The San Francisco Symphony (SFS), founded in 1911, is an orchestra based in San Francisco, California. Since 1980, the orchestra has performed at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in the City's Hayes Valley neighborhood. The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (founded in 1981) and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus (1972) are part of the organization. Its current music director is Michael Tilson Thomas, who has held the position since September 1995.

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  • Program Note Podcast: Bernstein’s West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story received its first Broadway performances in 1957. The musical tells the story of an impossible romance between two star-crossed lovers, Tony and Maria, the Romeo and Juliet of 1950s New York City. Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Watch-Listen-Learn/Podcasts-and-Music Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebo...
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  • Celebrating Bernstein with MTT
    Experience the exuberance, joy, and brilliance of one of the 20th century's greatest composers, Leonard Bernstein. Hear his Chichester Psalms, combining Broadway-inspired melodies with sacred texts for chorus and orchestra. Then, the Orchestra performs the vibrant Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Listen for syncopated Latin rhythms that set the scene for an impossible romance between two sta...
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  • San Francisco Symphony Oktoberfest Celebration
    Raise a stein at the San Francisco Symphony’s inaugural Oktoberfest celebration Tuesday October 3, 2017. Grab your friends and take in a one-of-a-kind performance as Christian Reif leads the San Francisco Symphony in a program featuring Bavarian waltzes and polkas, rollicking opera choruses, sing-alongs, and other traditional folk favorites with a classical twist. For tickets and more information,...
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  • San Francisco Symphony Celebrates Bernstein
    Join us in celebrating the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein and experience the vibrant joy of his music as the San Francisco Symphony pays tribute to one of the greatest composers, conductors, and educators of the 20th century. For more information go to sfsymphony.org/bernstein Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: h...
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  • Music Education in Schools
    By supporting this crowdfunding campaign, you ensure the continuation of San Francisco Symphony’s goal to offer music education to each and every student citywide . Thank you for your dedication to keeping music in schools, and for helping give children the opportunity to learn, experience, and play music. You can make a donation by going to: https://mea.sfsymphony.org/musiceducation Stay connec...
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  • Yo-Yo Ma Talks About Opening Night Gala 2017
    Sensational guest artists, glamorous fashion, and unparalleled music are just part of what makes the Opening Night Gala an unforgettable experience. This year, Michael Tilson Thomas and superstar Yo-Yo Ma combine artistic forces, performing two beloved works for cello and orchestra. Ma’s talent and masterful technique are unleashed to bring these show-stopping works to life. Elevated dinner packag...
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  • Berg's Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6 (1929 revision)
    Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present their first-ever digital-only release with Berg's fantastical Three Pieces for Orchestra. This release launches the Symphony’s new digital-only series by its eight-time Grammy Award winning in-house record label, SFS Media. Presented in studio master-quality for download and streaming, experience one of the finest examples of Berg’s bril...
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  • Berg's Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6 (1929 revision)
    Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present their first-ever digital-only release with Berg's fantastical Three Pieces for Orchestra. This release launches the Symphony’s new digital-only series by its eight-time Grammy Award winning in-house record label, SFS Media. Presented in studio master-quality for download and streaming, experience one of the finest examples of Berg’s bril...
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  • Luca, Nicholas and Sasha discuss Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet
    Berlioz’s interpretation of the world’s greatest romance brings the star-crossed lovers into the very fabric of the orchestra, with the warring families represented by the Grammy Award-winning SF Symphony Chorus. Internationally acclaimed opera singers Luca Pisaroni, Nicholas Phan, and Sasha Cooke complete the cast to bring Shakespeare’s tragedy to life like you’ve never experienced it before, all...
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  • Happy 15th Anniversary to SFS Media
    The San Francisco Symphony has a long and distinguished history of using new technology to reach audiences and bring classical music to millions around the world. In 1926, it became the first orchestra in the United States to perform on regular radio broadcasts. In 2001, the Symphony again led the way when it became the first American orchestra to create its own audio/video label, SFS Media, which...
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  • Celebrating Pride
    On April 4, Michael Tilson Thomas told our Symphony Pride audience "right here, right now, amongst ourselves, we're going to celebrate our commitment and our solidarity to the truths that WE hold to be self evident." Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: http://instagram.com/sfsymphony Tumblr: http://sfsymphony.tumblr.com...
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  • Program Note Podcast: Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette
    Inspired by a stage performance of Romeo and Juliet starring the same Harriet Smithson who inspired his epic romantic tale Symphonie Fantastique, Hector Berlioz set out to compose a totally new kind of orchestra and chorus work: his Romeo et Juliette. In the forward to what he was careful not to call an opera but a “symphonie dramatique,” Berlioz tells of his decision to voice to the characters’...
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  • Program Note Podcast: Ives’ The Unanswered Question
    In The Unanswered Question, Charles Ives tries to find the meaning of life, in a work that was decades ahead of its time. Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Watch-Listen-Learn/Podcasts-and-Music Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: http://instagram.com/sfsymphony Tumblr: htt...
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  • San Francisco Symphony Free Concert at the Waterfront
    Join the San Francisco Symphony for the third annual free concert at Pier 27 on the Embarcadero, conducted by Edwin Outwater. July 23, 2017 at 12 p.m. Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: http://instagram.com/sfsymphony Tumblr: http://sfsymphony.tumblr.com/
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  • Susanna Mälkki rehearses The Right of Spring with the San Francisco Symphony
    Head into spring with a musical burst of color and excitement with Stravinsky’s revolutionary Le Sacre du printemps. Conductor Susanna Mälkki returns following rave reviews last season for bringing out “serenity and wit, lyricism and rawness, whispering delicacy and harrowing abandon” (San Francisco Classical Voice) in the orchestra, along with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, longtime SF Symphony favorit...
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  • Program Note Podcast: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring
    Listen to a podcast of audio program notes about the Rite of Spring, specially prepared for the San Francisco Symphony’s Stravinsky Festival in June 2013. Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Watch-Listen-Learn/Podcasts-and-Music Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: http://ins...
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  • Program Note Podcast - Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
    Barking dogs, wind and rain, buzzing bees and slippery ice; they're all part of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," a work that - believe it or not - was almost unknown for 200 years. Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Watch-Listen-Learn/Podcasts-and-Music Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony In...
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  • Conductor Manfred Honeck on Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, May 25–27
    Experience a powerful program of music that grapples with questions of life, death, and fate. Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti is brought to life by baritone Matthias Goerne, praised for a voice that is dark and rich, filled with “red-hot dramatic intensity.” (Bachtrack) Then, Tchaikovsky’s soaring Fifth Symphony fills the hall with its massive orchestral texture and unfor...
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  • Program Note Podcast: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5
    Perpetually self-conscious, Tchaikovsky worried in spring 1888 that his imagination had dried up, and that he had nothing left to express through music. Vacationing at his home in Frolovskoe provided all the inspiration he needed, and by August, his Symphony No. 5 was complete. Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Watch-Listen-Learn/Podcasts-and-Music ...
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  • Michael Tilson Thomas on "Music for a Modern Age"
    Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony perform a thrilling musical program framed by dynamic dancers and illuminating imagery in a one of a kind multi-sensory experience. Featuring the movers and shakers of the American contemporary classical music scene, this concert event is a must see spectacle. June 23-15, 2017. Tickets available at: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2016-201...
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  • Program Note Podcast: Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3
    Scotland - the country that gave us haggis, bagpipes, golf and Sean Connery among other world treasures - was also the inspiration for two of Mendelssohn's best-known works: his "Hebrides" Overture and "Scottish" Symphony. There are no actual Scottish tunes in the Symphony; in fact, Mendelssohn professed to dislike all Scottish music, especially the bagpipes. But it's hard to imagine the source of...
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  • Happy Mother's Day from the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra
    The Youth Orchestra Series offers a chance to enjoy the latest generation of young musicians in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, an ensemble that has earned international recognition. Their final concert of the season features music from Brahms, Hindemith, Steve Reich and Nebojša Jovan Živković. Tickets available at http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2016-2017/Youth-Orchestra-May-14....
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  • Emanuel Ax plays Mozart
    Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Emanuel Ax, whose playing is “always thoughtful, lyrical, [and] lustrous” (The Washington Post) performs Mozart’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 22. His devoted fans, known as "Manny Ax's Maniax," will be sure to come out in force for this performance. Tickets available at http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2016-2017/Emanuel-Ax-plays-Mozart.aspx Stay connected with...
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  • Program Note Podcast: Debussy's La Mer
    During childhood summers spent at the beaches at Cannes, Debussy learned to love the unpredictable and ever-changing sea. The most traditionally ‘symphonic’ of Debussy’s orchestral works, La mer is comprised of three sketches: From Dawn to Noon on the Sea, Play of the Waves, and Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea. Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Wat...
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  • Program Note Podcast: Berlioz's Requiem
    The power of Hector Berlioz's "Requiem" comes not from his faith, but from his loss of it. His understanding of the human desire to believe brings the drama of the Mass for the Dead to life. Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Watch-Listen-Learn/Podcasts-and-Music Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter....
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  • Meet the SFS Musicians: Violinist Raushan Akhmedyarova
    Raushan Akhmedyarova’s upbringing in the folk music tradition of her native Kazakhstan has profoundly shaped her musical outlook. Learn more about Raushan at http://www.sfsymphony.org/RaushanAkhmedyarova Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: http://instagram.com/sfsymphony Tumblr: http://sfsymphony.tumblr.com/
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  • Charles Dutoit conducts Berlioz's Requiem
    Witness over 300 musicians performing one of the most extraordinary works ever written. Don’t miss the theatrical flair, fervent passion, and staggering power of Berlioz’s epic Requiem, led by preeminent conductor Charles Dutoit with the SF Symphony and Chorus. Tickets available at http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2016-2017/Berlioz-Requiem.aspx
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  • Music for a Modern Age Trailer
    MTT and the SF Symphony present Music for a Modern Age, June 23-25 For more information and tickets: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2016-2017/Music-for-a-Modern-Age.aspx

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