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Introducing a four-part video series and podcast series featuring music and conversation around the changing perspectives for symphony orchestras today.
 
EXPLORE

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Jazz as a State of Mind: Michael Morgan, pianist Tammy Hall, saxophonist Jason Hainsworth, and San Francisco Principal Bass Scott Pingel and Principal Timpani Edward Stephan share how for them, the give-and-take of Jazz creates community and freedom of expression.

CURRENTS 

Explore & Create

In collaboration with Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, this interactive musical adventure and companion series features conversations and activities designed to guide curious users through the characteristics that shape musical styles explored in CURRENTS.

Featured in this episode: Scott Pingel and Soleil Ho


GET CREATIVE: IMPROVISE A JAZZ-INSPIRED DISH
Here’s how you do it:

1. LISTEN to some of Scott Pingel’s and Soleil Ho’s favorite recordings in the playlist at right.
2. CREATE a new recipe using: stone fruit, an herb, olive oil, a starch, and cheese.
3. NAME your dish using a Jazz term (swing, riff, bebop, groove, hit, etc.).
4. SHARE your creation on Instagram or Twitter, using #SFSCurrents (your account must be public) or email currents@sfsymphony.org.

We’ll be displaying the mouth-watering results here.





COVID-19 Update

The San Francisco Symphony’s COVID-19 response has been guided by a belief that we must “plan for the worst while hoping for the better.” However, in accordance with guidelines from the State of California and City of San Francisco, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all San Francisco Symphony concerts through December 31, 2020.

San Francisco Symphony CEO Mark C. Hanson notes, “While we are deeply disappointed to not present the exciting lineup of live concerts we had planned for Fall 2020, including the start of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s tenure as Music Director and a festival of events featuring our eight Collaborative Partners, we know this action is necessary in order to ensure the health and safety of our Orchestra, Chorus, staff, and audiences.”

Learn more and view a list of canceled concerts.

Our Patron Promise

The current pandemic has changed a lot of things in our world but not our high standard of customer service. As we navigate together into the 2020-21 season, we promise to be there for you just as you continue to be there for us.

  • We pledge to be flexible, empathetic and accommodating should you be unable to safely attend an event.
  • If an event needs to be rescheduled or canceled, we will let you know as soon as possible, providing you with the choice of ticket donations, gift certificates, exchanges, and refunds.
  • We remain committed to bringing the best in music to our stages, while keeping our audiences, musicians and staff safe.


Bearing all this in mind, we ask you to join us on a journey of hope as we look to the future. We continue to be focused on creating exceptional performances and experiences that engage audiences and expand their connections to live orchestral music, to each other, and the world around them.

The Whistle Song by MTT

We’re pleased to present an uplifting musical gift from Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. “I wanted to share this song with you so much, and very thankfully my colleagues at the San Francisco Symphony agreed to play along,” says MTT. Composed while sheltering-in-place at home this spring, MTT’s “Whistle Song” is inspired by a sprightly melody he used to whistle as a child with his father Ted. This recording is presented in a joint performance with MTT and San Francisco Symphony musicians from their homes.


The Whistle Song Lyrics


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In this time of uncertainty, one thing remains constant: Our deepest gratitude for the dedication and support of each and every member of the San Francisco Symphony family.

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