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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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Spectacular Evening at the SFS

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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Palmer
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111 reviews 111 reviews
19 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

What a deal, $40 a piece for the best seats....informal, great music, and watching he creative process unfold i magic. Herbert Blomstedt conducted Sibelius that brought joy to our hearts and tears to our eyes,and that was topped off with Mozart, Peter Serkin on the piano.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

One of the best symphony's in America, if not the world. We are so fortunate here in San Francisco, to have such a world class symphony at our feet. Michael Tiltin Thomas, our conductor is a fabulous director and conductor. DO NOT miss an opportunity to hear them.

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Santa Cruz, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Visiting the symphony and seeing a play in SF should be on everyone's list. The venues are fantastic and the experience is memorable.

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E.Bay - Alameda
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

What a disappointment... For years they have entertained a party concept. With great music, party decorations, and free flowing champagne at the intermission. At the end there was always again, champagne,snacks for an hour, and balloons. Not so this year. The program started at 8:00 instead of 9:00PM and we were out of there by 10:00PM, with no other place... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

a beautiful experience. The acoustics are very good, not the best in the world, but very good. I prefer the seats where you can see more of the orchestra. If you sit to close to the stage, the sound feels a bit distorted. The venue is lovely. If you can, go early and get a drink in the grand foyer... More 

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San Jose, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The room is fantastic. The symphony is spectacular. They always pick great selections and guest. I love this place.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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85 reviews 85 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

but i DID see a rickie lee jones concert here...great experience, talking about the venue, itself...not a bad seat in the house... great acoustics. clean bathrooms. just not enough graffiti... ; - )

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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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