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San Francisco Symphony

201 Van Ness Avenues, San Francisco, CA (Civic Center)
415-864-6000
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Ranked #19 of 374 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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Benicia, California, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Such a wonderful building for a venue of music - such magnificent music, orchastra and chorus and soloists - blending together the inspiring music of Handel - the best kind of Christmas present.

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

What a Christmas spirit inspiring evening! The San Francisco Symphony and Natalie Cole put on an unbelievable night of music. Her voice was truly amazing as it almost made you feel like this can't be real. Absolutely worth every penny and then some.

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Pacifica, California, United States
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This classic building has become one of SF's icons. It's located at Civic Center and there is plenty of garage parking as well as great restaurants nearby. The lobby of the building remains one of my favorites. We usually sit in upper orchestra which is a great buy for the quality of the sound. Choose your favorite program and try... More

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San Francisco
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Friends bought us two seats for the Messiah presented at Christmas time. A friend sings with the chorus. Though we have been to the opera numerous times and love it, this was our first trip to Davies. Very comfortable seats. I am a taller, larger guy and felt very comfortable. Acoustics were excellent. Very comfortable concert hall. Staff and ushers... More

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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Such a pleasure to have such an excellent collection of musicians so ably led by talented conductors. Pick up a program or visit online. You're bound to find something you will want to hear.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

If you are lucky enough, you will attend a performance of the orchestra led by Michael Tilson Thomas, but any of the guest coductors will be a rewarding experience. A world class orchestra in every sense.

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St. Louis
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Having just arrived at my B&B, I was happy to find the Symphony was performing that night. Since I was staying pretty far away and was new to the city, I gladly took a cab. Totally enjoyed both the excellent music and the obvious pride the patrons had for their Orchestra. Upon leaving, finding a cab took forever and the... More

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Belmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

I especially enjoy the Messiah when they play it; but anything else will do. People love this symphony; you can't miss.

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Seattle, Washington
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75 reviews 75 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

The Symphony played well with guest conductor Vasily Petrenko; Bartok, Piano Concerto #3, Pines and Fountains of Rome. We found everyone very friendly and enjoyed our Loge seats. Make sure you go up stairs and check out the beautiful water color paintings. We didn't have a car, and getting back to our hotel was an experience, I would have arranged... More

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We were there for the orchestras Mahler 5 under Michael Tilson Thomas or MTT as he now seems to prefer to be known. In reviews read in England I had heard great things about both orchestra and hall. The Hall is wonderful; we need facilities like this in the UK. It has great access lines and good facilities before you... More

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