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Friday, December 12, 2014

San Francisco Symphony Debuts Alternative Performance Venue: SoundBox

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 8:10 AM

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In a city where sleek buildings run aplenty, it can be hard to think that a new music/bar/performance space could stand out among the competition. But it does. The San Francisco Symphony is set to open SoundBox, its own late-night music and performance venue — complete with craft cocktails.

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Equal parts lounge, experimental art space, and world-class symphony home, SoundBox just might be the one of the most exciting openings of the year. Cozier than the symphony hall (SoundBox reaches capacity at around 400 patrons, Davies Symphony Hall caps out at over 2,700) and much more relaxed (two words: full bar) its aim is to provide patrons with a much more intimate experience.

And in addition to the classics that we've come to expect from the symphony, SoundBox plans to host multi-media installations and collaborations with artists like John Cage and Meredith Monk, along with other edgier artists.

Billed as "[a] new place for people who love music," the simplicity of this statement gets straight to the point: a genuinely unique space to be able to enjoy one of life's greatest pleasures, the arts.

Because what's not to love while sitting back and listening to beautiful music with a drink in hand? And while first and foremost, it's a performance venue — with drinks such as The Beating Heart (mezcal, tequila, Royal Combier, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and Peychaud bitters) and the Air in G (gin, prickly pear puree, cucumber, lemon juice, and simple syrup), it 
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 seems clear that the bar program was no afterthought. Throw in a side of spicy avocado plantain chips or truffle scented popcorn, and this just might be turning into a new favorite spot.

SoundBox opens its doors on Dec. 13 with Extremities, at 9 p.m., curated and directed by the San Francisco Symphony's Music Director, Michael Tilson Thomas. Soundbox is located at 300 Franklin St., S.F. Visit sfsoundbox.com
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