UPDATE: San Francisco Ballet, Symphony expand cancelations

SF Ballet, War Memorial Opera House

Inside the orchestra pit of the War Memorial Opera House. ADAM PARDEE/STAFF.

UPDATE: MARCH 19 — The San Francisco Ballet has now canceled the remainder of its 2020 season, including “Jewels” (April 15 to 21) and “Romeo & Juliet” (May 1 to 10).

SF Ballet employees are now working remotely and the organization’s ticket and patron services are not available via phone, but will be available via email at tickets@sfballet.org.

UPDATE: MARCH 30: The San Francisco Symphony has canceled all concerts at Davis Symphony Hall through May 10.

A handful of them will be rescheduled at a later time. Those are:

March 27: An Evening with Bernadette Peters
April 5: BEETHOVEN250: Piano Recital with Yefim Bronfman
April 16–18: Tchaik 5 & Mason Bates’ Philharmonia Fantastique
April 24–25: SOUNDBOX: LINEAGE
April 26: Chamber Music Series: Murder & Myths—Dvořák’s Piano Trio in E minor, Dumky
April 28: Gautier Capuçon & Yuja Wang in Recital
May 3: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán



Ticket-holders waiting to see “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will have to settle for a streamed video, but the production, which was staged by SF Ballet on March 6 before a city-wide ban on large gatherings was enacted in response to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, will return for the company’s 2021 season.

SF Ballet also announced additional cancelations at the War Memorial Opera House, while the San Francisco Symphony has canceled a tour of New York and Europe and also announced additional cancelations.

SF Ballet. All performances through April 5 are canceled, including:

  • George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” March 7 to 15. SF Ballet will present a limited online stream of the full-length production early next week via streaming on a limited basis only to ticket-holders. It will also be included as part of the 2021 repertory season.
  • Program 05 (March 24 to April 4) featuring 7 For Eight by Helgi Tomasson, the world premiere of “Mrs. Robinson” by Cathy Marston, and Anima Animus by David Dawson
  • Program 06 (March 26 to April 5) featuring “Classical Symphony” by Yuri Possokhov, “Appassionataby” by Benjamin Millepied and the SF Ballet premiere of “The Seasons” by Alexei Ratmansky.
  • All public education and special events that were previously scheduled for March and part of April.
  • The SF Ballet School is also closed and students will be on an extended break through April 13, at the earliest.
  • The March 18 San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society. It will be rescheduled for late spring or early fall.
  • Dinner celebrating the 25th anniversary season of Principal Dancer Yuan Yuan Tan at The Palace Hotel on April 19 is also being rescheduled for late in August. 

Patrons are advised to check the SF Ballet website for the most current communications regarding cancellations and their ticket options.



SF Symphony. The San Francisco Symphony’s final tour to New York and Europe with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, is canceled, as well as all concerts at Davies Symphony Hall between March 7 to 25.

  • An Evening with Bernadette Peters will be rescheduled for this summer. Ticket-holders will be contacted with the new date soon.
  • March 12 to 14: MTT & Gautier Capuçon
  • March 15: Youth Orchestra Plays Britten
  • March 17: Flute Recital with Sir James Galway
  • March 22: Buster Keaton’s “The General”—Silent Film with Organist Cameron Carpenter
  • March 22: Piano Recital with Hélène Grimaud
  • April 4: Music for Families: Meet the Orchestra, featuring the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
  • April 4: San Francisco Symphony Chorus: J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat”
  • April 30: Open Rehearsal: Morgan Conducts Price & Brahms
  • April 30-May 2: Morgan Conducts Price & Brahms

Ticketholders are encouraged to consider exchanging or donating the cost of their ticket back to the San Francisco Symphony. This helps support the nonprofit. Options include to exchange tickets for any future 2019–20 Season performance (exchange fees will be waived); exchange tickets for a gift certificate; write off the cost of the tickets as a nonprofit donation when filming tax returns; received a refund. All requests for ticket donations, exchanges, gift certificates and refunds must be received by Aug. 31, 2020. Call 415-864-6000 or email patronservices@sfsymphony.org.

In San Francisco, all gatherings of 100 or more people have no been banned. Oakland and San Jose also have gatherings banned. Most of the region’s arts and sports has essentially been canceled for at least 30 days, though there was no guaranty what will happen in April.

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