Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
4.5
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Home to the San Francisco Symphony, this modern structure created quite an architectural controversy when first built.
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Neighbourhood: Civic Center
Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
How to get there
  • Van Ness • 5 min walk
  • Civic Center • 8 min walk
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,900 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
It's a good place for a concert but is not looking so good these days. It actually looks in need of maintenance and that bothers me. A very important community resource.
Written 14 June 2023
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D H
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Extremely disappointed! My partner purchased box seat tickets a few months in advance to see Sheku on Sunday April 24th at 7:30Pm. Being a cello player and a huge fan of Sheku, I was super excited to see the performance for a few months and made so many arrangements to make sure that I could be there to enjoy it. When we arrived with our vaccination cards and tickets in hand to our dismay we were told that we could not enter because we didn’t have our booster shots! We would have gladly gotten our booster shots and had plenty of time to do so prior to the show if Davies Symphony Hall had stressed that as a requirement or made it a point to have all attendees register their vaccination status during the ticket purchasing process. Instead, they made it seem as though we should’ve known about it and should just be okay with a refund. Unfortunately Sheku is not an artist who visits the Bay Area often so I felt that a simple refund was not a sufficient way to handle the situation. We were not the only ones! There was literally a line of people being turned away due to the same issue! My only hope is that someone at Davies Symphony Hall is held accountable for the awful experience that we had along with so many others. I have been attending shows at Davies Symphony Hall since I was a child, however the experience that me and my partner recently had put such a sour taste in our mouths that we will no longer support this venue nor will we recommend it. I cannot express the amount of heartbreak that I felt when I was not allowed to see one of my favorite performers live after so much meticulous planning and a situation which had plenty of time to remedy with clientele who was willing and able prior to the show.
Written 25 April 2022
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I was here to see the San Francisco under the baton of legendary conductor Herbert Blomstedt. Although Davies Hall is now over 40 years old, it has aged well and is a great place to attend a concert.

I sat in the Side Terrace behind the orchestra, which provided a unique view and great sound. Maestro Blomstedt and the symphony were in top form, performing Beethoven and Nielsen. A great afternoon at the concert hall!
Written 3 April 2022
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CTBCalifornia
Groveland, CA1,920 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
About 25 years ago, my husband and I had season tickets to the SF Symphony when Michael Tilson Thomas first took over as their music director and conductor. This 2019-2020 symphony season is MTT's last at SFS, he will retire to explore other adventures in music and his successor is already in place and ready to take the reins. In addition to taking in one of his last concerts, I was fortunate to get tickets to see a truly remarkable concert last week when Joshua Bell and the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields came to San Francisco. It was my first visit to Davies Symphony Hall since my husband died 16 years ago. The venue never disappoints, it is beautiful with excellent acoustics. Anything you see here will be wonderful.
Written 6 March 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,900 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This beautiful and modern hall is where we have come for years to see the SF Symphony. When it opened it transformed the neighborhood behind and there is no looking back. Now one of the most upscale parts of town. Good place to see a concert.
Written 28 December 2019
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jimmylaidley
San Francisco, CA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Terrific fun. Loved the Orchestra‘s version of the Nutcracker music in jazz. Very cleverly done. Plus, you really can’t beat all those loud horns at Christmas time.
Written 27 December 2019
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787sallyb
Park City, UT1,636 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
In town for fabulous Patti Lupone concert on Friday night. What a treat. Building itself is lovely, and interior with the soaring ceiling is a wonder. Those of us with hearing aids suffered a bit with the sound, but other than that it was a wonderful evening.
Written 15 July 2019
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gillsp2017
Peterborough, UK51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Went to see Mahler 7 last week. Not a great beginning ... the audience were kept in a small area before being allowed in for the pre concert talk. After the concert we were given little time to linger before being ushered out into the rain. This gave the whole evening rather a clinical feel. The orchestra gave a good performance but nowhere near as good as the whooping and cheering which the audience couldn't wait for at the end. Throughout the performance there were people taking photos and selfies on mobiles, people talking and others coming and going. The woman next to my husband leaned into his space and the couple in front constantly leant forward so we could not see. One lady behind us actually asked her friend who was playing and what they were here to see. This constant chatter and movement really ruined the concert for us ... many folk seemed to be there to be seen rather than to enjoy the music. Shame since the hall is rather lovely... or what we were able to see of it appeared so.
Written 22 May 2019
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NorthEastMe999
North East England, UK677 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We visited SF and saw Emmanuel Ax playing Brahms - huge fun. The hall itself is pretty good acoustically, and since you can get reasonably priced tickets it's a good deal. Easy to get here by public transport too - Muni metro, muni streetcar or BART all nearby
Written 15 April 2019
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Andree B
SAN JOSE19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
Caught the preshow talk. Better seats in orchestra than I expected for half price at $50 plus fee.Excellent view and acoustics. Too bad my two neighbors were cretins. Guy Talking throughout about wanting to leave and the woman actually resting her elbow on my shoulder not once but twice. Unfortunately they didn’t leave although others shushed them.Drunk, high, who knows. Easy to Uber out after.
Written 12 February 2019
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