Street as a venue to perform. However, most of these highly talented musicians had jobs in hotels, bars, and restaurants that would keep them busy at night and the Cort Theatre was already scheduled for other performances every night. So the only option left was to create matinee performances on Sunday afternoons, which the newspapers and adverts referred to as “Wage Earners.”

The people of San Francisco welcomed this new pastime with open arms and the crowd was cheering after the first performance on December 8. 1911-1912 became the San Francisco Symphony’s first season. In 1915 during the world’s fair, the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed and San Franciscans were in awe and suddenly understood what a symphony orchestra is supposed to sound like. Within the same year the Musical Association suggested the time for Hadley had come and Alfred Hertz, a German, was hired as the new and second Music Director of the SF Symphony.

Hertz largely defined the role of the SF Symphony by touring the country with the orchestra, creating its first recording in 1925 with RCA Victor, and pioneering the broadcast of performances live on radio in 1926.

An education program started by the SF Symphony in the 1970s familiarizes children in the

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    Symphony Photos courtesy of the San Francisco Symphony.


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