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San Francisco Symphony

201 Van Ness Avenues, San Francisco, CA (Civic Center)
415-864-6000
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Ranked #18 of 375 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Symphonies
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: Presents and performs over 220 concerts annually, from September through July. In 2011-12 celebrates its 100th centennial season- learn more at our... more » Owner description: Presents and performs over 220 concerts annually, from September through July. In 2011-12 celebrates its 100th centennial season- learn more at our website. « less
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Fishers, Indiana
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92 reviews 92 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Was so fortunate to attend a holiday concert outdoors at Stern Grove. The conductor and emcee were engaging, friendly and fun. The music was beyond terrific! enjoyable--the right mix of fun while showcasing the musician's talent. A+

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Napa, California
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Love Davies and the SF Symphony...music from the movies....yum! Must hear the SSF....they are wonderful and the hall is a lovely venue....and no worries about late night transport...UBER is the best.

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San Francisco, CA
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Wonderful symphony in the city. Brought the kids to the family symphony and they loved it. Very family friendly on the family days, educational and highly recommended.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Went to the first concert of the SFS summer series. Featured was Pink Martini with special guests the Von Trapps. Pink Martini is a wonderful group but with the Von Trapps the song list performed by PM was shortened. With the full symphony in support, it seemed that the performance was governed by time constraints. My wife and I had... More

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Cincinnati, OH
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Bought tickets last minute high up in the balcony. Attend symphonies regularly and try to see orchestras when visiting other cities. Great site line from the balcony although they are distant. Acoustics were good to very good, but the dynamics were not lacking at this distance. Even the violin solo projected throughout the hall. Nice views of the civic center... More

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Not just classics--a wide variety of music. There are few bad seats. For a special treat get a side box and drink as you listen. michael Tilson Thomas is hard to see but visiting conductors are great. Parking expensive and often sold out so go early. Many great restaurants nearby of all price ranges, Jardiniere, Dobbs Ferry, Absinthe are favorites.

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Sunnyvale, California
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21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We regularly visit the SF Symphony at Davies Hall for very enjoyable concerts. Visitors will love the delightful ambiance of the venue as well as the performers. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts with verve and professionalism, as well as various guest conductors from throughout the world. Although pricey, a bargain is the non-reserved terrace in back of the orchestra. Check on-line... More

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Lafayette, California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Its a wonderful orchestra and the acoustics are great. There is food nearby. Convenient location to BART. Time to take the kiddies (check out their family events).

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San Francisco, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

San Francisco Symphony can really be entertaining, the concerts can really be intense, it all depends on the composer. If one or two pieces do not do it for you, the third piece will usually do the trick. Besides San Francisco Symphony, the Hall also hosts other orchestras from around the world, as well as performers such as the Lincoln... More

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Avery, NC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Michael Tilson Thomas did a wonderful job conducting matching Romantic miniatures with the seductive Impressionist stylings of Claude Debussy. And as a special treat, sensational pianist Yuja Wang joined the Orchestra in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1.

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