San Francisco Symphony Returns to Live Concerts

For the first time in over a year, the symphony will return to performing concerts in a somewhat normal setting

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Esa-Pekka Salonen performs Steve Reich's "Clapping Music" for the SF Symphony's SoundBox series

In May, the symphony will be returning weekly to perform at the Davies Symphony Hall.

COVID-19 restrictions, as always, will apply. Social distancing must be practiced, along with mask-wearing, and limited capacity. Audience attendance will be capped at 200 people unless the city's restrictions continue to loosen, and in that case, up to 1000 will be able to attend concerts.

Concert-going patrons must also present a vaccination card or a recent negative COVID test.

Concerts will be no longer than 75 minutes and will not include an intermission. For now, the ensemble make-up will only include strings for safety protocols.

San Francisco Symphony's commitment to diversifying its repertoire includes programming composers such as William Grant Still, George Walker, Caroline Shaw, Freya Waley-Cohen, and Florence Price.

“Even before the pandemic our world was changing, and the pace of change has only accelerated,” said CEO Mark C. Hanson. “As we re-emerge, we are trying to be as responsive as possible to this societal change.

"We are absolutely committed as an organization to taking a more inclusive programming approach to everything we do.”