Venue Details

5537 Star Starred
Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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Listen to a podcast about John Adams’ El Niño
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These performances are part of Project San Francisco, an innovative composer and artist residency program.

The Symphony launches the Holiday season with a bona fide modern classic, as the preeminent American composer John Adams conducts a new production of El Niño, his captivating retelling of the Christmas story. Special lighting and staging help set the mood and tell the tale. The all-star cast of singers includes Dawn Upshaw, one of El Niño’s original interpreters.

Soprano Dawn Upshaw will perform December 4; Jessica Rivera will perform December 3.

Inside Music, an informative talk with Susan Key, begins one hour prior to concerts. Free to all ticketholders.

Meet John Adams at a CD signing in the Symphony Store following the December 3 concert.

*Artists: *

John Adams – conductor

Jessica Rivera – soprano

Dawn Upshaw – soprano

Michelle DeYoung – mezzo-soprano

Daniel Bubeck – countertenor

Brian Cummings – countertenor

Steven Rickards – countertenor

Jonathan Lemalu – bass-baritone

San Francisco Symphony Chorus

San Francisco Girls Chorus; Susan McMane, Director

San Francisco Symphony

*Program: *

John Adams -_ El Niño _

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