The San Francisco Symphony – The 2017 Season



The San Francisco Symphony has been an important part of the city's cultural scene since its first concert in 1911 in the Cort Theater on Ellis Street. The symphony bounced from theater to theater — first the Curran, then the Tivoli, back to the Curran, back to the Tivoli…well you get the idea. Finally, in 1980, the $33-million Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall was built on Van Ness Avenue. Since then, the orchestra has called this beautiful hall home.

We think it's worth the price of admission just to see the magnificent auditorium. Its modern design is both elegant and utilitarian with a cloud of panels over the stage that allows the space to be altered to accommodate the size of the audience and of the orchestra. In addition to concerts, the San Francisco Symphony has an active Youth Orchestra and Symphony Chorus, and programs for amateur musicians.

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2017 at the Symphony

2017 at the Symphony

This year, as in other years, the SF Symphony performs some of the best pieces in the classical music repertoire. You can hear Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms and other well-loved composers.

In a pleasing symmetry, later on in the season, in June, the symphony performs another Romeo and Juliet, this time Berlioz's version. In between those performances we also recommend Stravinsky's magnificent The Rite of Spring (June) and Vivaldi's ever-popular The Four Seasons.

You can take in other types of shows as well. Burt Bacharach, Diana Krall, and Sara Hicks perform (Sara with the symphony orchestra), though not at the same time! You can also see Wayne Marshall, Bill Maher, and even Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Consult the season performance calendar below, and then select tickets for the concerts that interest you the most.

The 2017 Symphony Season

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Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas has been the musical director of the San Francisco Symphony since 1995 and during his tenure has created innovative, even leading-edge, programming year by year.

One example is that under his guidance the SF symphony collaborated with Metallica (yes, that Metallica) to produce a commercial success in 1999. The album they recorded together went on to sell 2½ million copies and earned platinum five times over. One song on the album, The Call of Ktulu, won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

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