The San Francisco Symphony will return to Davies Symphony Hall for in-person concerts next month, starting with shows specifically for medical professionals and community partners, the organization announced on Monday.
Concerts will take place every Thursday and Friday, beginning May 6. They will be about 75 minutes long and will be performed without intermission. Instrumentation and orchestra size will be planned in accordance with San Francisco guidelines and will vary. Additionally, all guests, as well as performers and all employees, will be required to show either a proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. masks will be required of all guests.
Six concerts will be conducted by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen—his first shows with SF Symphony in his new position in front of a live audience—with five additional concert sets led by Jeremy Denk, James Gaffigan, Ken-David Masur, Joseph Young and Joshua Weilerstein.
All tickets for concerts on May 6 and 7, and a portion of tickets for the remaining performances, will be reserved for Bay Area hospital and medical professionals, and representatives from community centers and cultural districts who have been at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco.
The general public can purchase tickets for concerts from May 13 to June 25 by calling the SF Symphony Box Office at 415-864-6000, beginning on May 6 at 10 a.m.
In a prepared statement, San Francisco Symphony CEO Mark C. Hanson said were planned shortly after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the statement’s reopening plan last month.
“There is nothing that compares to experiencing music together in a physical space, and after 14 months without sharing these human connections with each other, we simply cannot wait to resume performing for our community on the stage of Davies Symphony Hall,” he said.
The May 6 and 7 program features Jean Sibelius’ “Rakastava,” George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings,” Carl Nielsen’s “Little Suite for Strings,” Caroline Shaw’s “Entr’acte” and Edvard Grieg’s “From Holberg’s Time Suite.”
On May 13 and 14, pianist Jeremy Denk will lead the SF Symphony for William Grant Still’s “Out of the Silence,” Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052,” Wolfgang Amadè Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat major, K.449,” and Gerald Finzi’s “Eclogue for Piano and Strings.”
On May 20 and 21, James Gaffigan conducts the Orchestra in the U.S. premiere of Freya Waley-Cohen’s “Talisman,” Arnold Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” and Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.”
Programming for concerts on May 27 and 28, and June 3 and 4, will be announced on May 10. Programming for the remainder of the June concerts will be announced on May 24. San Francisco Symphony’s performance schedule for July and August will be announced in June.
For these shows, the San Francisco Symphony will reduce audience capacity and offer contactless tickets. More information about safety protocols is available at the symphony’s website.