Symphony lovers and gala goers can expect an evening filled with musical surprises at The San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala. This year’s gala will be held on Thursday, September 24 at Davies Symphony Hall featuring feature five-time Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammar.
An accomplished actor in television and film, Grammar will replace the previously announced Patrick Stewart as Professor Henry Higgins at San Francisco Symphony’s 2015 Gala concert, which will feature selections from My Fair Lady. Grammer has previously performed the role of Professor Higgins in a concert version of My Fair Lady with the New York Philharmonic. In 2010, Kelsey Grammer made his Broadway musical debut in a revival of La Cage aux Folles; he was subsequently nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. He most recently starred on Broadway in Finding Neverland. Surely, we can expect Grammar to bring his Broadway chops to the Symphony Stage.
In addition to Grammer, baritone Nathan Gunn and soprano Alexandra Silber join Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra for a festive evening that pays homage to classic Broadway musicals. Nathan Gunn and Alexandra Silber perform works from Carousel and South Pacific, and Grammer and Silber perform the roles of Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle in selections from My Fair Lady. The Gala concert opens with MTT conducting the SF Symphony in Respighi’s Roman Festivals.
Opening Gala celebrations begin prior the concert with a complimentary wine reception at 7pm in the Davies Symphony Hall lobby, free to all ticket holders. Following the Gala concert, all guests are invited to keep the festivities going at a lively after-party in the Tent Pavilion, which includes entertainment from DJL!, Foreverland and The Sam Chase, and drinks and food from an array of local San Francisco establishments, such as Alta, Cadence, The Beer Hall, Sutro’s at the Cliff House, Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, and more.
Proceeds from the San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala will benefit the Orchestra’s myriad community and education programs, which provide music education to more than 75,000 Bay Area school children each year.
Patrons with any questions may contact the San Francisco Symphony Box Office at 415-864-6000.