After the 1906 earthquake devastated San Francisco, the city focused on rebuilding all aspects of life for residents. Among the positive signs for the nation's 10th largest city was the debut of the San Francisco Symphony on Dec. 29, 1911.
In honor of its centennial the orchestra, led by Michael Tilson Thomas, celebrates with special programs for the 2011-12 season. Beginning the festivities with a Sept. 7 gala concert evening at Davies Symphony Hall, the music moves outdoors the next day with a free concert in the Civic Center Plaza.
Among other season highlights are "American Mavericks," a series of concerts featuring risk-taking composers over the last 100 years, and "America's Great Orchestras." The latter series presents guest appearances by the country's six leading orchestras from Cleveland, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles. San Francisco Symphony Davies Symphony Hall, Van Ness and Grove streets. 415-864-6000.
Photo of Michael Tilson Thomas with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2010 by Hilary Scott