Exotic Birds: Debussy, Messiaen & Saariaho

Presented by San Francisco Symphony

The magic of the natural world is at the heart of this program featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen and the SF Symphony. Bookended by Claude Debussy’s voluptuous Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun) and evocative La Mer, the program is anchored by two works inspired by the majesty of birds. Jeremy Denk takes on Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques (Exotic Birds), which incorporates the songs of 47 species of birds, while SF Symphony Collaborative Partner and flutist Claire Chase performs Kaija Saariaho’s Aile du songe (Winged Dream).

City: San Francisco

Program Items

Claude Debussy Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun)
Oliver Messiaen Oiseaux exotiques
Kaija Saariaho Aile du songe [San Francisco Symphony Premiere]
Claude Debussy La Mer


Esa-Pekka Salonen Conductor
Claire Chase Flute
Jeremy Denk Piano
San Francisco Symphony

Davies Symphony Hall

Davies Symphony Hall

201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States