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San Francisco Symphony

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Address: 201 Van Ness Avenues, San Francisco, CA
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Presents and performs over 220 concerts annually, from September through...

Presents and performs over 220 concerts annually, from September through July. In 2011-12 celebrates its 100th centennial season- learn more at our website.

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An amazing place to visit... i went there to enjoy Scheherazade 2 by John Adams with the soloist Leila Josefowicz... it was great!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Sao Paulo, SP
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An amazing place to visit... i went there to enjoy Scheherazade 2 by John Adams with the soloist Leila Josefowicz... it was great!

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Thank Odair M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Davies Symphony Hall is a *lot* more intimate than I would have imagined. We had seats in the "rear box" section-- which is at the back of the auditorium, but amazingly close to the stage. "Box seats" (chairs) are more comfortable than the fixed seats in the main section, plus there was a *huge* amount of legroom. We chose our... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The San Francisco Symphony is one of the finest in the world with top notch musicians. Conductor and Musical Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra with brilliant interpretations and is constantly coming up with innovative programs. The venue is excellent with many wonderful places to dine and drink in the neighborhood.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

This orchestra totally rocks and they play so nice and this is a guaranteed panty dropper if you on a date.

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Thank Alzor S
Brooklyn, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

The San Francisco Symphony is a world class ensemble. This past weekend I heard them perform the soundtrack to On The Waterfront with a screening of the film. It was a riveting and powerful experience. The hall has fantastic, clear sound, which is impressive given the soundtrack of the old movie. Next time I want to hear them perform without... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Pink Martini played with the San Francisco Symphony and together they were powerful and put on a rewarding show. The venue is nice and parking is convenient.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Think of the world's great concert halls. The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The Opera Bastille in Paris. Lincoln Center in New York City. San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall doesn't yet have the history of those storied venues, but it's history is growing. Young artists like Yuja Wang, attracted by the programming of Michael Tilson Thomas, perform here as often as... More 

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Sausalito
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We are Hitchcock fans so this was a must see! Symphony played the background music to Alfred Hitchcock's movie Vertigo. To top it off, Kim Novak who starred with Jimmy Stewart chatted with the audience prior to the screening. Kim Novak is an artist and work was displayed in the lobby. The SF Symphony is a San Francisco treasure!!!

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

I don't need to say more. You either got it, or you won't. The full program was: Haydn Symphony No. 69, Laudon; Sibelius Symphony No. 3; Beethoven Symphony No. 5. And there was a free, open-seating talk that starts one hour before the performance. The hall is beautiful both visually and acoustically. The pre-concert talk was illuminating. The concert was... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Would definitely recommend going to SF Symphony if you have time. The programs are always full with interesting shows and themes and the composers are amazing. The hall itself is gorgeous as well and it is possible to find decently priced seats.

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Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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