San Francisco…
An amazing performance!

*** Watch a video of the rehearsal process by Roddy Blelloch
REAL Audio ***
Listen to the performance, thanks to Minnesota Public Radio!!

photo courtesy of Yamaha

On June 11, 2000, The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, as part of the American Mavericks series, presented an all-Antheil concert, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, and co-produced by Other Minds.

The nearly-sold-out house responded to Michael Tilson Thomas's blistering reading of the Ballet Mécanique with a standing ovation lasting for five curtain calls.

The San Francisco Chronicle called it "a huge, glorious din." The San Jose Mercury News called it "a heroic, virtuosic account." And the Examiner said that Antheil "crash-landed on the stage with a deafening roar that rings in the ear still."

And the San Francisco Classical Voice called it "electrifying...a dynamic range that started at fortissimo and just got louder."

Thanks to all the fantastic musicians, the terrific tech crew, the generous and supportive administration and staff of the SFSO, and to Tim Tully, who did all the computer and MIDI work to make the performance possible.

Take a look at our San Francisco scrapbook!

Listen to a fascinating panel discussion on Antheil, presented by Other Minds: REAL Audio
Sirens, Doorbells, Propellers: Antheil and the Birth of American Music Modernism

with Charles Amirkhanian, Benjamin Lees, Paul Lehrman and David Raksin
at the San Francisco Public Library, June 10, 2000. (1 hour, 15 minutes)

Read the full-text reviews…

SF Chronicle
SF Classical Voice

Added Attraction!
A very long (and not particularly nice) article by Richard Taruskin in

Sunday, July 23, 2000.

Other events that week included:

Switched-on Symphony? Technology and the Orchestra — a symposium at CNMAT at UC Berkeley, with Paul Lehrman, Edmund Campion, David Wessel, and Susan Key

The San Francisco Public Library featured an Antheil Centennial exhibit in the Steve Silver Room on the 4th floor.

• and a CD release party at the very cool Doc's Clock, on Mission Street at 22nd.

And then, back to Massachusetts…and Boston Symphony Hall

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