San Francisco Symphony Film Series

Event has passed (Sat Jul 27, 2013 - Sun Jul 28, 2013)
Davies Symphony Hall
2pm, 7:30pm
Music, Movies, Classical Music


Edge-of-your-seat thrillers, epic dramas, and animated classics are taken to a new level when accompanied live by the San Francisco Symphony.

Jul 27, 7:30pm
The Matrix

Spend a summer night watching the cyberpunk action film The Matrix as composer Don Davis conducts the San Francisco Symphony in a live performance of his famous score, and experience the film as you’ve never seen it before.

Jul 28, 2pm
Disney In Concert: Magical Music from the Movies

Disney In Concert: Magical Music from the Movies will transport the young and young-at-heart on a musical journey featuring songs from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lion King, and more. Listen and watch as favorite Disney stories come to life through memorable melodies, film clips, and more. Share in the magic of Disney and discover anew why these timeless motion picture scores continue to enchant us all.

Half price for ages 17 and under. Group discount not available.

Jul 28, 7:30pm
Eisenstein's Battleship Motemkin with Cameron Carpenter

Named the “greatest film of all time” at the Brussels World's Fair in 1958, Battleship Potemkin, directed by Sergei Eisenstein, is considered one of the most influential silent films in history. Eisenstein wrote the screenplay in 1925 as a revolutionary propaganda film, showcasing the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when a crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against their officers. Acclaimed Organist Cameron Carpenter brings this monumental film to life, playing the score live while the film is projected above the stage at Davies Symphony Hall.

Hitchcock Week!

Oct 30, 8pm
Psycho Film with the San Francisco Symphony

Lights! Camera! Join the San Francisco Symphony for the launch of a new film series, with one of the most iconic film scores ever created. The partnership between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and composer Bernard Herrmann resulted in some of cinema’s greatest musical moments—none more memorable than the famous shower scene in Psycho. Hitchcock himself acknowledged, “33% of the effect of Psycho was due to the music.” Join the SFS and conductor Joshua Gersen for a night at the movies, as the orchestra accompanies this classic thriller live.

Oct 31, 7:30pm
The Lodger: Silent Film with Organ

The Symphony’s film series continues with Hitchcock’s early silent film The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. The SFS accompanies this little-known thriller in fittingly ghoulish tones for Halloween night, live with organ soloist.

Nov 1, 8pm
Vertigo: Film with the San Francisco Symphony

The SF Symphony performs Bernard Herrmann’s score to Hitchcock’s 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo—presented here for the first time with live orchestral accompaniment. No less a cinematic authority than Martin Scorsese praised Herrmann’s stirring soundtrack: “Hitchcock’s film is about obsession, which means that it's about circling back to the same moment, again and again .... And the music is also built around spirals and circles, fulfillment and despair. Herrmann really understood what Hitchcock was going for—he wanted to penetrate to the heart of obsession.”

Nov 2, 8pm
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The season’s new film series commences with an evening of Hitchcock shorts, accompanied live by the San Francisco Symphony, performing music by the filmmaker’s unnervingly apposite musical collaborator, Bernard Herrmann. Joshua Gersen conducts.


  1. Davies Symphony Hall
    201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA