When you think of the symphony, you probably imagine a bunch of distinguished men and women playing classical music. Well, that’s … pretty accurate. But the San Francisco Symphony is all that and more—and the summer season offers plenty reasons to attend, whether or not you can tell your Schubert from your Stravinsky. Summer & The Symphony is designed to attract both symphony newbies and lifelong fans. Not to mention the fact that it’s a great place to take and impress your dates. Here are some of the highlights—

  • On June 25 and 26, the eclectic Pink Martini starts the season off with a concert alongside the Symphony and a CD signing. Tickets start at $30, and this is an official event of San Francisco Pride.
  • Broadway legend Bernadette Peters returns to Davies Symphony Hall on June 27 to sing showtunes and share her stories. Tickets start at $20, and this is also an official event of San Francisco Pride.
  • Head to the Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 4 for a unique (and appropriately patriotic) program, featuring narration by “Star Trek” alum George Takei. Also, fireworks! Tickets start at $13.50.
  • On July 17, you can check out “Bugs Bunny on Broadway,” with the San Francisco Symphony playing the scores to the original Bugs Bunny cartoons live. This is a great chance to force your young’uns to Davies Symphony Hall—kids under 17 are half-price! Regular tickets start at $30.
  • If your kids are too old for Bugs Bunny, maybe you can tempt them with “Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy” on July 18. That’s the video game, not the band. Tickets start at $30.
  • The season’s finale is on July 24. Look forward to classic Gershwin and a reading by James Earl Jones. Tickets start at $20.

You can view the full schedule on the Symphony’s website, and keep checking here for more updates as the summer progresses. Remember, saying that you’re going to Davies Symphony Hall makes you sound really important. You don’t have to tell people it’s for Bugs Bunny.

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