Michael Tilson Thomas
Oct 30-Nov 1 MTT: Mahler 1
Nov 5-8 MTT: Beethoven’s Missa solemnis
Jan 21-23 MTT: Emanuel Ax Plays Mozart
Jan 27-30 MTT: Yuja Plays Rach Piano Concerto 2
Own 2020–21 Season
Join us as an electrifying new era of music begins at the San Francisco Symphony. Compose your own season today to guarantee you don’t miss a thing!
The current pandemic has changed a lot of things in our world but not our high standard of customer service. As we navigate together into the 2020-21 season, we promise to be there for you just as you continue to be there for us.
Bearing all this in mind, we ask you to join us on a journey of hope as we look to the future. We continue to be focused on creating exceptional performances and experiences that engage audiences and expand their connections to live orchestral music, to each other, and the world around them.
Friends from around the globe take the Davies Symphony Hall stage to share the joy and virtuosity of live performance at its very best.
Discover how music speaks to us all—young listeners ages 5–12 and longtime fans alike—through enriching performances and fun-filled events.
Explore a season full of cherished masterworks and the music you love. Be inspired by these themed concert spotlights.
Experience the heart-pounding power and exhilarating emotion of the San Francisco Symphony performing the most beloved masterworks in classical music.
Buchbinder Performs the Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos:
Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Nov 20–22
Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique Apr 8–10
Beethoven 5 & Julia Fischer May 20–22
Ludovic Morlot Conducts Debussy's
La Mer May 27–29
On The Cutting Edge
You Laughed, You Cried, You Ate Popcorn To This
From Saturday morning cartoons to Netflix to Oscar-winning films, this is the music you’ve heard before—but you haven’t heard it like this.
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 (Inspiration for the main title theme to The Godfather) Oct 2–3
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 (Pose, The Iron Lady, The King’s Speech, Dead Poets Society) Oct 23 & 25
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathétique (The Aviator, Vox Lux, Animaniacs) Nov 20–22
Handel: Messiah (Oscar Mayer jingle, Dumb and Dumber, Bridget Jones’s Diary) Dec 11–12
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (The Simpsons, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Mozart in the Jungle) May 20–22
Fantasies & Psychedelics
Music for All Time
Throughout history and never more than today, music has given voice to the human spirit. Experience music old and new that clearly speaks to us now.
Salonen: Make Art, Not War Jun 17-20
Have a blast of San Francisco Symphony brass with iconic works that bring the instruments’ big, bold, beautiful sound front and center.
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 Oct 30–Nov 1
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9, Unfinished Jan 21–23
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 Jan 27–30
The San Francisco Symphony draws inspiration from the music of Asia with works celebrating rich Asian traditions past and present.
Lunar New Year: Celebrating Asia
Texu Kim: Bounce!!, Younghi Pagh-Paan: NIM , Harrison: Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra, Takashi Yoshimatsu: The Age of Birds, Zhou Long: The Rhyme of Taigu Feb 11 & 13
Fang Man: New Work Mar 11–13
Unsuk Chin: Frontispiece for Orchestra May 20–22
Opera Stars at the SF Symphony
The world’s most most renowned opera singers join the San Francisco Symphony to bring epic masterworks to life.
R. Strauss: Four Last Songs (Renée Fleming) Jun 10, 12, & 13
In June 2021, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony present On the Precipice: Music of the Weimar Republic, a journey through one of history’s most inventive and decadent cultural periods.
With performances exploring the satiric and degenerate, peculiar and cynical, duty and demise, experience why this eclectic festival of music, cabaret, film, and discussions about art at the dawn of fascist Germany so clearly speaks to us now.
Modern civilization is laden with legends and lore, none with more timeless potency than the ancient libraries of Greek mythology. These extraordinary stories are a source of wisdom, philosophy, and morality; they are humanized by scorching drama, deep tenderness, and poetic beauty.
In March 2021, Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the San Francisco Symphony in a wide-ranging, three-week immersion into music inspired by Greek mythology. This is music of the myths that make us, music of the then and now.
Download a copy of our 20-21 brochure here.
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