Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco CA   

The Herbst Theatre is a cornerstone of San Francisco performing arts, with more than 200 shows presented on its stage every year.

Distinguished as the historic site of the United Nations Charter signing in 1945, it is now the primary venue for many of the Bay Area's premier cultural organizations, including San Francisco Performances, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Music San Francisco.

The Herbst Theatre is housed in the Veterans Building, which echoes the Beaux-Arts design of the War Memorial Opera House and is also home to The Green Room.

Adorned by a series of stunning Frank Brangwyn murals originally painted for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, this 892-seat auditorium has been fully renovated and the venue now features new stage-level dressing rooms, a dedicated rehearsal space and modern performer lounge.

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, September 30 2018 12:00 PM
Listen local at the eleventh annual SF Music Day, the Bay Area’s free daylong music festival in downtown San Francisco, presented by InterMusic SF. SF Music Day showcases the dynamism and diversity of Bay Area music, from string quartets to jazz combos, new music pioneers to chamber groups steeped in musical sounds from across the globe.

Bay Area improvisers and jazz artists performing include:

Anne Sajdera Ensemble
Applebaum Jazz Piano Duo
Ben Goldberg: In Memory Of John Shifflett
Brenda Wong Aoki & Mark Izu
Brian Ho Trio
David James’ GPS
Edgar Pantoja & the Afro-Cuban Tribe
George Brooks‘ Aspada
Jeremy Cohen’s Violinjazz
Jon Jangtet
Lisa Mezzacappa Six
Motoko Honda’s Simple Excesses
Myra Melford & Ian Winters
Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo
Tiffany Austin

Contemporary Music:

Ensemble for These Times
Luminance Ensemble
The Musical Art Quintet with Lara Downes
Nomad Session
Quinteto Latino
Redwood Tango Ensemble
Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble
Splinter Reeds
ZOFO  More...

Friday, November 16 2018 7:30 PM
Brooklyn Rider

Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Nicholas Cords, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello


Iconoclastic Brooklyn Rider—which NPR credited with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble” performs a program called Healing Modes that combines Beethoven’s great String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132 with other new works written in response to it.

Healing Modes

BEETHOVEN: Quartet No. 15, Op. 132
plus works by REENA ESMAIL, GABRIELA LENA FRANK, MATANA ROBERTS and recent Pulitzer Prize winners CAROLINE SHAW and DU YUN  More...