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San Francisco Symphony

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Civic Center
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Address: 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4585
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+1 415-864-6000
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 12:00 - 18:00

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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Excellent Orchestra

If you see a program that interests you, go. The orchestra is world-class. Unfortunately audiophiles find problems with the acoustics in Davies Hall, but it's OK to my... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Thomas V
Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you see a program that interests you, go. The orchestra is world-class. Unfortunately audiophiles find problems with the acoustics in Davies Hall, but it's OK to my uneducated ear. Hayes Street nearby is a great place for a meal or a drink.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

On a whim, I decided to see what was playing on a Saturday night and ended up getting $20 front row rush tickets. The hall is beautiful and the quality of the symphony is great. I did feel a bit uncomfortable in jeans, though, when everyone around me were quite dressed up.

Thank Jillbertnyc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Visited SF for the weekend and wanted to experience some culture. Got tickets for only $25 for second tier section. Good view of symphony. Davies Symphony Hall is massive and beautiful.

Thank Elle R
Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

An amazing place to visit... i went there to enjoy Scheherazade 2 by John Adams with the soloist Leila Josefowicz... it was great!

Thank Odair M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Davies Symphony Hall is a *lot* more intimate than I would have imagined. We had seats in the "rear box" section-- which is at the back of the auditorium, but amazingly close to the stage. "Box seats" (chairs) are more comfortable than the fixed seats in the main section, plus there was a *huge* amount of legroom. We chose our... More 

Thank Robert H
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

The San Francisco Symphony is one of the finest in the world with top notch musicians. Conductor and Musical Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra with brilliant interpretations and is constantly coming up with innovative programs. The venue is excellent with many wonderful places to dine and drink in the neighborhood.

Thank rdhsheng
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1,674 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

This orchestra totally rocks and they play so nice and this is a guaranteed panty dropper if you on a date.

Thank Alzor S
Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

The San Francisco Symphony is a world class ensemble. This past weekend I heard them perform the soundtrack to On The Waterfront with a screening of the film. It was a riveting and powerful experience. The hall has fantastic, clear sound, which is impressive given the soundtrack of the old movie. Next time I want to hear them perform without... More 

Thank Chorpiano
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

Pink Martini played with the San Francisco Symphony and together they were powerful and put on a rewarding show. The venue is nice and parking is convenient.

Thank dereklink
Oakland, California
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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Think of the world's great concert halls. The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The Opera Bastille in Paris. Lincoln Center in New York City. San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall doesn't yet have the history of those storied venues, but it's history is growing. Young artists like Yuja Wang, attracted by the programming of Michael Tilson Thomas, perform here as often as... More 

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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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