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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  • Mahler's sunny Symphony No. 4 ends with a song - a child's description of heaven. But it is also full of reminders of the vastness of his musical universe. Concerts November 24-26, 2017 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/MTT-Conducts-Mahler-Fourth.aspx Podcast hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Wa...

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  • This week the San Francisco Symphony will be performing Ives’ Symphony No. 4, a work of rhythmic complexity considered to be one of his greatest masterpieces. Concerts November 16-18, 2017 at Davies Symphony Hall. Tickets available at http://www.sfsymphony.org/ Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twitter: http://twitter.com/sfsymphony Instagram: http://instagram.com/s...

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  • Charles Ives' Symphony No. 4 is the classic mash-up of 19th century Americana: hymns, anthems, marches and dance tunes all woven together in a collage that is by turns messy, complicated, sentimental and chaotic, but ultimately transcendent - kind of like life itself. Concerts November 16-18, 2017 at Davies Symphony Hall (tickets at sfsymphony.org). Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts g...

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  • In 1911, Gustav Mahler, then-music director of the New York Philharmonic, happened to pick up a manuscript of Ives’ Third Symphony while in a New York copy shop. He was intrigued, but unfortunately died shortly thereafter and never conducted the piece. Mahler and Ives might seem an odd couple. But what Mahler saw in Ives was “a composer placing, as he did, the commonplace, the humble, the shopworn...

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  • Three composers offer their unique perspectives of the American experience through music in a kaleidoscopic showcase of the American sound. Dvořák’s The American Flag conjures vibrant impressions of an immigrant arriving in a new nation, while Ives’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Symphony No. 3 evokes a quaint, sensory world of rural American life. Finally, Gershwin’s celebratory An American in Paris depi...

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  • Charles Ives' music is the archetypal "mash-up" of classic Americana. His Symphony No. 3 was inspired by the gentler, more spiritual side of the religious revivals he attended with his family as a child. Concerts Nov. 10-12, 2017 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/American-Masters-Gershwin-and-More.aspx Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more p...

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  • In response to the devastating Northern California wildfires last month, the San Francisco Symphony is proud to present Symphony Relief: A Benefit Concert for the North Bay. This special event—featuring Michael Tilson Thomas and the SF Symphony and SF Symphony Chorus, along with a special lineup of guest stars—showcases a program of iconic works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Copland, and more. The SF...

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  • Leonard Bernstein based his Symphony No. 2 on W.H. Auden's Pulitzer Prize-winning poem "The Age of Anxiety." Auden didn't think much of the work, but for Bernstein, it was very personal. Concerts November 2, 3 and 5 2017 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/MTT-Conducts-Bernstein-and-R-Strauss.aspx Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcast...

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  • Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his first symphony while he was still a student, but it contains all of the elements of his mature work: the comedy and the tragedy. Hosted by KDFC's Rik Malone. Concerts October 26-28, 2017 at Davies Symhony Hall. For tickets go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/A-Finnish-Tableau.aspx Stay connected with us: Facebook: http://facebook.com/sfsymphony Twit...

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  • The Grammy Award-winning team of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony releases a premium edition two-disc recording of the complete symphonies of Robert Schumann, one of the most evocative composers of the Romantic era. Michael Tilson Thomas’ nuanced approach accentuates the tender, simple, and vulnerable side of Schumann’s symphonies, which MTT calls a “preserve for endangered emo...

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  • Witold Lutosławski was one of the great cultural figures of 20th century Poland, and his Concerto for Orchestra– based on a simple folk tune –was one of his first great successes; perhaps because his personal history mirrored that of his native land. Concerts October 19-21, 2017 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/Urbanski-Conducts-Dvorak-Cello...

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  • Join us as at Davies Symphony Hall for the 10th anniversary of our Day of the Dead celebration, featuring two vibrant, fun-filled events. Mexican cultural icon Eugenia León lends her exquisite vocals to the San Francisco Symphony for a family-friendly afternoon concert, conducted by Alondra de la Parra. At the evening performance, León performs an intimate set backed by her own band. Arrive early ...

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  • Leos Janáček based his rhapsody Taras Bulba on one of the most brutal and unpleasant fictional characters ever created. But as a political symbol, it inspired him to write some of his most powerful music. Concerts October 13-15, 2017 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/Pursuits-of-Passion Hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. For more podcasts go to: ht...

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  • Returning after a successful debut in the 2015-16 season, young conductor Krzysztof Urbański, hailed as “remarkable” and “gorgeously expressive” (San Francisco Chronicle), conducts Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto performed by Augustin Hadelich. The program continues with Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, which the composer completed just one year after Stalin’s death. This orchestral showpiece culminat...

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  • Shostakovich's 10th Symphony is a vivid depiction of a life of not-so-quiet desperation in the old Soviet Union. It is as powerful a portrait of terror as has ever been composed. 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/sfsympho...

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  • Berlioz's magnificent Symphonie fantastique paints a lively picture of the life of an artist who revels and despairs over an unrequited love. Carnival scenes, pastoral interludes, and ghastly dances with witches and sorcerers make this among the most vibrant orchestral music ever written. Concerts 9/28-10/1 at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets go to: http://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2017-18/M...

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  • A man spots a woman across the room at a party and falls instantly in love with her. In a fit of despair over his unrequited love, he poisons himself and fantastic dreams and visions result. This is the story, inspired by his own love for the actress Harriet Smithson, that Hector Berlioz portrays in his Symphonie fantastique, premiered in 1830. Using recurring musical motifs to represent charac...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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