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San Francisco Symphony 2017 on September 14th 2017 at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo - Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography)

Four Dinner parties, an impressive Opening Night concert program, and a dazzling afterparty: There will be something for everyone at the The San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala. [Photo credit: Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography]

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.

San Francisco Symphony 2017 on September 14th 2017 at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo Credit: Jessica Monroy for Drew Altizer Photography)

San Francisco Symphony 2017 on September 14th 2017 at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo Credit: Jessica Monroy for Drew Altizer Photography)

San Francisco Symphony 2017 on September 14th 2017 at Symphony and City Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo Credit: Drew Altizer)

San Francisco Symphony 2017 on September 14th 2017 at Symphony and City Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo Credit: Drew Altizer)

Concert Program:

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

Experiences:

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

Michael Tilson Thomas (Photo Credit: Spencer Lowell)

Michael Tilson Thomas (Photo Credit: Spencer Lowell)

Itzhak Perlman (Photo-Credit Lisa Marie Mazzucco)

Itzhak Perlman (Photo-Credit Lisa Marie Mazzucco)

Atmosphere at San Francisco Symphony 2017 on September 14th 2017 at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo - Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography)

San Francisco Symphony 2017 on September 14th 2017, at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, CA (Photo credit:  Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography)