SF Symphony Celebrates Birthday With Free Show

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    American conductor Michael Tilson Thomas rehearses with the Russian National Orchestra in a large concert hall of conservatoire before a performance. He will be part of a free show Wednesday.

    The San Francisco Symphony is celebrating its 100th birthday this week with a star-studded gala performance and a free outdoor concert for the public.

    The symphony kicks off its centennial season Wednesday with a gala performance, featuring pianist Lang Lang and violinist Itzhak Perlman and conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.

    The celebration continues Thursday with a free outdoor concert open to the public at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza, organizers said.

    The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and the concert starts at noon. The afternoon event will feature musical surprises, treats, and activities, according to organizers.

    Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch or buy food from Off the Grid food trucks, which will be at the plaza.

    The concert will feature pianist Lang Lang and will be conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.