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Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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98 events
40 reviews
10 stars
18 events
10 reviews
9 stars
BART is great but walking past the homeless was not.
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"A P.D.Q. Bach Christmas"
11 ratings
4.3 average rating
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88 events
33 reviews
7 stars
attended Dec 20 2008

Very funny and fun time for all families. Did not like the woman with her perfume next to me. They need to bed all fragrances.

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14 events
9 reviews
1 stars
attended Dec 20 2008

This was a fine event. The seats were very good and we enjoyed the performance. We have seen PDQ Bach several times and always find his programs innovative and just plain fun.

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11 events
7 reviews
7 stars
attended Dec 20 2008

I would agree with the other reviewers that it is hard to hear the words to the songs in the 2nd tier. I thought it was funny and the sf orchestra supplied excellent music. I would personally rate it as a 4, but my girlfriend only thought it was...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“A very, very funny show, even for people who like music but don’t know why.” —New York Times


p. Benjamin Shwartz


Professor Peter Schickele

jolly host and basso blotto

Michèle Eaton

off-coloratura soprano

David Düsing

tenor profundo

William Walters

manager of the stage

San Francisco Symphony Brass


Arr. Peter Schickele Joy to the World, Especially Out-of-Work Musicians

P.D.Q. Bach Suite from “The Civilian Barber”

P.D.Q. Bach Perückenstück (Hairpiece) from “The Civilian Barber”

P.D.Q. Bach Eine Kleine Kiddiemusik (“Santa’s Got a Brand-New Bag”)

P.D.Q. Bach A Consort of Choral Christmas Carols

P.D.Q. Bach Variations on an Unusually Simple-Minded Theme

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.