San Francisco Symphony

Wednesdays at 7 pm

Since its beginning in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has been known for innovative programs that offer a spectrum of traditional repertory and new music. Today, the Orchestra’s artistic vitality, recordings, and groundbreaking multimedia educational projects carry its impact throughout American musical life.

“At a time when America’s major orchestras are struggling to define their missions and maintain audiences, the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas is an exception.”

— The New York Times

The San Francisco Symphony has grown in stature and acclaim under such distinguished music directors as Henry Hadley, Alfred Hertz, the legendary Pierre Monteux, Josef Krips, Seiji Ozawa, Edo de Waart and Herbert Blomstedt. Current Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas assumed the post in 1995. Together, he and the San Francisco Symphony have formed a musical partnership hailed as “one of the most inspiring and adventurous in the country.” Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) celebrated his 20th season as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony during the Orchestra’s 2014-15 season. MTT is currently the longest-tenured music director at any major American orchestra, and has surpassed Pierre Monteux as the longest-tenured San Francisco Symphony Music Director. Tilson Thomas and the Orchestra have also been praised by the critics for their musicianship, for their innovative programming, for bringing the works of American composers to the fore, and for bringing new audiences into Davies Symphony Hall.


May 31 

  • SCHUBERT: Symphony in b, D. 759, Unfinished
  • MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde
  • BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 2

Jun 7 

  • BRAHMS: Variations of a Theme by Haydn; Serenade in A, No. 2
  • BERLIOZ: La Mort de Cleopatre; “L’Ile inconnue,”
  • SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4 in d

Jun 14 

  • STRAVINSKY: Scenes de ballet; Petrushka; Circus Polka; Divertimento
  • JOHN ADAMS: The Wound Dresser

Jun 21 

  • C.P.E. BACH: Symphony No. 1 in D
  • JORG WIDMANN: Trauermarsch for Piano and Orchestra
  • BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in c
  • STRAVINSKY: Apollo

Jun 28 

  • MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 in c
  • HAYDN: Symphony No. 60