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Heart of the Golden West: A Celebration of Music from and about San Francisco

Sat, Mar 9, 3:00 pm PST

Artwork copyrighted by Sergio Giovine

Join the Official Band of San Francisco for a concert celebrating music about our beautiful City by the Bay and by composers who called it home. Hear stunning and diverse musical selections from traditional marches, new music for concert band, jazz, show music, and even a musical depiction of a ride on the Powell-Hyde cable car in the 1890s. We’ll share fascinating stories and facts along the way. 

Our program includes the world premiere of Cobra, a new piece composed by our Composer-in-Residence, Mattea Williams, who you can read more about here. It will feature the San Francisco premiere of Awakening, by Roger Zare also from our Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC) Commission Program. 

Several pieces in the program are long-lost treasures that have been brought back to life by the efforts of music historians and premiered by the Band. 

Our full program includes:

  • Cobra (Mattea Williams)*
  • Awakening (Roger Zare)*
  • San Francisco Suite – Mauve Decade (Ferde Grofé, arr. Kevin Tam) 
  • Suite Francaise (Darius Milhaud, arr. Higgins) 
  • A Tribute to Dave Brubeck (Patrick Roszell)
  • Flower of Youth (Roger Nixon)
  • Shoonthree (Henry Cowell)
  • Dawn of Freedom (Nancy Bloomer Deussen)
  • Friml Favorites (Rudolf Friml, compiled by Grofé, arr. Leidzén)
  • Linus and Lucy (Vince Guaraldi, arr. Clark)
  • Panama-Pacific Expo March (Al Pinard, arr. Philip Orem)
  • San Fran Pan American (Joel P. Corin, arr. Philip Orem)

*SFLGFB Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC) Composer Program Commissions

Get Tickets

Tickets are open seating: $20 general admission, $15 for students and seniors.


Click here to reserve a ticket online from City Box Office.

Cost: [base price of $20 or $15] + $2.75/ticket + $1.00/order Customer Service Charge

In Person

The box office at Herbst Theatre will be open 60 minutes prior to the performance for in-person sales! (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and cash only).

Cost: [base price of $20 or $15]

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Getting There


Herbst Theatre recommends booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app. Other parking options are suggested below:


Herbst Theatre is a short walk from the Civic Center BART and MUNI stations as well as the Van Ness MUNI station. MUNI’s 49 bus line runs along Van Ness and passes directly by the theater; the 5 bus runs along McAllister and passes the theater.

Health and Safety Information

The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band takes Covid-19 seriously. See the band’s full Health & Safety Plan for more information.

For Heart of the Golden West, the SFLGFB follows CDPH guidance for the current community transmission level at the venue.  At time of writing, recommendations are as below; they are subject to change as the situation and guidance evolves.

  • Masking.  It is strongly recommended that all audience members are vaccinated against COVID and up-to-date per eligibility criteria for COVID vaccination.  Audience members can wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by their own personal level of risk.  Members of vulnerable populations should consider masking with a mask that provides the best fit and filtration.
  • Symptom status.  Prospective audience members who are symptomatic are asked to stay home until 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • Post-Concert Notification.  Audience members are encouraged to notify the Band at covid@sfprideband.org if they experience COVID-like symptoms or test positive for COVID within 7 days after attending.


Sat, Mar 9
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band
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Herbst Theater
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
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