Founded by conductor Adrian Sunshine, the first concert of the SFCO took place in April 1953 in Berkeley’s Hillel Foundation. The musicians in the early years were all members of the San Francisco Symphony, which was then a very part-time engagement. The name San Francisco Chamber Orchestra wasn’t used until 1957, when the orchestra made its “debut” at the University of San Francisco under Maestro Sunshine’s direction.
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra (SFCO) Information
- Venues: The Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco, 736 Mission Street; Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Avenue; San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street; Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley, and various other venues
- Public Transportation: Varies by venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue
- Performances/Programs: Approximately nine programs and 24 performances
- Ticket Prices: Free (except for special events)
- Membership: Individual $50, Family $95. Benefits include reserved seating for all concerts, advance reservations, a “Best of Season” CD, recognition in programs and online, a monthly e-newsletter, invitations to house concerts and special events, members-only events and post-concert receptions and 2-for-1 tickets to “Classical at the Freight”.