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Today, San Francisco plays in solidarity with Minnesota



Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony Hold Benefit Concert for Locked Out

 Minnesota Musicians


Special Guest Ray Hair, President of the American Federation of Musicians, to give Solidarity Address


WHAT: Media Invited Dress Rehearsal and Public Benefit Concert: Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony Present Solidarity Concert to Benefit Locked-Out Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Steve Paulson, Principal Bassoon, conducts.


WHEN: 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Invited Dress Rehearsal)

7:00 PM  (Concert)

TODAY, Monday, April 29, 2013


WHERE: St. Ignatius Church

650 Parker Avenue (at Fulton)

San Francisco, CA 94118


WHO: Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony with special guest musicians from the locked out Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.




COPLAND: Fanfare for the Common Man

BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

HOLST: St. Paul’s Suite

TCHAIKOVSKY: Fifth Symphony


The proceeds of the concert will benefit the musicians from both Twin Cities Orchestras.

Tickets available from Brown Paper Tickets: (




Adults – $25

Seniors/Students – $15

Children 10 & under – free



$100 (includes Premium Seating and Program Recognition)



Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony

The Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony are recognized around the world as among the most talented in our profession.  We have dazzled audiences worldwide with our trailblazing performances and Grammy Award winning recordings of new and classic works. We are committed to preserving the SFS’ strong tradition of excellence and deepening the role of classical music in our community. In April 2012, renowned New Yorker music critic Alex Ross had this to say about the SFS’ critically acclaimed American Maverick’s tour:  “Tilson Thomas and the San Franciscans were at their best in honoring the monuments of the maverick tradition…the authority of the playing was staggering.”


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  1. I hope this important act of solidarity will eventually be extended not only to locked out top orchestras, but to all orchestras in the USA that have faced similar problems. Similar support should be shown to the regional orchestras where the players salaries only average about 13k per year, and where job security is far worse, even though they serve the large majority of the Ameican people. It is far past time for top orchestras to take a broader, better informed, and more engaged view of the problems with arts funding in America, which go well beyond union/management conflicts.

  2. i like this. After all, if believe that it’s about the music, then this is the best way to demonstrate it. And thanks to the dissolution of so many regional orchestras, there are a lot of colleagues spread out across this landscape that know and have played with each other.
    It’s about the music and it will not be silenced.

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