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Address: 201 Van Ness Avenues, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415-864-6000
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Sat 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Description: 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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Fidelio

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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Novato, Ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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Las Vegas, Nevada
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I'm not a big symphony can but have been here a few times. Always a pleasant experience and plenty of ushers to show you around.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

What more do you need to say? Its the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas. We were in SF for just a few days and we weren't able to see an evening concert, but we got tickets online before we came for a morning rehearsal. First, there's a lecture about the pieces in the concert at 9:00 am &... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I was here in September for a birthday concert and it was a delightful evening. The building was beautiful and very grand. It was easy to get to by taxi and is very central. The acoustics were pretty good. The is also a nice bar for interval drinks

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I was taken by friends to a recent concert at the Symphony. It was a wonderful program combining Bernstein's symphony #2 with Mahler's symphony #4. The pianist for the Bernstein was Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the soprano was Susan Phillips for the Mahler, both were excellent. The conductor was Michael Tilson Thomas who is always very good. The hall itself is... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

My partner and I recently spent an incredible evening enjoying the sounds of Haydn & Handel conducted by Ton Koopman at Davies Symphony Hall. What a spectacular interpretation. The highlights of the evening included Nadya Tichman on violin and SFS principal trumpet Mark Inouye among a highly skilled and talented group of musicians. The pre-show event, "Inside Music", is free... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The London Symphony delivered a passionate and brilliant evening of Britten and Shostakovich; even Seblius' lengthy 2nd Symphony was enlightened. My (local) friend with ears says the SFS doesn't hold a candle, but I can't speak to that. The concert hall is strange with very high, flat ceiling with lots of baffles to compensate; the venue makes it difficult to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We only had one night in transit on a ship & chose the SFO Symphony as our escape from the ship for the night. Superb playing. Certainly a night to remember. Their home is an appealing venue & has excellent viewing angles. The programme was Bach & Mozart & was most satisfying. We took a tram from the pier to... More 

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Additional Information about San Francisco Symphony

Address: Address: 201 Van Ness Avenues, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415-864-6000
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Civic Center
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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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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