Since its first concerts in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has been an innovator. Staying on the cutting edge under music director Michael Tilson Thomas, the SFS gives the full spectrum of traditional repertoire while celebrating today’s composers, and not-so-well-known composers as well. With radio host Rik Malone, MTT and the orchestra reach well beyond the Bay Area. Through artistic vitality, award-winning recordings, and ground-breaking multimedia projects, the SFS holds a leadership role among American orchestras.

Music director Michael Tilson Thomas assumed his post in 1995. Since that time he and the orchestra have been acclaimed for their musicianship, for their innovative programming, for spotlighting works by American composers, and for bringing new audiences into Davies Symphony Hall.