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.

 Apr 26: 

  • SIBELIUS: The Swan of Tuonela, Opus 22; Violin Concerto in d, Opus 47
  • SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat, Opus 97
  • DEBUSSY: Nocturnes


May 3: 

  • R. STRAUSS: Serenade in E-Flat, Op. 7; Brentano Lieder
  • SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat, Op. 38, Spring
  • STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben

May 10 

  • MOZART: Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385, Haffner; Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat; Symphony No. 41 in C
  • BERNSTEIN: Suite from a Quiet Place

May 17 

  • RAVEL: Ma Mere l’Oye
  • RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Pafanini
  • FAURE: Suite from Palleas et Melisande
  • STRAVINSKY: The Firebird Suite
  • GLINKA: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila

May 24 

  • COPLAND: Orchestral Variations; Inscape; Piano Concerto
  • SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 2 in C
  • MASON BATES: The B Sides

May 31 

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