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Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 503-5474
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Dec 21, 2022


Performances will feature Britell and Jenkins discussing the films on which they’ve collaborated (including If Beale Street Could Talk and Moonlight) together with performances of Britell’s music by members of the San Francisco Symphony

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA—San Francisco Symphony Collaborative Partner and composer Nicholas Britell will be joined by acclaimed filmmaker Barry Jenkins for a special SoundBox program, April 14–15. Britell and Jenkins are regular collaborators and creative partners, with Britell receiving Academy Award nominations for both of his scores to Jenkins’ films Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk. Britell also received an Emmy nomination for his score to Jenkins’ award-winning Amazon limited series, The Underground Railroad. Jenkins and Britell will infuse the program with fascinating discussions of the creative process together with performances of Britell’s music by SF Symphony musicians.

The San Francisco Symphony’s groundbreaking SoundBox series kicked off for a ninth season in 2022–23 with a program curated by composer Reena Esmail on December 9–10. In addition to the April 14–15 program co-curated by Nicholas Britell and Barry Jenkins, upcoming SoundBox programs include Conrad Tao’s “Subliminal Shapes,” January 13–14; Collaborative Partner and violinist Pekka Kuusisto and composer Jesper Nordin’s “Convergence,” February 10–11; and Collaborative Partner and composer Nico Muhly’s “Codes,” featuring Yuja Wang, March 4. Nico Muhly’s “Codes” program will be performed twice more during the San Francisco Symphony’s European tour: at the Salle des Concerts – Cite de la Musique in Paris, France, March 9; and Elbphilharmonie Recital Hall in Hamburg, Germany, March 17.

To purchase tickets and learn more about the SF Symphony’s 2022-23 SoundBox series, visit

More on SoundBox
SoundBox is an experimental late-night live music series that’s a laboratory for the exploration of new musical ideas and immersive audience experiences, continuously pushing the envelope with adventurous programming and innovative design. Each performance is unique—encompassing shifting stage settings, art installations, projection screens, and unexpected elements, featuring original lighting design by Luke Kritzeck and video design by Adam Larsen.

One of the signature elements of SoundBox has been the acoustic transformation of a 7,600 square foot warehouse-like rehearsal space adjacent to Davies Symphony Hall into an imaginative performance venue through use of the Meyer Sound Constellation system. With Constellation, composers and conductors select from different acoustic environments for each musical piece—and can custom program a completely new environment if desired. The use of this acoustic sound system provides ultimate versatility and accommodates a variety of musical styles and ensembles within one performance.

SoundBox accommodates approximately 500 people, some seated and some standing, offering an alternative to that of the traditional concert hall experience. The space is designed for general admission seating with banquettes, ottomans, barstools, café tables, and high-top cocktail tables. SoundBox has a full bar serving specialty cocktails and gourmet bar bites for enjoyment during the performances. The doors open at 8pm for each event, with the performance beginning at 9pm.

Click here to access the SoundBox Press Kit, which includes downloadable artist headshots and images from past SoundBox programs.

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By Emma McIntyre

Barry Jenkins

By Emma McIntyre / GETTY Images

Nicholas Britell

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