Davies Symphony Hall

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INFO Serving as the concert hall element of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall was built in 1980 to house the San Francisco Symphony. Seating 2,743 people, the Symphony... ... read more

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Davies Symphony Hall - Concert Venue in San Francisco.

Serving as the concert hall element of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall was built in 1980 to house the San Francisco Symphony.

Seating 2,743 people, the Symphony Hall cost $28 million to erect and allows the symphony to accommodate a year-round, full-time schedule when previously it shared the War Memorial Opera House with the San Francisco Ballet and SF Opera.

In 1984, a Fratelli Ruffatti electro-pneumatic pipe organ was added. The pipe organ can be placed anywhere in the room – such as center stage during an organ concert.

In 1992, a $10 million renovation was completed to improve the acoustics of the space under the direction of Kirkegaard Associates, which not only narrowed the walls above the stage to reduce the volume of the venue, added aisles, and increased the rake of the floor seating to allow easy viewing. Stage risers were also installed to facilitate the communication between the musicians both visually and acoustically.

Davies Hall also houses the Wattis Room, an exclusive dining area for charitable donors, offices for Symphony staff, a recreation room for Symphony musicians, dressing rooms, and an extensive music library.

Davies Symphony Hall User Reviews

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Not just for classical music
Vivian H. Mar 18, 2013
The home of the San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall has amazing acoustics. If you enjoy classical music it is the place to go. Cheapest tickets are $15 for terrace seating for a typical classical concert. Tickets can be a little pricey, but you can try to get rush tickets for $20 the day of a concert. It not only has concerts put on by the San Francisco Symphony but also occasionally has concerts put on by visiting orchestras like the LA Phil. Occasionally Davies also puts on non-Classical performances like jazz concerts, concerts by modern instrumental groups and bands, and concerts by people like Rufus Wainwright, Jessye Norman, and Bobby McFerrin. If you don’t like straight up classical music, the San Francisco Symphony also has events where they’ll play a movie on a big screen and the orchestra will accompany it (movies like The Matrixi, etc.), and they also have concerts where they’ll play just music from Disney movies or just music from video games. Being a classical music enthusiast I’ve only been to Davies to listen to the San Francisco Symphony and play in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, but I have always wanted to go to one of their concerts where they play non-classical music.
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