San Francisco Symphony

Mondays at 10:00 pm

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony onstage at Davies Symphony Hall (Photo: Stefan Cohen)

Weekly concerts recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco

Since its beginning in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has been known for innovative programs that offer a spectrum of traditional repertory and new music. Today, the orchestra’s artistic vitality, recordings, and groundbreaking multimedia educational projects carry its impact throughout American musical life. Under Michael Tilson Thomas, music director from 1995 to 2020, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, music director since 2020, the orchestra has been praised for its musicianship, for innovative programming, for bringing the works of American composers to the fore, and for bringing new audiences into Davies Symphony Hall.

The San Francisco Symphony program is part of the WFMT Orchestra Series

Chamayou Performs Liszt’s Totentanz

April 29, 2024, 10:00 pm

Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony journey through Hector Berlioz’s phantasmic Symphonie fantastique, Franz Liszt’s devilish Totentanz with pianist Bertrand Chamayou, and Modest Mussorgsky’s supernatural Night on Bald Mountain.

Bartók, Herrmann, and Gruber

May 6, 2024, 10:00 pm

An ominous, atmospheric lineup of music conducted by music director Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Elim Chan Conducts Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and a World Premiere by Ogonek

May 13, 2024, 10:00 pm

Elim Chan's San Francisco Symphony debut.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard Performs Bartók

May 20, 2024, 10:00 pm

Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony for Bela Bartók’s zany Second Piano Concerto, in a program also featuring Sergei Prokofiev’s vibrant Romeo and Juliet and Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin.

Hanick Performs a World Premiere by Samuel Adams

May 27, 2024, 10:00 pm

Opening this program led by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, pianist Conor Hanick premieres a San Francisco Symphony commission by Samuel Adams. Then, Anton Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony, full of imaginative twists and turns.