San Francisco Symphony Announces Holiday Concert Lineup

The San Francisco Symphony offers a festive lineup of concerts, performances and musical events for all ages to enjoy during the 2014 holiday season. Beginning on December 3 with Disney in Concert and closing on December 31 with Seth MacFarlane in Concert, the Symphony’s holiday schedule will feature dozens of performances and concerts by an array of award-winning artists, including Burt BacharachBobby McFerrinMichael Feinstein and Debby Boone, American Idol alum Ruben Studdard, and original Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday, along with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra performing holiday favorites A Charlie Brown Christmas—Live!,Home Alone, and many other special concerts.

The Symphony’s holiday concerts include programs particularly well-suited for children and families at family-friendly ticket prices. For the first time, the Symphony will present A Charlie Brown Christmas—Live! daily from December 19 – 24. Concertgoers will enjoy a festive and fun-filled journey through Christmas classics, including a live orchestral performance of Vince Guaraldi’s score for A Charlie Brown Christmas. In this special stage show, live singers, actors and dancers bring the beloved Christmas television special to life. Soprano Lisa Vroman sings additional holiday classics with the Orchestra and Chorus and leads sing-a-long Christmas carols. The decked-out lobby of Davies Symphony Hall features kid-friendly refreshments and Peanuts-themed activities.

On December 3 and 4th, Disney in Concert returns to the Symphony with A Tale as Old As Time, a magical collection of well-known music and film clips from Disney’s old and new classics – like FrozenTangled and many others. Music for Families with the San Francisco Symphony on December 6 is a special concert designed for children and their parents to learn about orchestral music directly from conductor Edwin Outwater. This interactive and fun event uses music and modern technology, including HARMONIA, the Davies Symphony Hall onboard computer, to engage with future musicians. On December 12 and 13, the charming John Hughes film Home Alone will be accompanied live by the Symphony and the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, San Francisco Boys Chorus and San Francisco Girls Chorus performing John Williams’ delightful score. And, on December 14, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform the popular Peter and the Wolf accompanied by Tony-, Emmy-, Grammy- and Oscar-winning actress Rita Moreno as the narrator.

The 60th anniversary of White Christmas will be celebrated cabaret-style on December 7 with a collection of songs performed by Michael Feinstein and Debby Boone and accompanied by their Big Band. On December 10 and 11, Burt Bacharach returns to lead the San Francisco Symphony and his band in an evening of his hit songs. The legendary composer and pianist created some of the most iconic music from the 1960s and 1970s, including pop favorites like “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose.” From December 15 – 17, the holidays get a soulful twist with the Symphony’s annual presentation of Colors of Christmas, an evening of pop hits and holiday favorites performed by American Idol-winner Ruben Studdard, Tony Award-winner Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday, GrammyAward-winner Peabo Bryson, and platinum pop-star Taylor Dayne.

During December, the lobby of Davies Symphony Hall is transformed into a Christmas wonderland, complete with towering trees decorated with handmade ornaments made by kids and volunteers from local schools and community groups. The Symphony’s holiday season culminates with Seth MacFarlane singing Broadway and jazz tunes in concert with the Orchestra on New Year’s Eve. Soprano Measha Brueggergosman opens.

Tickets are on sale now for all holiday concerts presented by the San Francisco Symphony at www.sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall box office on Grove Street between Franklin Street and Van Ness Avenue.

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENTS 2014 HOLIDAY CONCERT SEASON

  • All concerts are at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, unless otherwise noted
  • Tickets to all San Francisco Symphony performances are available at www.sfsymphony.org, (415) 864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, located on Grove Street between Franklin and Van Ness.

DISNEY IN CONCERT: A TALE AS OLD AS TIME with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Sarah Hicks conductor
Juliana Hansen vocalist
Whitney Claire Kaufman vocalist
Aaron Phillips vocalist
Andrew Johnson vocalist

San Francisco Symphony

Disney favorites come to life under the direction of conductor Sarah Hicks and guest vocalists as she leads the San Francisco Symphony through a brand new medley of music and film clips, including the newest hits from Frozen and Tangled along with the beloved classics.

Tickets: $30 – $100 (Kids under 18, half price)

BOBBY McFERRIN SINGS GERSHWIN with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Bobby McFerrin vocalist and conductor
San Francisco Symphony

Ten-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin returns to the San Francisco Symphony to celebrate the music of George Gershwin. The inventive and gifted McFerrin is renowned for his unique musical stylings and an innate ability to draw from all genres while improvising and creating new musical vocabularies. Accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony, McFerrin will perform hits from across Gershwin’s catalog, including selections from Porgy & Bess.

Tickets: $15 – $100

MUSIC FOR FAMILIES with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY: “LET’S SING!”

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2 pm

Edwin Outwater conductor

A.J. Glueckert tenor

Mary Dilts actress (voice of HARMONIA)

San Francisco Symphony

Conductor Edwin Outwater will lead children and their parents in an afternoon of exploration of famous orchestral melodies and what makes music sing. Utilizing HARMONIA, the Davies Symphony Hall onboard computer, along with other musical friends and instruments, Outwater will lead a concert that demonstrates the full range of a symphony orchestra, engaging with children and teaching about the wonder of music in our everyday lives. Ticket holders will receive a free activity guide to continue the experience at home.

Tickets: Tickets: $15 – $64

DECK THE HALL: HOLIDAY FAVORITES with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 11 am & 3 pm
Christian Baldini conductor

Beach Blanket Babylon

SF Ballet School Trainees

SF Boy’s Chorus, Ian Robertson director
Members of the San Francisco Symphony

 

A festive Symphony family tradition continues with this holiday concert and party created especially for children. Symphony members and special guests perform favorite holiday music and dance selections to engage and delight the youngest patrons. After the performance, concertgoers can enjoy entertainment, arts and crafts and holiday-themed refreshments in the festive and twinkling Davies Symphony Hall. Proceeds from Deck the Hall support the Symphony’s Deck the Hall Community Day, a free holiday concert for 2,000 children from community programs, as well as the Symphony’s music education and community programs, serving more than 75,000 Bay Area students each year.

Tickets: Concert tickets $40 – $58. Tax-deductible VIP packages from $275 – $5,000. Up to four (4) additional tickets are available for purchase with each VIP Package. Additional tickets are priced at $95 each. To purchase please call the Volunteer Council at (415) 503-5500.

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN & DEBBY BOONE SING MUSIC FROM THE CLASSIC FILM “WHITE CHRISTMAS”

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 8 pm
Michael Feinstein vocalist
Debby Boone vocalist
accompanied by their big band

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN & DEBBY BOONE

Feinstein and Boone will sing a collection of songs from the 1954 classic White Christmas and the related albums by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, accompanied by their big band. Michael Feinstein is a multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.” He is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards and performs 200-plus shows a year including shows at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. Debby Boone, the daughter of Pat Boone and goddaughter of Rosemary Clooney, is a Grammy award-winning artist who dominated the charts in 1977 with “You Light Up My Life.” Since then, she has shined as a versatile performer of The Great American Songbook who enchants audiences with her renditions of classic American standards

Please note that the San Francisco Symphony does not perform in this concert.

Tickets: $20 – $90

BURT BACHARACH with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Burt Bacharach conductor, pianist, vocalist

San Francisco Symphony

One of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th century, Burt Bacharach will perform two concerts of his greatest hits and pop standards with his band and the San Francisco Symphony with additional vocalists. Combining elements of jazz, pop, Brazilian music and rock, Bacharach created a unique new sound that was as contemporary as it was popular. His unrivaled list of hits includes “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “(They Long to Be) Close to You.” Bacharach was a 2012 recipient of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He is currently working on “Painted from Memory,” a musical theater collaboration with Elvis Costello, Steven Sater, and Chuck Lorre based on the successful album that Bacharach and Costello recorded together. Bacharach will conduct this concert from the piano.

Tickets: $15 – $100

FILM SERIES: HOME ALONE with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Sarah Hicks conductor
Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Joyce Keil artistic director

San Francisco Boys Chorus, Ian Robertson artistic director

San Francisco Girls Chorus, Valérie Sainte-Agathe music director and principal conductor

San Francisco Symphony

John Williams              Home Alone

Returning conductor Sarah Hicks will lead the San Francisco Symphony in a spirited accompaniment of the John Hughes comedy holiday movie Home Alone, with score by John Williams. Live performances by the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, San Francisco Boys Chorus, and San Francisco Girls Chorus provide the traditional carols throughout the film’s soundtrack.

Tickets: $25 – $80 (Kids under 18, half price)

PETER AND THE WOLF with the SF SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA and RITA MORENO

Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 1 & 4 pm
Donato Cabrera conductor
Rita Moreno narrator
San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra

Prokofiev                     Peter and the Wolf

Other selections           Holiday favorites and sing-along

The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) performs Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with special guest narrator actress Rita Moreno. The Puerto Rican-born Moreno is one of the original “triple threat” performers, excelling at acting, singing and dancing. Her formidable talents have been recognized at every level of the industry. Moreno is one of the very few people to win all four major entertainment awards: an Oscar for West Side Story; a Tony for The Ritz; an Emmy for The Rockford Files; and a Grammy for The Electric Company. Additional holiday music and a sing-along complete the concert.

Tickets: $15 – $65 (Kids under 18, half price)

“A MERRI-ACHI CHRISTMAS” featuring MARIACHI SOL DE MEXICO® DE JOSÉ HERNÁNDEZ and MARIACHI REYNA DE LOS ANGELES®

Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 8 pm

The 14-piece Grammy-nominated ensemble Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernàndez along with Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, the country’s first all-female Mariachi band, come to Davies Symphony Hall for a colorful celebration of Mexico’s Christmas traditions. Mariachi Sol de México has performed with Selena, Juan Gabriel, José Feliciano, Luis Miguel, Vikki Carr, Rocio Durcal, Lucha Villa, Maria Conchita Alonso, Paloma San Basilio, Emilio Navaira, Lola Beltran, Vicente Fernandez, The Beach Boys, and Willie Nelson amongst others. The music of Mariachi Sol de México can be heard on the soundtracks of Sea BiscuitThe Old Gringo, American Me, Don Juan de Marco, Disney’s The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, A Million to Juan, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. They have recorded more than a dozen CDs, including the Latin Grammy-nominated La Música,Tequila con Limónand the 25th Anniversario José Hernàndez y Su Mariachi Sol de México, also nominated for a Grammy AwardLaunched in 1994, and breaking barriers in the genre for female musicians and performers, Reyna de Los Angeles has recorded three successful albums produced by Maestro Hernandez: Solo Tuya, El Mejor Mariachi Femenino del Mundo, Compañeras, and Entre Mariachi y Corazon.

Please note that the San Francisco Symphony does not perform in this concert.

Tickets: $15 – $80 (Kids under 18, half price)

COLORS OF CHRISTMAS: PEABO BRYSON, TAYLOR DAYNE, JENNIFER HOLLIDAY and RUBEN STUDDARD with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

Monday, December 15, 2014 at 8 pm
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8 pm
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8 pm

Peabo Bryson vocals

Ruben Studdard vocals

Taylor Dayne vocals

Jennifer Holliday vocals

Herman Jackson conductor

First A.M.E. Oakland Mass Choir, Jeffery Williams director

San Francisco Symphony

A soulful twist on holiday favorites performed by Peabo BrysonRuben Studdard, Jennifer Holliday and Taylor Dayne accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony. Bryson’s soft-rock/R&B hits include the Top 10 hit “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again,” the Grammy Award-winning “Beauty and the Beast” (with Celine Dion), and “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)” with Regina Belle. R&B, pop and gospel singer Studdard rose to fame as winner of the second season of “American Idol.” Jennifer Holliday, the original Dreamgirl, is a Tony and Grammy award-winning actress known for her role in Dreamgirls on Broadway and for the show-stopping performance of “And I am Telling You I am Not Going.” Singer, songwriter and actress Taylor Dayne is one of the most enduring pop artists of the past three decades whose three Grammy-nominated hits, “Tell It to my Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back,” and “Prove Your Love to Me,” firmly established her as a popular hitmaker, and she has continued that success in film, television, and on stage.

Tickets: $15 – $93

HANDEL’S MESSIAH with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY and THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CHORUS

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8 pm
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8 pm
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 8 pm


Jane Glover
 conductor
Yulia van Doren soprano
Leah Wool
 mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan
 tenor
Troy Cook
 baritone
San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Ragnar Bohlin director
San Francisco Symphony

Handel                         Messiah

Jane Glover leads the SF Symphony, SF Symphony Chorus, and soloists soprano Yulia van Doren, mezzo-soprano Leah Wool, tenor Nicholas Phan and baritone Troy Cook in these performances of Handel’s Messiah. Jane Glover, a highly acclaimed guest conductor who has directed symphonies and chamber orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, is a Mozart and opera specialist.

Tickets: $15 – $154

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS—LIVE!: A FAMILY CONCERT with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 4 pm
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 2 pm

Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Monday, December 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 2 pm
Randall Craig Fleischer conductor

Lisa Vroman soprano

San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Ragnar Bohlin director

The Cast of A Charlie Brown Christmas—Live!

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Music by Vince Guaraldi, arranged and orchestrated by Tedd Firth

Liza Gennaro, Director and Choreographer

Dan Scully, Video Designer

Guest conductor Randall Craig Fleischer and soprano Lisa Vroman lead the young and young-at-heart on a whimsical journey through beloved Christmas classics including a live orchestral performance of Vince Guaraldi’s score for A Charlie Brown Christmas. In this special stage show, live singers, actors and dancers bring the beloved Christmas television special to life. Soprano Lisa Vroman sings additional holiday classics with the Orchestra and Chorus and leads sing-a-long Christmas carols. The decked-out lobby of Davies Symphony Hall features kid-friendly refreshments and Peanuts-themed activities.

Tickets: $25 – $75 (Kids under 18, half price)

SETH MACFARLANE, MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN and the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 8-10pm
Edwin Outwater conductor

Seth MacFarlane vocalist

Measha Brueggergosman soprano

San Francisco Symphony

Academy and Grammy-award nominated vocalist Seth MacFarlane lights up the stage in this concert of Broadway and jazz hits with the San Francisco Symphony on New Year’s Eve. Also on the program is soprano Measha Brueggergosman, whose powerful stage presence matches “a superb voice that is capable of just about anything” (Miami Herald). She will perform crowd-pleasing arias and popular songs with the Orchestra led by conductor Edwin Outwater. The New Year’s event ends at 10 pm, allowing guests plenty of time to watch fireworks or celebrate at home with friends and family.

Tickets: $85 – $195