WFMT Orchestra Series

Including LA Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and more

Coming up in Spring, 2024, we are proud to announce an exciting quarter of music from our ongoing partnership with the San Francisco Symphony!

This Spring quarter of the WFMT Orchestra Series begins with the San Francisco Symphony‘s world premiere of Push by Trevor Weston, Emerging Black Composers Project winner. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a transcendent performance featuring Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor. Vocalists Golda Schultz and Michelle DeYoung, along with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, join forces to bring Mahler’s glorious vision to life (WOS 23-40 / SFS 24-01). Other season highlights include:

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen continues the symphonic journey, presenting Igor Stravinsky’s explosive ballet score, The Firebird. Soprano Golda Schultz graces the stage for Jean Sibelius’s cosmic Luonnotar, followed by the United States premiere of Daniel Kidane’s San Francisco Symphony commission, Sun Poem (WOS 23-41 / SFS 24-02);
  • Experience an extraordinary evening with Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, featuring the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Third Piano Concerto, showcasing the exceptional talent of pianist Yuja Wang. The program also includes Carl Nielsen’s sun-drenched Helios Overture and Béla Bartók’s powerful Concerto for Orchestra (WOS 23-42 / SFS 24-03);
  • Conductor Elim Chan debuts with the San Francisco Symphony in a captivating performance featuring Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s sunny Second Symphony, Sergei Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto with James Ehnes, and the world premiere of a San Francisco Symphony commission by Elizabeth Ogonek titled Moondog (WOS 23-45 / SFS 24-06);
  • Pianist Conor Hanick premieres a San Francisco Symphony commission of No Such Spring by Samuel Carl Adams, which sets the stage for Anton Bruckner’s imaginative Symphony No. 6 in A major (WOS 23-47 / SFS 24-08);
  • Conductor Cristian Măcelaru leads the symphony in Dmitri Shostakovich’s adventurous First Symphony and Wynton Marsalis’ celebration of Black history and folklore, Blues Symphony. San Francisco Symphony English horn player Russ de Luna stars in Outi Tarkiainen’s Milky Ways (WOS 23-50 / SFS 24-11)


Stay tuned for more information on the Los Angeles Philharmonic, coming up in Summer 2024 as a part of the WFMT Orchestra Series!

The WFMT Orchestra Series is a year-round series that combines the LA Phil, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and more. Each episode is intended to be broadcast the week it releases, but some exceptions can be made for stations that wish to air an orchestra later in the year. Contact us for details.




Category: Orchestras
Duration: 2-hour / 1:58:30
Frequency: 52-part
Availability: 07/04/2023 - 07/03/2024

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