Get ready for live performances at its very best. San Francisco Symphony returns at Davies Symphony Hall this September, 0.2 miles from NEMA. Founded in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony features classic performances and popular movie-accompaniment events throughout the year as artists from around the globe take to the Davies Symphony Hall stage.

One of the most influential and creative forces in music, Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen has shaped a unique vision for the present and future of the symphony orchestra. In the 2021-22 season, Salonen and the SF Symphony’s Collaborative Partners spark powerful musical explorations, while welcoming a multitude of perspectives new to the orchestra. Experience orchestral favorites led by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, visionary projects with Symphony Collaborative Partners, the return of Music Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas, world renowned guest stars, films with live orchestra, holiday events, and more. Peruse the 2021-22 season calendar and get ready to relax and enjoy the music. Here are a few we’re looking forward to:

The Princess Bride film with live orchestra on September 22-23. Experience one of the most beloved films of all time as never before with the power of the SF Symphony performing the entire musical score of this fairy tale adventure live-to-picture.

Apollo 13 film with live orchestra on September 24-25. Featuring an epic, gripping score by acclaimed film composer James Horner, director Ron Howard’s drama recounts the harrowing true story of the aborted Apollo 13 lunar mission and NASA’s effort to return the jeopardized astronauts to Earth safely.

Re-Opening Night on October 1. It’s a new season at the San Francisco Symphony! Join Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, Collaborative Partner Esperanza Spalding, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and the San Francisco Symphony for an inspiring celebration. Be a part of this one-of-a-kind San Francisco event, featuring a pre-concert sparkling wine promenade, an inspiring concert, and festive after-party.

Kendall, Chin & Beethoven on October 7-9. Esa-Pekka Salonen and the SF Symphony present a program where the friction between powerful viewpoints yields brilliant musical discoveries. The program concludes with Ludwig van Beethoven’s triumphant Seventh Symphony whose emotional center is the second movement, the heartrending Allegretto.

Exotic Birds: Debussy, Messiaen & Saariaho on October 14-17. The magic of the natural world is at the heart of this program featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen and the SF Symphony. Jeremy Denk takes on Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques (Exotic Birds), which incorporates the songs of 47 species of birds, while SF Symphony Collaborative Partner and flutist Claire Chase performs Kaija Saariaho’s Aile du songe (Winged Dream).

Día De Los Muertos on November 6. Conducted by Enluis Montes Olivar, this annual and vibrant Day of the Dead celebration features traditional Latin American music and culture, dazzling guest artists, colorful festivities, and fun-filled events for the entire family.

Sound & Fury: Beethoven 9 on November 24-27. Ferocious, haunting, serene, searching, Anna Clyne’s Sound and Fury, heard here in its West Coast premiere, takes inspiration from the emotionally fraught verses of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Deck The Hall on December 5. Treat your family to a concert of holiday favorites and sing-alongs led by conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser with members of the San Francisco Symphony, guest artists, and beloved costumed characters.

Holiday Gaiety on December 17. Hear holiday hits played by the SF Symphony, and be regaled by a star-studded lineup of iconic guests, delectable vocalists, and drag queens galore!

The Nutcracker & The Mouse King on December 21. E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King picks up the classic tale where Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet ends.

New Year’s Eve With Darren Criss on December 31. Before the ball drops, kick off your New Year’s celebrations with a spectacular evening of music with the San Francisco Symphony!

Spotlight Series: Keep your eyes open for a new recital series featuring ascendant artists in their Davies Symphony Hall debuts. Discover the astounding artistry of these young performers on the move.

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