Music-loving night owls, ditch the nightclub this week because there’s something super cool that is only happening in San Francisco. SoundBox is the San Francisco Symphony’s experimental performance venue and late-night live music series taking place backstage at Davies Symphony Hall in Hayes Valley. Its first season will conclude on April 9 and 10 with the concert series, “Their Own Devices” led by guest curator and composer Samuel Adams.
SoundBox is a haven for culturally-adventurous listeners of eclectic music. The venue offers an alternative to that of the traditional concert hall experience, a bit like a nightclub-like setting, fully equipped with handmade cocktails and gourmet bites. Tickets go for $25.
For the Thursday and Friday April 9-10 shows, Samuel Adams will showcase his own work as well as that of other exciting young composers, while examining the ways in which digital culture and technology have shaped the way music is created and experienced. Samuel Adams’s Shade Studies for solo piano and electronic accompaniment is featured on the program, as well as New Voices composer Ted Hearne’s Law of Mosaics, which uses techniques often associated with pop music, such as remixing, sampling, and mash-ups.
“SoundBox is a new and experimental space for all kinds of music,” SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas explains. “The concerts will be programmed by different musicians of different generations and very different priorities. To have a space in which the audience and musicians can explore this huge swath of music together is something I’ve always dreamed of, and now we have it.”
Works by these exciting young composers are not limited to SoundBox. For example, Samuel Adams’s orchestral work Radial Play will receive its first SFS performances by the full orchestra in Davies Symphony Hall May 20-23, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
SoundBox is located at 300 Franklin Street at Hayes Street, and accommodates approximately 500 people, some seated and some standing. Doors open at 8pm; music begins at 9pm. Tickets are available at SFSoundBox.com and 415-503-5299. And don’t forget to share your experience using the hashtag #SFSoundBox on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.