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2674 Star Starred
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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58 ratings
4.1 average rating
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41 events
25 reviews
5 stars
attended Jan 13 2012

This was an outstanding performance of beautiful music and singing. A rarely heard choral and orchestral, semi-staged presentation, along with video and narration in French, of a longer theater piece with music by Debussy. Quite unusual and...continued

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11 reviews
7 stars
attended Jan 13 2012

Outstanding event. Even our Second Tier (Red Velvet) seats were special: central with two empty seats just in front of us (none others to be seen in our section!). This is the second time we've landed seats with empties smack in front of us. ...continued

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14 events
6 reviews
2 stars
attended Jan 14 2012

Particularly enjoyed Janacek opening piece. Brass execution was lively
and engaging.
Debussy work was well executed, but I was being lulled to sleep in the
dark, warm hall.

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Originally composed as incidental music to a mystery play of the same name, Debussy’s large-scale work features a massive orchestra, a full chorus, and three soloists. The tale of the twice martyred St. Sébastian will be narrated by the enchanting Frederica von Stade who provides an introduction to each of the five sections.

The Orchestra’s performance of Debussy’s sweeping score will be accompanied by a newly created multi-media treatment by critically acclaimed director-designer Anne Patterson that features projected visuals and staged elements meant to bring the pageant-like, gothic, nature of the work to life. *

Artists: *

San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Karina Gauvin, soprano

Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

Leah Wool, mezzo-soprano

Frederica von Stade, narrator

San Francisco Symphony Chorus

Anne Patterson, director and designer


Janáček, Sinfonietta

Debussy, Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien

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.