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San Francisco Symphony

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Address: 201 Van Ness Avenues, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415-864-6000
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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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Superlatives Fail; Stupendous Symphony

Emanuel Ax dazzled the audience with virtuosity on the Beethoven Piano Concerto #5 conducted by Krzysztof Urbansky. Dvorak Symphony #9 From the New World finished the night's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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223 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Emanuel Ax dazzled the audience with virtuosity on the Beethoven Piano Concerto #5 conducted by Krzysztof Urbansky. Dvorak Symphony #9 From the New World finished the night's performance with finesse and elegance. This was my first visit and delighted in obtaining a last day ticket in the last row of the first tier; acoustics were fine & visual perspective impressive... More 

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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

As a world-renown orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony is a must-see / hear. One can experience favorite classics, a new masterpiece . . . or even a special event (i.e., Charlie Brown's holiday performance) -- and if nothing else, stop by the gift shop for a great souvenir. The service staff will take care of your detailed food and beverage... More 

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Soquel
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67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

We saw the Charlie Brown Christmas which has a few different parts: first part includes Christmas carols played by the symphony, sung Christmas Carols sung by the San Francisco Chorus and guest artist Jodi Benson. The second half is the recreation of the Charlie Brown Christmas television series and a sing along. The Charlie Brown dancers were excellent as was... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

On my wedding night, instead of running off to our honeymoon, we chose something different - we went to the Symphony. The San Francisco Symphony was absolutely incredible! We chose seats that are usually occupied by a choir, which are behind the orchestra if the general public in the auditorium seats were watching the show. We sat behind the percussionist,... More 

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Lawton, Oklahoma
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

MTT and the San Francisco Symphony are terrific! We were lucky enough that our trip to San Francisco coincided with the SFS performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony!

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Thank Kaci S
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Just a great experience even if you're like me and don't have much knowledge of classical music. The audience really gets into it.

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Thank Steven C
Brentwood, California, United States
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

What an amazing and unforgettable performance. So powerful. This was my first time at the symphony, I will definitely be going back.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Great performance of Fidelio. Michael Tilson Thomas was an awesome conductor and Nina Stemme and Brandon Jovanovich were outstanding. There were lots of chances to get really cheap tickets close to the actual event. Music - fantastic!

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Thank Mudge2011
Novato, Ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Beautiful building, wonderful acoustics, exciting programs. MTT is a City (if not a national) Treasure. If you are visiting, it's worth a ticket. If you live here, shame on you for not going as often as you can. SUPPORT THE ARTS!

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Thank Mosinay
Las Vegas, Nevada
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The Symphony at it's best. I would recommend the San Francisco Symphony to any serious classical music fan.

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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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