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Address: 201 Van Ness Avenues, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415-864-6000
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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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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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Lawton, Oklahoma
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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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San Francisco, California
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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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Brentwood, California, United States
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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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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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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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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 155 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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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 74 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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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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