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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  • Michael Tilson Thomas leads an internationally renowned cast in Mussorgsky's opera. Inspired by Pushkin's Shakespearean tragedy, the work follows the rise and fall of the 16th-century Tsar Boris Godunov in a story underpinned by ambition, power, and betrayal. Don't miss this semi-staged event with original video projections, costumes, scenery, and lighting design that combine to bring Mussorgsky's...

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  • At just 25, brilliant phenom Alexander Prior leads the SF Symphony through the dazzling opulence, color, and excitement of Romantic Age masterworks. Witness the balletic lyricism and breathtaking virtuosity of Tchaikovsky’s legendary Violin Concerto, performed by renowned young violinist William Hagen. Then, be swept away by the lush beauty and turbulent drama of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. Vi...

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  • The many aspects of Boris Godunov: A Semi-Staged Event continue to come together this week! Hear from Emily MacDonald about the creative process behind her and Cameron Mock’s costume and stage designs. Michael Tilson Thomas leads an internationally renowned cast in Mussorgsky's opera. Inspired by Pushkin's Shakespearean tragedy, the work follows the rise and fall of the 16th-century Tsar Boris Go...

San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Symphony
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  • Michael Tilson Thomas leads an internationally renowned cast in Mussorgsky's opera. Inspired by Pushkin's Shakespearean tragedy, the work follows the rise and fall of the 16th-century Tsar Boris Godunov in a story underpinned by ambition, power, and betrayal. Don't miss this semi-staged event with original video projections, costumes, scenery, and lighting design that combine to bring Mussorgsky's...

San Francisco Symphony
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  • Michael Tilson Thomas leads an internationally renowned cast in Mussorgsky's opera. Inspired by Pushkin's Shakespearean tragedy, the work follows the rise and fall of the 16th-century Tsar Boris Godunov in a story underpinned by ambition, power, and betrayal. Don't miss this semi-staged event with original video projections, costumes, scenery, and lighting design that combine to bring Mussorgsky's...

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  • Experience Mälkki’s "charismatic and dynamic podium presence" (Chicago Classical Review) and "the glowing tone" (The New York Times) of Nikolaj Znaider in a concert also featuring Scriabin's wonderfully mystical The Poem of Ecstasy. Concerts June 7-9, 2018 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/Susanna-Malkki-and-Nikolaj-Znaider.aspx

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  • The SF Symphony heats things up with a summer season that has something for audience members of all ages! Experience your favorite movies in a whole new way as our Film with Live Orchestra series presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid and the classic Star Wars trilogy. Get swept away by the romantic splendor of Tchaikovsky. Feel the rush of Gershwin’s show-stopping Jazz Age greats. And embrace the ...

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  • The SF Symphony heats things up with a summer season that has something for audience members of all ages! Experience your favorite movies in a whole new way as our Film with Live Orchestra series presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid and the classic Star Wars trilogy. Get swept away by the romantic splendor of Tchaikovsky. Feel the rush of Gershwin’s show-stopping Jazz Age greats. And embrace the ...

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  • Scriabin's "Poem of Ecstasy" was the perfect "cosmic trip" for the Summer of Love - even though it was written 60 years earlier. Concerts June 7-9 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/Susanna-Malkki-and-Nikolaj-Znaider.aspx Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Watch-Listen-Learn/Podcasts-and-Music Sta...

San Francisco Symphony
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  • Michael Tilson Thomas leads an internationally renowned cast in Mussorgsky's opera. Inspired by Pushkin's Shakespearean tragedy, the work follows the rise and fall of the 16th-century Tsar Boris Godunov in a story underpinned by ambition, power, and betrayal. Don't miss this semi-staged event with original video projections, costumes, scenery, and lighting design that combine to bring Mussorgsky's...

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  • Playing the orchestra’s smallest instrument can be a thrilling high-wire act but SFS Piccolo Catherine Payne relishes the challenge. Learn more about Cathy and how the smallest instrument in the orchestra can have an incredible impact at sfsymphony.org/catherinepayne Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: http://instagram...

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  • Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 bridged the divide between East and West in Russian music; that may have been the reason it was the only one of his works that he was really satisfied with. Concerts May 31-June 2, 2018 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/Bychkov-Conducts-Tchaikovsky.aspx Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: https:...

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  • In 1854, Robert Schumann, friend and mentor to a young Johannes Brahms, attempted suicide by drowning in the Rhine River. Thrown into emotional turmoil by Schumann’s resulting institutionalization and his unrequited love for Robert’s wife Clara, young Brahms began sketching his first major orchestral work. Brahms reflects his struggle with a tormented opening, a slow movement which he described ...

San Francisco Symphony
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  • Michael Tilson Thomas leads an internationally renowned cast in Mussorgsky's opera. Inspired by Pushkin's Shakespearean tragedy, the work follows the rise and fall of the 16th-century Tsar Boris Godunov in a story underpinned by ambition, power, and betrayal. Don't miss this semi-staged event with original video projections, costumes, scenery, and lighting design that combine to bring Mussorgsky's...

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  • Improvised at the piano after a strenuous day of teaching, Enigma Variations established Elgar as the pre-eminent British composer of his time. Shrouded in mystery is the “enigma” intended by Elgar, a secret he took with him to the grave. Variation IX, “Nimrod (Adagio),” has become a cherished piece in the popular classical lexicon. Concerts May 17th, 19th, 20th 2018 at Davies Symphony Hall. Hoste...

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  • A fascination with the music of Italy’s distant past led Ottorino Respighi to compose what is known as his Romany Triptych of tone poems— Pines of Rome, Fountains of Rome, and Roman Festivals. The Pines of Rome depicts the trees around Rome, which according to Respighi, “dominate the Roman landscape [and] become witnesses to the principal events in Roman life.” Concerts May 10-12. For tickets go ...

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  • Ray Chen prepares for his concerts May 3-5, 2018 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/Brahms-Violin-Concerto-with-Ray-Chen Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: http://instagram.com/sfsymphony Tumblr: http://sfsymphony.tumblr.com/

San Francisco Symphony
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  • Ray Chen prepares for his concerts May 3-5, 2018 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/Brahms-Violin-Concerto-with-Ray-Chen Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: http://instagram.com/sfsymphony Tumblr: http://sfsymphony.tumblr.com/

San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Symphony
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  • Ray Chen prepares for his concerts May 3-5, 2018 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/Brahms-Violin-Concerto-with-Ray-Chen 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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  • SFS volunteers prepare students as well as fundraise for Concert for Kids tickets and transportation for SF Bay Area children to attend concerts. Learn more: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Support-Volunteer/Ways-to-Volunteer Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: http://instagram.com/sfsymphony Tumblr: http://sfsymphony.tumbl...

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  • Recognized as one of the finest youth orchestras in the world, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) celebrates its 35th anniversary in the 2017–18 season. Part of the San Francisco Symphony’s ongoing commitment to nurture young musicians, the SFSYO program provides pre-professional orchestral training to talented young instrumentalists from the Greater Bay Area. Learn more at http:/...

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  • Sergei Prokofiev's opera "The Fiery Angel" - a medieval tale of demonic possession and its erotic overtones - was never produced during his lifetime. But he felt it contained some of the best music he had written, so he brought it to life in the concert hall as his dark, dynamic and dangerous Symphony No.3. How he got it past the Soviet censors is a mystery; you may find yourself looking over your...

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  • Daniel Harding makes his San Francisco Symphony conducting debut April 12–14 at Davies Symphony Hall, leading the Orchestra in R. Strauss' tone poem Ein Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony)—the composer's musical depiction of a day spent climbing in the Alps. Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: http://instagram.com/sfsym...

San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Symphony
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  • Sergei Prokofiev's opera "The Fiery Angel" - a medieval tale of demonic possession and its erotic overtones - was never produced during his lifetime. But he felt it contained some of the best music he had written, so he brought it to life in the concert hall as his dark, dynamic and dangerous Symphony No.3. How he got it past the Soviet censors is a mystery; you may find yourself looking over your...

San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Symphony
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  • Daniel Harding makes his San Francisco Symphony conducting debut April 12–14 at Davies Symphony Hall, leading the Orchestra in R. Strauss' tone poem Ein Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony)—the composer's musical depiction of a day spent climbing in the Alps. Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: http://instagram.com/sfsym...

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  • Gustav Holst's suite "The Planets" was inspired by his interest in astrology; the stars must have been aligned because it has been a hit ever since its first performance. Concerts April 26-28 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/Cosmic-Wonders-Holst-The-Planets.aspx Podcast hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: https://www.sfsym...

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