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San Francisco Symphony

Address: 201 Van Ness Avenues, San Francisco, CA (Civic Center)
Phone Number: 415-864-6000
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Ranked #57 of 392 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Symphonies, Performances
Activities: Arts and crafts
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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.

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Evanston, Illinois
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53 reviews 53 reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I picked up a $20 rush ticket at the box office the day of the concert, and got a very good seat in this modern and comfortable hall. The SF Symphony's Saturday night program was particularly adventuresome and I enjoyed it greatly.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Read this with caution as I'm no expert but for me ... each note was so pure as the auditorium absorbed all those prior that the ear had not. While some of the material was "not me", there was no doubting the skill of the orchestra.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Full disclosure: I am a relatively distant relative of Music Director, Conductor Michae Tilson Thomas who I have met only once, and very briefly. There was a talk prior to the concert which was a delightfully informative and entertaining discussion of the evenings program. It added greatly to our enjoyment of the program. While I have recordings of the SFS,... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

This is definitely an experience not to be missed, especially when Michael Tilson Thomas is conducting, as he was today. Violinist Gil Shaham joined the SFSO for the Mozart Fifth Violin Concerto, and he rocked the house con brio e fuoco! Works by Liszt and Ravel completed the program; the SF Symphony Chorus shining along with the orchestra in the... More

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Sebastopol, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Michael Tilson Thomas is clearly one of America's greta conductors. But the SFSO also attracts some incredible guest conductors and performers. Out of the 50+ performances I've attended, 48 have bee n totally exhilarating.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Looked like a big draw for locals at the weekend with all sorts going on, even outdoor dance lessons! Didn't venture into the museums as the weather was so good but enjoyed the wander. Struggled to find something to eat in the park though so take a picnic!

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San Francisco, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It is always a pleasure to attend a symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, especially if it is Mahler. If the opportunity presents itself, be sure to spend an afternoon or evening at the symphony.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a fantastic evening to spend listening to lovely music in a wonderful hall. There is no drawback to any evening you spend in this glorious place. Parking is always an issue; but that's the city!

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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The symphony hall acoustic was the best, the concert hall is beautiful. The stage is in a round where you can observe the director and all the musicians it was great to watch the individuals without they cramped next to each other. The conductor know how to get the total sound for enjoy

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Mill Valley, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The SF Symphony is one of America's great orchestras. Led by Michael Tilson Thomas, it consistently offers a wide range of first rate classical music. While each week's program is different, you can expect terrific soloists performing with a high skilled, talented orchestra. The SF Symphony Chorus is also excellent. Davies Hall is comfortable with good acoustics. Try to get... More

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