Friday, May 26th, 2017
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
An original Renaissance man, Michelangelo is well-known for his sculptures (hello, "David") and paintings (here's looking at you, Sistine Chapel), but he was also an accomplished poet. His romantic verses are rife with longing, and those lovelorn words inspired a work by famed composer Shostakovich. The Russian maestro said the "Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti" might as well have been called his 16th Symphony, and you can hear the interwoven complexities of that song-cycle when Manfred Honeck picks up the baton for the San Francisco Symphony. This performance features a special appearance by German baritone Matthias Goerne, who has performed with orchestras all over the world. Also on the bill is Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, one of his most popular works, which promises to fill Davies Symphony Hall with unforgettable melodies.