Watch the San Francisco Symphony at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
Helmed by Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) brings the city’s innovative spirit to its performances, introducing contemporary audiences to classic works as well as weaving contemporary music into its esteemed repertoire. Since taking the reins in 1995, Michael Tilson Thomas has led the SFS in collaborations with both Yo-Yo Ma and the Grateful Dead, and brought home eleven Grammy awards.
If the music alone won’t sway you, the setting should. The SFS typically plays in the elaborate Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, a gorgeous feat of architecture and acoustics that affords views of its historic neighbors—the San Francisco City Hall and the War Memorial Opera House—from its glass-windowed lobbies. Each year, the SFS also hosts a free concert at the Sigmund Stern Grove, a woodsy outdoor amphitheater in San Francisco’s oft-foggy Sunset district. Bring blankets and a picnic to enjoy it in true San Francisco fashion.
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Film and Music
The San Francisco Symphony is doing a wonderful job at mixing mediums. I recently saw the film Psycho and the music was all orchestrated by the Sf symphony. It's amazing to see how important the score of a movie is.
San Francisco's Davies Hall is home to the San Francisco Symphony. The Symphony has been playing since 1911 and at Davies Hall since 1980. This impressive venue is worth a visit to hear some of the best classical musicians in the world.