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Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

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Home to the San Francisco Symphony, this modern structure created quite an architectural controversy when first built.
201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4507
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Reviewed 3 July 2018

This latest impression based on a Mahler 3rd under Tilson Thomas a few days ago. The hall has quite good dynamic range, the loudest passages of this work of extreme dynamic range did not overload the hall. Many times I could wish for quieter playing,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank BartokBela
Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

After the remodel some years ago this symphony hall is one of the best in the US from both the acoustics standpoint and the feeling of intimacy despite holding almost three thousand people. We recently heard Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto and everything was perfect. Seats are...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

We went to the Symphony to see the screening with live musical accompaniment of "Amadeus". It was Wonderful. I had been waiting for months to see it. But I wanted to tell you about the food service. I had no idea what an unusual request...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

A world class Symphony performs here with the best soloists.I go all over the world to hear good music. This is the top of my list. The San Francisco Symphony is world-class and musicians who perform here are of the best. I can't say enough...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank julesofthesea
Reviewed 2 April 2018

San Francisco has long been the cultural center of the western USA. The city fathers wisely build a wonder home for local and internations talents to preform. Any night will offer a wonderfull night out for music lovers

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank richardleontonkin
Reviewed 31 January 2018

We made a weekend out of our Matinee Performance of the Leonard Bernstein historical "Candide" classic performance. Michael Tilton Thomas conducted to SF Symphony, Chorus and Opera Performers. We thought we had purchased the best seats in the house ($75 ea. Matinee cost), but were...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Editeded
Reviewed 30 January 2018

Had seen the Royal Philharmonic the night before in Davis, and had the chance to see them again in San Francisco. It was my first time at Davies Hall and it didn't disappoint. Not only was the venue gorgeous, but the RPO was incredible. Next...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank James M
Reviewed 12 January 2018

I can't tell you how wonderful this symphony hall is! Sound, location, and comfortable seating. Really beautiful! We were there in December for Birthday celebration and it was memorable-special memories were made. The hall was decorated with Christmas trees and it felt like the holidays....More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Welsheyes
Reviewed 20 December 2017

We have been here twice to see the annual production of Handel's Messiah. Spell-binding performances in a top class venue. A seasonal treat!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Paul B
Reviewed 4 December 2017

We have been here a couple of times now, and can't be more happy with our experiences! If you can make it through the parking escapade in this (or any busy city), and to the venue itself, you will be pleasantly rewarded. Home to the...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Civic Center is the seat of power for all things
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Although its streets are best walked during daytime,
numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to
one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz
center offer year round entertainment within the
shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold
tipped dome of City Hall.
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Judy D
7 September 2016|
Response from Traveling_Polymath | Reviewed this property |
I recommend Dobbs Ferry, just a few blocks away.