While we’re all enjoying the spirit of summer, we can’t forget that fall gala season will be upon us soon enough. Every year, the San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala marks the start of an epic season with the Symphony.
On September 5, Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct the San Francisco Symphony and superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman in a fascinating program that includes showpieces for orchestra, beloved film scores, and the Bach Double Violin Concerto in which Perlman will be joined by members of his Perlman Music Program [the evening’s concert program is below]. Tickets can be purchased here.
The Gala includes four separate dinners — The Patrons’ Dinner in the Tented Pavilion, the Wattis Room Dinner, The Symphony Supper and the Symphonix Dinner — preceding the concert and a fun After-Party, which is open to all who attend the concert.
After-Party entertainment will be announced soon, and no matter what, it will be a night to remember! The Opening Night Gala benefits the SF Symphony’s myriad artistic, community, and education programs, which annually reach more than 75,000 Bay Area children.
LISZT, Mephisto Waltz No. 1 for Orchestra
J.S. BACH, Concerto No. 3 in D minor for Two Violins, Strings, and Continuo, BWV 1043
GERSHWIN, Cuban Overture
GARDEL, Tango from Scent of a WomanBARRY Main Title from Out of Africa
John WILLIAMS Theme from Schindler’s List
Ennio MORRICONE Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso
GERSHWIN An American in Paris
Patrons’ Dinner (Tented Pavilion): 700 guests; price range $1,750–$10,000
Wattis Room Dinner: 50 guests; price $1,600
Symphony Supper (City Hall – Rotunda): 380 guests; price range $495–$850
Symphonix Dinner (City Hall – North Light Court): 395 guests; price range $495–$750
Concert only: 1250 guests; price range $180–$300