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Experience Esa-Pekka Salonen in his inaugural season as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony.


music’s biggest starS

Friends from around the globe take to the Davies Symphony Hall stage to share the joy and virtuosity of live performance at its very best.

On the Precipice: 
Music of the Weimar Republic

In June 2021, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony present On the Precipice: Music of the Weimar Republic, a journey through one of history’s most inventive and decadent cultural periods.

With performances exploring the satiric and degenerate, peculiar and cynical, duty and demise, experience why this eclectic festival of music, cabaret, film, and discussions about art at the dawn of fascist Germany so clearly speaks to us now.   

Jun 17-19 Salonen: Make Art, Not War

Jun 24-26
Salonen: Weimar Nightfall


Enjoy a slate of World, West Coast, US, and SF Symphony premieres—exciting music played for the first time at Davies Symphony Hall.

Myths & Mortals: 
A Festival of Greek Mythology

Modern civilization is laden with legends and lore, none with more timeless potency than the ancient libraries of Greek mythology. These extraordinary stories are a source of wisdom, philosophy, and morality; they are humanized by scorching drama, deep tenderness, and poetic beauty. 

In March 2021, Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the San Francisco Symphony in a wide-ranging, three-week immersion into music inspired by Greek mythology. This is music of the myths that make us, music of the then and now.

Mar 5-7 Salonen Conducts Salonen & Ravel

Conducting Debuts at Davies Symphony Hall

We introduce conductors of varied cultural backgrounds who bring fresh insights and viewpoints to the podium in their SF Symphony debuts.

Voices of Change

Art is a timely and timeless expression of existence. Throughout history and never more than today, composers have served as some of our greatest reporters on the human condition. Their narratives can reveal the world’s discords and injustices, and bring us back to humanity, giving voice to the human spirit.

Oct 2-3 Salonen: J.S. Bach & Sibelius 1

Oct 19 Mirga, Gidon Kremer, & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Nov 12 & 14 The Fight for Equality: Julia Wolfe & Florence Price

Feb 4 & 6 Give Me Shelter: Gabriel Kahane’s emergency shelter intake form

May 13-15 Philippe Jordan Conducts Britten’s War Requiem


Michael Tilson Thomas

Music Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the San Francisco Symphony in four programs featuring artists and composers essential to his remarkable 25-year musical legacy with the Orchestra.

Oct 30 MTT: Mahler 1

Nov 5-8 MTT: Beethoven’s Missa solemnis

Jan 21-23 MTT: Emanuel Ax Plays Mozart

Jan 27-30 MTT: Yuja Plays Rach Piano Concerto 2

Michael Tilson Thomas

Film with Live Orchestra

Enjoy the magic of cinema like never before—with the score performed live-to-screen by the SF Symphony.

Browse Films

Family-Friendly Concerts and Events

Share the joy of music with all your loved ones. Discover how music speaks to us all—young listeners ages 5-12 and longtime fans alike—through enriching performances and fun-filled pre-concert activities, created for enthusiasts of all ages and with your entire family in mind!

Download a copy of our 20-21 brochure here.