Drawing new audiences at San Francisco Symphony’s “SoundBox” series

Posted on: March 11, 2015

“In two decades with the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas has become as much a part of his adopted city as cable cars, tech start-ups, and world championship baseball,” writes Yoshi Kato in Tuesday’s (3/10) Christian Science Monitor. “The effervescent conductor has both embraced contemporary works and created unique performances. His most recent venture: a weekend loft party right in the orchestra hall…. Enter SoundBox, a multilevel venue at the back of Davies Symphony Hall and the latest creative outlet for the SFS. Once a storage and rehearsal space, the cavernous SoundBox now hosts a monthly Friday and Saturday night series that’s drawing the elusive Generation Y and Millennial patrons with experimental and traditional music.… With artisanal drinks and small bites; surround sound and video projections; a variety of seating and standing options; and stages at the front, side, and center of the expansive rectangular room, SoundBox immediately became the hottest gathering place in town. The crowd at the February percussion-themed event was fashionable and energized.” The most recent SoundBox concert, on March 7-8, featured the world premiere of Nicole Lizée’s Kool-Aid Acid Test #17: Blotterberry Bursst, led by Edwin Outwater and incorporating clips from Vertigo, The Conversation, and The Graduate.

Posted March 11, 2015

Pictured: The San Francisco Symphony’s SoundBox program “Extremities,” December 2014