San Francisco has an excellent symphony orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) as the principal conductor. The Season goes from September to April, with a break in the middle of December and January. When the San Francisco Symphony is on tour, other orchestras visit to fill the void. In July there is a 'Summer in the City' program of light music; August is quiet. Opened in 1980, the building's sweeping wraparound architecture was elegantly designed to compliment the other buildings in the War Memorial complex. Inside, the building was designed to maximize acoustical tones with the exterior glass wall being used as a backdrop to capture sound. To further enhance and refine the sound it has adjustable acrylic acoustical panels around the stage area.
201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA, United States
Nearest Transit: Civic Center/UN Plaza
San Francisco Symphony and Nearby Attractions on Map
Union Square San Francisco(1.6 km)
Union Square is a commercial and cultural hub in downtown San Francisco, named after the pro-Union rallies held here during the Civil War.
Alcazar Theater(1.1 km)
Built in 1911 in honor of the Shriners (Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine); this Byzantine-style Islamic temple (now a 500 seat theater showing Broadway and off-Broadway shows), is now a historical city landmark.
San Francisco City Hall(0.2 km)
Designed by Arthur Brown Jr.
United Nations Plaza(0.6 km)
The UN Charter was signed in the Civic Center in 1945, and this plaza was constructed in honor of its ideology and is ironically over the site of the original San Francisco City Cemetery.
Herbst Theater(0.2 km)
Herbst Theater, next to the Opera house in the similarly-styled War Memorial Veteran's building is host to a wide variety of activities.
San Francisco Ballet(0.2 km)
The repertory season begins in January and continues through May.
San Francisco Opera(0.1 km)
There are Fall, Spring, and Summer seasons.
Black and White Ball(0.3 km)
If you have the budget, why not 'hob-nob' at San Francisco's classiest party? Taking up four entire blocks of the Civic Center, this ball attracts a well-heeled crowd, as well as those who are just splurging.
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