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John Adams Conducts "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 _

About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas present more than 220 concerts each year from September through July in a variety of genres, with SFS musicians performing classical concerts, holiday favorites, summer pops events, free outdoor concerts, special series for families and children, plus presentations of visiting guest artists and orchestras from around the globe. The San Francisco Symphony also takes its unique style to audiences world-wide, touring nationally and internationally every year. The SFS is currently recording all the Mahler symphonies on its own media label and has recently launched Keeping Score, a national, multi-year, multi-media project bringing classical music to millions of Americans via TV, radio, the Internet and more.