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, October 6 2019 12:00 PM
Experience the vitality of Bay Area music making in all its forms at SF Music Day, the Bay Area’s free daylong music festival in downtown San Francisco, presented by InterMusic SF. From chamber music to jazz, contemporary works to global traditions—the 12th annual SF Music Day brings together virtuoso musicians from across the Bay, with musical sounds that span continents and centuries. Come for the artists you know and love, and stay to discover new talents, enjoy unique takes on familiar repertoire, and celebrate the wealth of creativity from the world-class composers, instrumentalists, and ensemble leaders in our region.

This year’s all-day festival features 30 diverse ensembles performing short sets on four stages in the ornate War Memorial Veterans Building in downtown San Francisco. The 2019 edition’s theme, “Rebels and Renegades” invites each group to highlight musical innovators and visionaries in their repertoire—from any era or genre. Enjoy refreshments from local food truck vendors parked outside the hall, and sample a stunning range of music throughout the day in a casual, family-friendly environment. SF Music Day is presented annually by InterMusic SF, supporting the Bay Area music community since 1998.

Classical & Early Music
Fervida Trio
The Meráki Quartet
Brass Over Bridges
Sylvestris Quartet
Telegraph Quartet

Contemporary Music
Chordless: Sara LeMesh and Allegra Chapman
Stenberg | Cahill Duo
Patrick Galvin and Jung-eun Kim
Ensemble for These Times
Astraeus String Quartet
Friction Quartet
Keyed Kontraptions
The Dresher | Davel Invented Instrument Duo
The Living Earth Show
Quinteto Latino

Contemporary & Global Music
Melody of China
The Alaya Project
Cornelius Boots & the Heavy Roots Shakuhachi Ensemble

Jazz & Improvised Music
Ila Cantor's Encanto
Myra Melford / Fay Victor / Lisa Mezzacappa
Dee Spencer: The Smile Orange Project
Terrence Brewer Acoustic Jazz Quartet
Richard Howell Quartet
Trance Mission
Destiny Muhammad Trio
Howard Wiley & Extra Nappy
Hristo Vitchev Trio
Nathan Bickart Trio
duo B. Experimental Band  More...