World Premiere: Vertigo: Film with the San Francisco Symphony

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This concert is sold out online, but some tickets may be available by phone. Please call (415) 864-6000 for more information.

The SFS performs Bernard Herrmann’s score to Hitchcock’s 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo—presented here for the first time with live orchestral accompaniment. No less a cinematic authority than Martin Scorsese praised Herrmann’s stirring soundtrack: “Hitchcock’s film is about obsession, which means that it's about circling back to the same moment, again and again .... And the music is also built around spirals and circles, fulfillment and despair. Herrmann really understood what Hitchcock was going for—he wanted to penetrate to the heart of obsession.”

Group discount not available.


Joshua Gersen


San Francisco Symphony



Vertigo (World Premiere in concert)

Concert: Approx. 2h 30m, includes intermission.

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The opening credits from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo:

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"Hailed as a master of suspense, Hitchcock was also a master in the use of music. The celebrated director knew music could convey emotion in ways images could not. The soundtracks to many of Hitchcock's best films take on a role of their own, becoming at times like characters in the story being told on screen." Continue reading Music to Murder By: San Francisco Symphony Screens Hitchcock on

About the Pre-Concert Speaker

Producer/journalist Steven C. Smith is the author of the biography A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann (winner, ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award). The book was the primary research source for the Academy Award-nominated documentary Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann. A four-time Emmy nominee and five-time Telly Award winner, he has produced over 200 documentaries for such television series as A&E Biography and AMC Backstory, including profiles of Steven Spielberg and Marlon Brando. Smith has provided DVD audio commentaries for such films as Vertigo, Jane Eyre and The Day the Earth Stood Still, and written about film music for The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and Newsday.

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Pre- and post-show Events

Inside Music, an informative talk with Steven C. Smith, begins one hour prior to concerts. Free to ticketholders

Drink Special

In a week featuring the cinematic masterpieces of iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, take a pre-concert breather or relax at intermission with a cocktail at the main lobby bar. Enjoy The Voyeur, a sparkling cocktail accented with VSOP cognac and a hint of Grand Marnier, specially crafted to honor Mr. Hitchcock's spine-tingling work. Order your specialty drink at the main bar, or call (415) 252-1937 to pre-order.