vignettes, the Symphony’s story is told in stand-alone chapters that outline the
institution’s contributions to music education, its pioneering media efforts, its tours, and the great artists it has
nurtured and befriended over the years. Some of the stories brought to life in the documentary include the
founding of the Orchestra in post-earthquake San Francisco, the Standard Radio Hour broadcasts, the historic
1947 trans-continental tour lead by Pierre Monteux, the arrival of Seiji Ozawa, building of the War Memorial Opera
House and Davies Symphony Hall, the formation of education programs such as Adventures in Music and the SF
Symphony Youth Orchestra. San Francisco Symphony at 100 will be available on DVD from SFS Media in 2012.
Janette Gitler and an award-winning team whose credits include the Symphony’s Keeping Score documentaries
produced San Francisco Symphony at 100 for the orchestra’s in-house audio and video label SFS Media.


On Wednesday, October 5 at 6:00 p.m., the San Francisco Main Library will host a screening of San Francisco
Symphony at 100 followed by a Q&A with the documentary’s producer Janette Gitler. The talk is in conjunction with
an exhibition celebrating the Orchestra’s first 100 years on display in the Jewett Gallery at the Main Library from
September 8, 2011 through January 9, 2012.


KQED recognizes the San Francisco Symphony in their arts programming this fall by also airing the episode from
the Symphony’s nationally broadcast television series Keeping Score dedicated to Shostakovich’s Symphony No.
5. Keeping Score will be shown immediately following San Francisco Symphony at 100 broadcasts on Sunday,
September 18 at 1:00 pm on KQED 9 and at 9:00 pm Sunday, September 18 and 3:00 am on Monday, September
19 on KQED Life.


The San Francisco Symphony is a leader among Orchestras in embracing new media. From its first broadcast in
1926 to the launch, in 2001, of the Orchestra’s own in-house audio and video recording label, and its nationally
broadcast television series Keeping Score, the SFS has been at the forefront of harnessing technology as a way to
make classical music accessible to all.



                             THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S CENTENNIAL SEASON
September 7-9, the San Francisco Symphony holds three days of civic and community celebrations to mark 100
years since the Orchestra’s founding, as well as to celebrate the American orchestra’s role as a cultural,
educational, and civic institution. The Opening Night Gala on September 7, the Free Birthday Bash Concert in Civic
Center Plaza on September 8 and the All-San Francisco Concert on September 9 kick off the San Francisco
Symphony’s 2011-2012 Centennial Season, an ambitious eleven-month calendar of concerts, programs, and
events, expanded education programs, and Centennial media initiatives. When the San Francisco Symphony was
established in 1911, its founders sought to create a permanent orchestra for the city that would make music
available to all its citizens, regardless of age, income or background. Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT)
and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) hold true to this vision 100 years later with the opening of their 2011-2012
Centennial Season.

The Symphony plans expanded music education programs during its Centennial Season and beyond, including
instrument training support for San Francisco public middle and high schools and an amateur music-making
program for adults. In addition, the SFS will produce a variety of media projects that explore the living heritage of
the Orchestra, its music, and its role in the community, including a Centennial book, a documentary film, public
archival exhibitions, and new online experiences.
Over the course of the season MTT and the Orchestra will break new ground with a two-week American Mavericks
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Festival of music from composers who defined 20 -century American music. As part of the festival, the Orchestra
performs three world premiere commissions, from modern masters John Adams and Meredith Monk and
classical/electronica composer Mason Bates, both in San Francisco and on a national tour. Tilson Thomas will
conduct the Orchestra in 18 weeks of concerts, and will lead the Orchestra in works from 1911, the first year of the
San Francisco Symphony’s history, including Debussy’s complete music for the mystery play Le martyre de Saint
Sebastien, incorporating video and multimedia. Tilson Thomas and the Orchestra also perform a semi-staged
production of Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (1911), Stravinsky’s Petrushka (1911), and a week of semi-staged
concerts of music from early San Francisco. Other major program highlights are Project San Francisco artist and
composer residencies, with violinist Joshua Bell and composer Bates; performances of Thomas Adès and Tal
Rosner’s new San Francisco Symphony co-commission Polaris: Voyage for Orchestra, also with video; and the
U.S. premiere of a newly co-commissioned work from Sofia Gubaidulina. The Orchestra’s 2011-12 Centennial
Season will also feature an unprecedented concert series of six of the most distinguished major American
orchestras: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles
Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, performing two concerts each.



                                      CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT 100 DOCUMENTARY AIRING ON KQED

Friday, September 16 at 9:00 pm                    KQED 9, Comcast 9 and 709, Digital 9.1, 54.2 or 25.1
Saturday, September 17 at 3:00 am                  KQED 9, Comcast 9 and 709, Digital 9.1, 54.2 or 25.1
Sunday, September 18 at 12:00 noon                 KQED 9, Comcast 9 and 709, Digital 9.1, 54.2 or 25.1
Sunday, September 18 at 8:00 pm                    KQED Life, Comcast 189, Digital 54.3
Monday, September 19 at 2:00 am                    KQED Life, Comcast 189, Digital 54.3
Wednesday, September 21 at 10:00 pm                KQED Plus, Channel 54, Comcast 10, Digital 9.2, 54.1 or 25.2
Thursday, September 22 at 4:00 am & 7:00 pm        KQED Plus, Channel 54, Comcast 10, Digital 9.2, 54.1 or 25.2
Friday, September 23 at 1:00 am                    KQED Plus, Channel 54, Comcast 10, Digital 9.2, 54.1 or 25.2


San Francisco Symphony at 100, an hour-long documentary of the San Francisco Symphony’s first century.
Narrated by author Amy Tan.




KEEPING SCORE: SHOSTAKOVICH SYMPHONY NO. 5 AIRING ON KQED

Sunday, September 18 at 1:00 pm                    KQED 9, Comcast 9 and 709, Digital 9.1, 54.2 or 25.1
Sunday, September 18 at 9:00 pm                    KQED Life, Comcast 189, Digital 54.3
Monday, September 19 at 3:00 am                    KQED Life, Comcast 189, Digital 54.3

Shostakovich may have hid a subversive message beneath the notes of his life-saving Symphony No. 5. Michael Tilson
Thomas hosts this hour-long documentary, produced by the San Francisco Symphony for SFS Media, filmed on location
in the Soviet Union and featuring interviews with musicians of the San Francisco Symphony as well as concert footage of
Symphony No. 5 in performance.


SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY DOCUMENTARY SCREENING OF SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT 100
AND Q&A WITH PRODUCER JANETTE GITLER

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.                    San Francisco Main Library – Koret Auditorium
Free                                                       100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

The San Francisco Main Library will hold a screening of San Francisco Symphony at 100 followed by a Q&A with
the documentary’s Producer Janette Gitler in the Koret Auditorium on Wednesday, October 5 at 6:00 p.m. The talk
is in conjunction with an exhibition celebrating the Orchestra’s first 100 years on display in the Jewett Gallery at the
Main Library from September 8, 2011 through January 9, 2012.
-SFS-

								
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