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San Francisco Symphony

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Address: 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4585
Phone Number: +1 415-864-6000
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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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Symphony + Movie

We are Hitchcock fans so this was a must see! Symphony played the background music to Alfred Hitchcock's movie Vertigo. To top it off, Kim Novak who starred with Jimmy Stewart... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 September 2016
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Sausalito
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Sausalito
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We are Hitchcock fans so this was a must see! Symphony played the background music to Alfred Hitchcock's movie Vertigo. To top it off, Kim Novak who starred with Jimmy Stewart chatted with the audience prior to the screening. Kim Novak is an artist and work was displayed in the lobby. The SF Symphony is a San Francisco treasure!!!

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

I don't need to say more. You either got it, or you won't. The full program was: Haydn Symphony No. 69, Laudon; Sibelius Symphony No. 3; Beethoven Symphony No. 5. And there was a free, open-seating talk that starts one hour before the performance. The hall is beautiful both visually and acoustically. The pre-concert talk was illuminating. The concert was... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Would definitely recommend going to SF Symphony if you have time. The programs are always full with interesting shows and themes and the composers are amazing. The hall itself is gorgeous as well and it is possible to find decently priced seats.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

You can't go wrong with an evening at the symphony. The hall is lovely and well tuned. Arrive about 30 minutes before curtain. (Actually there is no curtain). You can dress casually but I like to dress up. If you are from the area, buy season tickets and you will have an activity to look forward to. There are lots... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

I have gone several times as a school chaperone. The performances for schools were wonderful and informative. I can't wait to go on my own without 30-60 students to manage. The venue itself is gorgeous. The performances I have been to on many occasions have been outstanding and consistently well done.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

I'm a season subscriber and have been for a number of years. I am always impressed with the consistent, polished presentation of the symphony. Also, the soloists and other performers are best in class. Davies Symphony Hall is a comfortable venue, good acoustics and easy access. The area around the Symphony Hall has many good restaurants and bars for pre... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

Be sure to arrive early enough to hear the talk: it is more than worth your time and will enhance your listening experience. The orchestra is superb and the acoustics are fabulous. The selections are varied and interesting. We sat on the side above the orchestra so we had a good view of them as well as the conductor. By... More 

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Takoma Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

The San Francisco Symphony is a first rate orchestra with an outstanding director in Michael Tilson Thomas. I did not get to see him in the performance I attended, but mine was an enjoyable mixture of Hayden and Beethoven with a guest conductor. The hall is a visual and auditory treat, with a gently sloping orchestra section that allows good... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

SoundBox check this program out on sfsoundbox.com. Unique and creative way to present music. It was an enjoyable experience.

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SF
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

This is a well managed and beautiful place for classical music. The hall is exciting and I don't think there is a bad seat in the house. Facilities are good, bathrooms clean, staff and ushers helpful and polite. Of course the SF Symphony is fantastic. If you have a chance to visit, don't pass it up.

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Civic Center
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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