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Can't-miss summer concerts at the San Francisco Symphony


Say goodbye to gloomy Karl and pasty White Walkers—the SF Symphony is turning up the heat with an array of must-see concerts perfect for summer.

From jazz, Radiohead mash-ups, and astronauts to Beethoven, fireworks, and Broadway, this sizzling lineup has something for everyone, whether you're a seasoned symphony aficionado or an adventurous first-timer. Plus, we all need to start thinking about life after GoT, right? The Symphony's got your summer covered.

Catch Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins' tribute to Aretha Franklin.(Courtesy of SF Symphony)

Must-see highlights include the annual 4th of July celebration at Shoreline Amphitheater—a festive outdoor performance that fills the night air with the music of Star Wars and chart-topping pop performed by renowned Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis—culminating in a grand finale of amazing fireworks.

Travel back to a bygone era with American Voices, July 5-6—a show-stopping tribute to some of the most defining voices in American music. Hear award-winning jazz vocalist Denzal Sinclaire croon some of Nat King Cole's best hits, as well as renowned Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins' powerhouse homage to the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin.

On July 11, genre-bending composer/conductor Steve Hackman leads the SF Symphony in Brahms v. Radiohead—a daring hybrid of one of classical music's most Romantic composers and the inimitable electronic/rock group Radiohead. Then on July 12, two-time Tony- and two-time Grammy award-winning Broadway legend Patti LuPone—joined by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus—ignites the stage with classic Broadway show tunes by Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, and more.

Journey to the far reaches of the universe on July 19 when the SF Symphony celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Experience a spectrum of cosmic and sonic wonders enhanced with stunning visuals on the big screen, from masterworks by Ravel, R. Strauss, and Debussy, to intergalactic themes from Star Trek, riveting blockbuster film scores by legendary composer John Williams—plus, a special guest appearance by a real NASA astronaut!

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On July 25, the Symphony goes big playing music by history's most iconic composer: the one and only Ludwig van Beethoven. Experience Beethoven's triumphant Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, and his legendary Fifth Symphony, featuring the most recognizable opening in music history.

On July 26–27, relive the hilarious and heartwarming journey of a curmudgeonly balloon salesman and an 8-year-old stowaway with Disney•Pixar's UpUp. Be a part of the world premiere with live orchestra in celebration of the 10th anniversary of this Oscar- and Grammy award-winning favorite when the SF Symphony performs the score live to film on the big screen.

With so many ways to make your summer unforgettable, what are you waiting for? Make it a summer to remember and get your tickets while they're hot at sfsymphony.org/summer.

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