Music: San Francisco Goes Big Time

A lot of little misses at Davies Hall may yet make a hit

Building a large concert hall is one of the grand gambles a city can make. The latest to try its luck is San Francisco, which opened Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall last week. Mostly the bet looks sound. Until now any big performing arts group—the local symphony, opera and ballet—had to use the War Memorial Opera House. They all played foreshortened seasons and, except for the San Francisco Opera, suffered artistically. Also, with few remaining open dates, major touring attractions often just...

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