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Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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If one goes few minutes before 6 pm, it is easy to find street parking.
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The best and most convenient place to eat before the concert is at Jardiniere. Also, you can stop for a drink afterwards.
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25 reviews
3 stars
attended Oct 14 2011

I understand that to "pay" for the classical popular Pictures at an Exhibition, we were required to take on a more challenging piece. This one, a premiere performance, was really exacting too much of a price in the interests of "educating" the...continued

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attended Oct 14 2011

For the price and seating, this was a really fun event to try out a Symphony night having never been previously. Entertaining, a bit too lowkey at times but overall interesting and exciting. For the right pieces I'd treat myself and my SO to...continued

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attended Oct 14 2011

I wish I had known more about the opener- it was a little long (55min) for me, and it was all sung in Russian. Mussorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition was excellent! I would highly recommend seeing this and wish it was longer (35 min, I think).

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“When Conlon is leading a performance, music and drama never seem to be at odds … All of it is marked with a joyous sense of urgency.”— Opera News


This all-Russian program features two epic compositions. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 is an emotive work for soprano, bass, and string orchestra with a battery of percussion, comprised of 11 linked setting of poems that present a gripping discussion of our own mortality. This work pairs well with Ravel’s colorful orchestration of Mussorgsky’s famous work, originally written for solo piano, which helped to make famous the sights and sounds of Kiev.

The concert benefits the Orchestra’s Pension Fund.

About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas present more than 220 concerts each year from September through July in a variety of genres, with SFS musicians performing classical concerts, holiday favorites, summer pops events, free outdoor concerts, special series for families and children, plus presentations of visiting guest artists and orchestras from around the globe. The San Francisco Symphony also takes its unique style to audiences world-wide, touring nationally and internationally every year. The SFS is currently recording all the Mahler symphonies on its own media label and has recently launched Keeping Score, a national, multi-year, multi-media project bringing classical music to millions of Americans via TV, radio, the Internet and more.