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Great Performances: San Francisco Symphony At 100

Airs Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: San Francisco Symphony celebrates its centennial season.

Violinist Itzhak Perlman joins the San Francisco Symphony's celebration of its centennial season.
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Above: Violinist Itzhak Perlman joins the San Francisco Symphony's celebration of its centennial season.

Pianist Lang Lang joins the San Francisco Symphony's celebration of its centennial season.
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Above: Pianist Lang Lang joins the San Francisco Symphony's celebration of its centennial season.

The San Francisco Symphony is celebrating its centennial season. From the ashes of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 rose the passionate desire of a community to embrace music and build an orchestra to restore its spirit.

Thus the San Francisco Symphony was born a few years later, and it has spanned the past century to become a cultural gem in one of the most interesting and progressive cities in America and the world.

This centennial gala concert program, by acclaimed writer and San Francisco native Amy Tan, features San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas with guest artists Itzhak Perlman and Lang Lang performing works by Copland, Mendelssohn and Britten.

Concert footage is interwoven with short video stories highlighting unique moments in the symphony’s history, as well as interviews with the performers and luminaries in the audience.

Capping off the concert is an encore of Bay Area composer John Adams’ "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" featuring animated images of San Francisco projected throughout Davies Symphony Hall.

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Preview: Great Performances: San Francisco Symphony At 100

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Above: This centennial gala concert program, by acclaimed writer and San Francisco native Amy Tan, features San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas with guest artists Itzhak Perlman and Lang Lang performing works by Copland, Mendelssohn and Britten.

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