One of San Francisco’s grandest concert venues, the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall was built specifically for the San Francisco Symphony. Upon completion the symphony was able to expand to a year-round, full-time schedule of concerts. It formerly shared space with the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet.
The symphony hall, designed by a team of architects and acoustic consultants, is artful and beautiful inside and out. Sound bounces off of glass walls built to create a building within a building, and the result is that audience members are surrounded by reverberant sound. To accommodate an expanded repertory, a massive pipe organ was added to the structure in 1984.
The San Francisco Symphony plays a wide range of classical music alongside hosting contemporary events. Windows and balconies on the second floor offer beautiful views of the skyline and the City Hall. The symphony hall is a beacon of elegance and culture in San Francisco.
Louise M Davies Symphony Hall is located in San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood and is easily accessible by both Muni (bus) and BART (rapid transit) at the Civic Center station. A number of paid parking facilities are also available nearby. If you’re attending a concert, “nice dinner” attire is recommended. Concert ticket purchases are recommended in advance. Tours of the hall are offered on Mondays.