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San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

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May 29, 2024

San Francisco Symphony major donor Cynthia Hersey criticizes deep programming cuts and a leadership void with the announced departure of music director Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read more here.

Mar 20, 2024

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s resignation in San Francisco is a wake-up call for arts groups nationwide. Read more here.

Mar 16, 2024

Esa-Pekka Salonen will leave the San Francisco Symphony following the 2024-25 season, announcing his departure with a statement critical of the orchestra’s leadership. Read more here.


Oct 2, 2023

The San Francisco Symphony musicians sign a new contract after nearly a year-long battle. Read more here.

Oct 1, 2023

The San Francisco Symphony proposes a $100M renovation and expansion of Davies Symphony Hall. Read more here.

Sep 21, 2023

The San Francisco Symphony musicians’ contract expired on Nov. 26, 2022, and they will hit day 300 on an important date: the opening of the orchestra’s 112th season. Read more here.

Feb 4, 2023

As their labor agreement expired last November, the San Francisco Symphony musicians have called attention to the situation on Facebook and their website. Read more here.


Sep 21, 2022

Matthew Spivey has spent the past 14 months as interim CEO of the San Francisco Symphony. Now they’re making the appointment permanent, as the Symphony announced that Spivey would take on the top executive leadership role effective immediately. Read more here.

Apr 4, 2022

San Francisco Symphony and Esa-Pekka Salonen announce a lively, diverse season for 2022-23. Read more here.


Oct 17, 2021

Esa-Pekka Salonen plots a remake of orchestral life for San Francisco Symphony with a pack of collaborators. Read more here.

Jul 15, 2021

Mark C. Hanson to exit San Francisco Symphony after four years as top executive. Read more here.

Jul 13, 2021

San Francisco Symphony begins a summer of outdoor concerts. Read more here.

Jun 30, 2021

San Francisco Symphony returns with an expansive 2021–22 season. Read more here.

Jun 5, 2021

San Francisco Symphony plans concerts through the summer. Read more here.

May 5, 2021

San Francisco Symphony to increase capacity for upcoming concert programs. Read more here.

May 1, 2021

San Francisco Symphony to resume live concerts in Davies Symphony Hall. Read more here.

Jan 21, 2021

Esa-Pekka Salonen and San Francisco Symphony to debut a streaming service meant to go on beyond pandemic. Read more here.


Dec 5, 2020

San Francisco Symphony uses RingCentral video to spread virtual holiday cheer. Read more here.

Nov 9, 2020

San Francisco Symphony calls off all remaining live performances for 2020-21 season. Read more here.

Nov 3, 2020

San Francisco Symphony musicians agree to a 30% pay cut. Read more here.

Oct 30, 2020

The San Francisco Symphony plunges into a new world. Read more here.

Oct 22, 2020

Commissioned world premiere will mark the San Francisco Symphony’s first performance with Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read more here.

Sep 2, 2020

San Francisco Symphony takes a multicultural turn with new virtual programming series. Read more here.

Aug 17, 2020

San Francisco Symphony launches The Emerging Black Composers Project. Read more here.

Jul 23, 2020

San Francisco Symphony has launched SFS 1:1 Concerts, live performances of one musician playing for one audience member. Read more here.

Jun 18, 2020

San Francisco Symphony cancels all remaining 2020 performances over ongoing coronavirus concerns. Read more here.

Jun 10, 2020

San Francisco Symphony celebrates MTT's momentous legacy the only way it can. Read more here.

May 14, 2020

San Francisco Symphony to celebrate departing Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas remotely. Read more here.

Apr 30, 2020

San Francisco Symphony cancels remaining concerts on MTT's farewell season. Read more here.

Mar 20, 2020

San Francisco Symphony streams Keeping Score series. Read more here.


Dec 8, 2019

San Francisco Symphony's game-changing SoundBox ready for Season 6. Read more here.

Sep 9, 2019

San Francisco Symphony’s 2019 gala was their biggest night ever, raising more money for programs and education than even the centenary celebration. Read more here.

Mar 25, 2019

Michael Tilson Thomas opens up about his approaching final season with the San Francisco Symphony. Read more here.

Mar 18, 2019

The San Francisco Symphony announces lineup for Michael Tilson Thomas’ last season. Read more here.


Dec 10, 2018

Esa-Pekka Salonen to succeed Michael Tilson Thomas as music director of the San Francisco Symphony. Read more here.

Dec 3, 2018

The Musicians of the San Francisco Symphony agree to a four-year labor contract. Read more here.