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Music for a City, Music for the World: 100 Years with the San Francisco Symphony

Music for a City, Music for the World: 100 Years with the San Francisco Symphony

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The book the San Francisco Chronicle calls "superb" and the Wall Street Journal calls "engrossing."
"Music lovers, life-long fans of the SFS, and American history buffs will find Rothe's remarkable accomplishment irresistible."
-Philip Campbell, The Bay Area Reporter
When the San Francisco Symphony presented its first concert just five years after the 1906 earthquake, its founders intended it to revitalize Bay Area cultural life. Little did they know what they’d started. In Music for a City, Music for the World, Larry Rothe tells the story of the people behind the scenes in an orchestra’s century-long journey through hard times and good times. Published to celebrate the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th anniversary, this comprehensive history, filled with hundreds of archival photos and images, gives readers a glimpse into the inner workings of one of the world’s foremost orchestras, and in doing so it illuminates the cultural life of a city.
Music for a City, Music for the World is an outstanding tribute to the symphony's centennial, and an attractive invitation to its next 100 years.
“The symphony's history is San Francisco history, and Rothe, the symphony's publications editor and co-author of the 2006 essay collection For the Love of Music, combines a scholar's point of view with an aficionado's passion. He traces the orchestra's progress from its Barbary Coast beginnings into its cosmopolitan future, recounting it all -- struggles, triumphs and behind-the-scenes dramas -- with affection, humor and considerable insight.”
-Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News
272 pages
About the Author
Larry Rothe is coauthor of For the Love of Music published by Oxford University Press, and coeditor of American Mavericks: Musical Visionaries, Pioneers, Iconoclasts, published by the University of California Press. For many years he has been editor of the San Francisco Symphony's program book, and he has contributed articles to the program books of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, and to the SF Opera magazine. A native of Chicago, he lives in Berkeley.
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