Get ready for live performance at its very best. San Francisco Symphony live performances return at Davies Symphony Hall, 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.

In the 2022–23 Season, Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, eight Collaborative Partners, and the SF Symphony cultivate vibrant musical experiences shaped by a multitude of creative perspectives. Here are a few summer performances we’re looking forward to:

Stern Grove Festival, July 31. Join conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, violinist Benjamin Beilman, and the SF Symphony for the annual free Stern Grove Festival concert in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. Pack a picnic, grab some friends, and relax as the Orchestra fills the summer air with sparkling masterworks.

West Side Story: Symphonic Dances, August 4-5. Teddy Abrams conducts Philharmonia Fantastique, a vivid and imaginative concerto for orchestra and animated film created by composer Mason Bates, Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom (Jurassic Park, Titanic), and animator Jim Capobianco (Finding Nemo). Leonard Bernstein’s crowd-pleasing Symphonic Dances from West Side Story closes the program with Broadway panache.

The Goonies, August 6-7. A search for lost pirate treasure takes a band of misfit kids on a wild adventure. Experience director Richard Donner’s 1985 fantasy film favorite like never before, as the SF Symphony performs the memorable score live to the movie on the big screen.

Fiesta Patrias, September 15. Celebrate Fiesta Patrias and Hispanic Heritage Month at Davies Symphony Hall with the spectacular Mexico Lindo show featuring the world-famous Ballet Folklórico de los Ángeles with music by Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar. The festivities kick off with a special guest performance by singer-songwriter Lupita Infante and the SF Symphony!

Star Wars: A New Hope, September 16-17. Sees young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) beginning to discover his destiny. Joined by Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, hotshot pilot Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, the rogue team sets out to rescue Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and mount a climactic battle with Darth Vader. Experience the magic of this intergalactic epic like never before as the SF Symphony performs John Williams’ Oscar®-winning score LIVE to the film on the big screen.

Opening Night Gala, September 23. Kick off the new season in style! Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the San Francisco Symphony in an imaginatively entertaining presentation of Felix Mendelssohn’s jovial music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring actors and not-to-be-missed guest stars. Opening Night includes pre-concert libations, a spirited performance, and post-concert festivities.

Also Sprach Zarathustra, September 24. An epic tone poem about the human spirit’s search for perfection. A violin concerto imbued with Black spirituals and American dance rhythms. And a rarely heard comic opera overture. Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and violinist Randall Goosby open the SF Symphony season with Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, Florence Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Overture to The Impresario.

NEMA San Francisco is positioned at the intersection of SOMA, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, and The Mission neighborhoods—each offering a unique appeal and distinct character. The welcoming public spaces surrounding San Francisco's City Hall as well as some of our city’s top cultural institutions are minutes away.

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