Classical masterpieces, unusual gems, and modern works offer a feast for your ears at every concert, while Maestro Simon’s engaging onstage talks help you connect more powerfully with the music.

Admission is free to all! Supporting members receive priority seating and priority entrance 60 minutes before concert time. Please bring your membership card with you. General seating begins 45 minutes before concert time.

The SFCO’s admission-free season is made possible by the generosity of hundreds of supporting members and the following esteemed organizations:

Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
The Bernard Osher Foundation
Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund
Walter and Elise Haas Fund

THE LIGHTER SIDE

Featured Artists

Benjamin Simon, Conductor

David Latulippe, KALW’s Open Air

Rik Malone, KDFC

P.D.Q. Bach

 

 Due to the fire that recently occurred at First Congregational Church, our 4/30/17 matinee will take place at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley. Click HERE to support our friends at First Church by donating to their gofundme campaign.

SAN FRANCISCO

FRI, APR 28 | 7:30pm

Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave [Map]

Doors: 6:45pm (general admission, first-come first-served)

PALO ALTO

SAT, APR 29 | 7:30pm

First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave [Map]

Doors: 6:45pm (general admission, first-come first-served)

BERKELEY

SUN, APR 30 | 3pm

St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave [Map]

Doors: 2:15pm (general admission, first-come first-served)

SCHICKELE “Unbegun” Symphony
MOZART A Musical Joke, K. 522 (Ein musikalischer Spaß)
HEIDRICH “Happy Birthday” Variations
HAYDN String Quartet Op. 33, No. 2 (“The Joke”)
P.D.Q. BACH New Horizons in Music Appreciation: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony Sportscast

 

Your favorite chamber orchestra ends the season on the lighter side, with music designed to tickle your classical funny bone. Peter Schickele and his hilarious alter ego P.D.Q. Bach (the last and oddest of J.S. Bach’s 20-odd children) will be well represented—namely by P.D.Q.’s brilliant reworking of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as a sportscast, featuring play-by-play announcers, a whistling referee, and a penalty box for errant horn players. Mozart and Haydn were notorious musical jokesters in their day, and Peter Heidrich’s witty “Happy Birthday” Variations sets a familiar tune in the styles of Bach, Brahms, and beyond.

Main Stage Concerts

Classical masterpieces, unusual gems, and modern works offer a feast for your ears at every concert, while Maestro Simon’s engaging onstage talks help you connect more powerfully with the music.

Admission is free to all! Supporting members receive priority seating and priority entrance 60 minutes before concert time. Please bring your membership card with you. General seating begins 45 minutes before concert time.

The SFCO’s admission-free season is made possible by the generosity of hundreds of supporting members and the following esteemed organizations:

Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
The Bernard Osher Foundation
Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund
Walter and Elise Haas Fund

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