In celebration of Super Bowl 50, the San Francisco Symphony has partnered with NFL Films to present “A Concert of Champions” on February 3rd and 4th. Guest hosted by NFL Hall-of-Fame running back and former Oakland Raider Marcus Allen, the events will feature selections from NFL Films’ award-winning collection, alongside the San Francisco Symphony performing the original scores live to the films.

The program consists of a selection of “NFL Films”, featuring original and highly acclaimed scores by composers David Robidoux, Thomas Hedden, and Sam Spence. Films will be projected on a big screen above the stage as the SF Symphony (SFS) performs the original scores live with the films. The films feature a variety of NFL content, including the history of the NFL, great Super Bowl moments, the life of NFL Films founders Ed and Steve Sabol, and the best of NFL Films’ well-known “football follies.” See further below for a brief description of the program.

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Concert tickets range from $35-$95, which include access to the pre-concert lobby activities in Davies Symphony Hall. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 415-864-6000, via their website, or at the box office located on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street.

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Prior to the February 3 show, the SF Symphony is also hosting a pre-concert dinner, described as “the ultimate tail gate,” serving as fundraiser for education programs that reach more than 75,000 Bay Area school children annually. The dinner is co-hosted by John & Marcia Goldman, and NFL Hall-of-Famer and former San Francisco 49er Ronnie Lott and his wife, Karen. Members of the NFL community will also be joining for this unique experience.

To preview the upcoming concerts, we asked Richard Lonsdorf, the Associate Director of Artistic Planning for SFS, about what inspired the symphony to do this event.

“Having Super Bowl 50 here in the Bay Area is a huge deal for the entire community, and as a member of this community, the SF Symphony is very excited to be partnering with NFL Films and taking part in the Super Bowl 50 celebrations. When we were thinking of how we can participate in the community-wide celebrations that will be taking place, partnering with NFL Films seemed to be the perfect intersection between sports and the arts.

It is not nearly as large a leap to connect these two as one might think! NFL Films is famous for its groundbreaking filming techniques and bringing the game to fans in a way that they had never been able to experience it before (by using, for instance, ground-level slow motion and reverse angle replays). What’s more, their films feature ORIGINAL musical scores, which is a strong testament to music’s power to help tell a story. The SF Symphony’s partnership with NFL Films is going to bring that storytelling power front and center, as the Orchestra performs the musical scores live with NFL Films’ timeless footage.

And as an extra fun fact, we have a very athletic orchestra and staff that are very excited about this event – the intersection between music and sports is by no means a far stretch! We have marathon runners, hikers, climbers, and a variety of sports enthusiasts. The SFS even has its own softball team, the Symphomaniacs. They usually try to fit in a game with other orchestras when they go on national and international tours. We are undefeated!”

San Francisco Symphony and NFL Films: A Concert of Champions
When: Wednesday, February 3rd and Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 8pm
Where: Davies Symphony Hall (Grove Street at Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA)

Conductor: Joshua Gersen
Host: Marcus Allen
Performers: San Francisco Symphony

- Gould, American Salute
- Robidoux, Molder of Men [with film] - Spence, Sabers and Six Guns [with film] - Goldsmith, Selections from Rudy Suite
- Hedden, 75 Seasons [with film] - Bizet, “Les Toreadors” from Carmen Suite No. 1
- Spence/Hedden/Robidoux, Follies Suite [with film], Dance of the Fumblers, The Commissioner, and Follie My Lead
- Robidoux, America’s Game [with film] - Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man
- Robidoux, The Champions Suite
- Robidoux, Lombardi Trophy Super Bowl Suite