Join Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony in a season set to stimulate the senses, fire the mind, and nourish the soul. Live passionately, and discover the transformative power of great music.
Newly Added Concerts
Liza Minnelli in Concert Mar 28
Spend an evening with the one-and-only Liza Minnelli. The shining star of the Broadway, film, television, and musical worlds, and an entertainer in the truest sense of the word, Liza—with a Z—brings her signature sparkle to Davies Symphony Hall for one brilliant night only. Learn more.
Ben Folds with the San Francisco Symphony May 19
Singer-songwriter-pianist-storytelling showman Ben Folds joins the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus to perform hits from his career as a solo artist and as frontman for alt-pop group Ben Folds Five. Learn more.
New! Season Festivals
Dive into explorations of great music with the world’s top artists, and enjoy great concert experiences in a glittering, festive setting.
Masters of Bach
Three contemporary masters of the work of Johann Sebastian Bach—pianist András Schiff, violinist Christian Tetzlaff, and conductor Ton Koopman, survey the master’s sacred and secular music.“There is nothing more reliable in the world of classical music today than pianist András Schiff playing Bach,” proclaims the New York Times. Live harmoniously with special Bach programs—coming to the West Coast only in San Francisco. View events featuring works by Bach.
Benjamin Britten Birthday Bash
Live exuberantly with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas as he creates a semi-staged production of Peter Grimes, his next project in a series of terrific new experiences in classical music. “It’s hard not to admire the way this orchestra and its leader think outside the box; it’s getting to be a habit for them," says Richard Scheinin of the San Jose Mercury News. Don’t miss this new production, which will cap off the world-wide celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth. View events featuring works by Britten.
Film Night with the SF Symphony
Edge-of-your-seat thrillers, epic dramas, and animated classics are taken to a new level when accompanied live—experience the best in cinema on the big screen along with the San Francisco Symphony. For all film concerts, visit sfsymphony.org/film.
Meet some of classical music’s most exciting rising talent, and revel in the artistry of the next generation of great musicians. Two of the world’s most talked-about young violinists make their eagerly anticipated returns to San Francisco: Janine Jansen lends her penetrating tone to Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, while the captivating virtuoso Julia Fischer gives voice to Prokofiev. Also returning is Gilmore award-winning pianist Kirill Gerstein, featured in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
Outstanding pianist debuts include Martin Helmchen performing Schumann’s deeply felt Piano Concerto, which critics say the young German virtuoso “[lights] with an inner glow.” After setting the competition circuit on fire, 21-year-old dynamo Daniil Trifonov brings his “scintillating technique and virtuosic flair” to Rachmaninoff’s rapturous Paganini Rhapsody.
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