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Monday, November 16, 2015

Get 'Yer Tickets: Family Holiday Concerts at Symphony Hall 2015

One of the great things about this time of year is the number of holiday concerts that are appropriate for kids. The San Francisco Symphony has many - and I'm going to list them here with the hopes that you'll buy tickets for some of them to treat the kids to a wonderful cultural experience and family memories. Buy tickets for any of the San Francisco Symphony holiday shows here.

Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas at the San Francisco Symphony

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
The San Francisco Symphony accompanies the screening of Tim Burton’s Academy Award-nominated film The Nightmare Before Christmas, featuring the Grammy-nominated music by Danny Elfman. One intermission.

When: Wednesday, November 25 at 8 pm
Friday, November 27 at 8 pm
Saturday, November 28 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25-160

Bugs Bunny at the San Francisco Symphony
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

The Orchestra performs iconic scores from Looney Tunes cartoons, including What’s Opera, Doc?, Rabbit of Seville, and Corny Concerto, while the original cartoon shorts appear on the big screen. Concertgoers will enjoy the antics of Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and many more screened above the San Francisco Symphony orchestra.

When: Thursday, December 3 at 8 pm
Friday, December 4 at 8 pm
Saturday, December 5 at 8 pm
Tickets: $30-$100; half price for kids under 18

San Francisco Symphony Music for Families

Meet the four instrument families of the orchestra—the strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion—and get the inside story on how buzzing, blowing, plucking, and thwacking can create incredible music. Demonstrations with their partner the Exploratorium will help examine how different instruments of the orchestra make their unique sounds.

They'll perform Dvorak's Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C major, Opus 46; Strauss' Pizzicato Polka; Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, “Finale” and additional pieces.

When: Saturday, December 5 at 2 pm
Tickets: $15-64

Deck the Hall

This festive Symphony family tradition is a holiday concert and party created especially for kids. Symphony musicians and special guests such as the San Francisco Boys Chorus, Caribbean Express, members of Beach Blanket Babylon, and San Francisco Ballet School trainees perform favorite holiday music and dance selections. After the performance, you'll 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 over 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

When: Sunday, December 6 at 11 am and 3 pm
Tickets: $42-60, plus VIP packages at additional cost

A Classic Christmas with the San Francisco Symphony

New this year, the San Francisco Symphony performs two Christmas-themed classical music concerts of works by some of the greatest composers reflecting on holiday traditions. A Classic Christmas with the San Francisco Symphony features the Orchestra’s performances of Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons, Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending and Fantasia on Greensleeves, plus Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Waltz of the Snowflakes, and holiday carols including Deck the Hall and Joy to the World.

When: Wednesday, December 9 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15-135

It's a Wonderful Life with the San Francisco Symphony

The SF Symphony’s accompaniment to It’s a Wonderful Life brings Frank Capra's holiday classic to the concert hall for the first time, including newly restored music composed by Dimitri Tiomkin (High Noon, Dial M For Murder, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington). Nominated for five Academy Awards when released, It’s a Wonderful Life has become one of the most well-known holiday films ever made. Tiomkin’s music score is regarded as one of the composer’s great accomplishments, highlighting the fanciful and uplifting spirit of the film.

When: Friday, December 11 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 pm
Tickets: $45-160

Peter and the Wolf with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra 

The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra performs Peter and the Wolf joined by stage and screen actress Kathy Najimy, who recounts Prokofiev’s charming tale. Additional songs include selections from Tchaikovky's Nutcracker, Prokoviev's Troika from Lieutenant Kijé Suite, and some sing-along family favorites like Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

When: Sunday, December 13 at 1 and 4 pm
Tickets: $15-65 (half off for kids 17 and under)

Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez Photo by Mayra Orantes

Merri-Achi Christmas: Mariachi Sol de Mexico with Jose Hernandez

The 14-piece Grammy-nominated ensemble Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernàndez returns to Davies Symphony Hall for a colorful celebration of Mexico’s Christmas traditions. They've recorded more than a dozen CDs.

When: Sunday, December 13 at 8 pm
Tickets: $15-80

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Live with the San Francisco Symphony

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Live with the San Francisco Symphony

Guest conductor Randall Craig Fleischer and vocalist Jodi Benson (the original voice of Ariel from Disney’s animated classic The Little Mermaid) lead the young and young-at-heart on a whimsical journey through 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. Benson sings additional holiday classics with the Orchestra and Chorus followed by sing-a-long Christmas carols. The decked-out lobby of Davies Symphony Hall featuring kid-friendly refreshments and Peanuts-themed activities round out this musical experience that has already become a holiday tradition.

When: Friday, December 18 at 4 pm
Saturday, December 19 at 2 pm
Sunday, December 20 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Tuesday, December 22 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Wednesday, December 23 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 24 at 2 pm
Tickets: $30-80 (half priced for kids 17 and under)

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