SF Symphony Launches 2017-18 Season with Opening Night Gala Featuring Yo-Yo Ma, September 14!

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme

Concert is preceded by a complimentary wine reception in Davies Symphony Hall and concludes with an indoor-outdoor After-Party open to all ticketholders

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Proceeds from the Opening Night Gala benefit the San Francisco Symphony’s myriad artistic, education, and community programs

SAN FRANCISCO, JULY 27, 2017—Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) launches the San Francisco Symphony’s (SFS) 2017–18 season with the Opening Night Gala on Thursday, September 14, joined by superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma.  The concert opens with Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, commencing a season-long celebration of the composer’s centenary. Yo-Yo Ma performs two of the most beloved works from the cello repertoire–Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1Ravel’s Boléro wraps up the evening’s concert program.

The Gala concert will be broadcast live on Classical KDFC 90.3/89.9/104.9 FM and streamed online at kdfc.com. Proceeds from the Opening Night Gala benefit the San Francisco Symphony’s myriad artistic, education, and community programs.

Opening Night celebrations begin prior to the concert with a complimentary wine reception at 7pm in the Davies Symphony Hall lobby, free to all ticketholders. The evening’s celebrations continue following the concert, with an indoor-outdoor After-Party in the Tented Pavilion and on Grove Street, featuring two stages of live music entertainment, including a set by DJL!. A complimentary array of the city’s best culinary delicacies and drinks will be served by popular San Francisco establishments, including Top of the Mark, The Dorian, Palm House, Le Soleil, Maybeck’s, Alta, Sutro’s at the Cliff House, Salt & Straw, Slice House, and more.


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Each year prior to the start of the concert, the SF Symphony hosts four separate formal dinners, all beginning at 6pm, with cocktail receptions beginning at 5pm. The Patrons’ Dinner takes place in the Tented Pavilion next to Davies Symphony Hall and is preceded by a 5pm cocktail reception in the Davies Hall lobby. The Wattis Room Dinner offers an elegant and intimate experience that shares the 5pm cocktail reception with the Patrons’ Dinner. The Symphony Supper and Symphonix Dinner Party take place at City Hall and begin with a joint cocktail reception in the South Light Court at 5pm. The Symphony Supper takes place in City Hall’s magnificent Rotunda at 6pm. The Symphonix Dinner Party, hosted by the Symphony’s young philanthropists group, takes place in the North Light Court. Décor and lighting design for the Tented Pavilion, City Hall, Grove Street, and Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall are provided byBlueprint Studios and GotLight. All dinners are catered by McCalls Catering and Events. Wine for Opening Night Gala is generously provided by Pine Ridge Vineyards (Napa, CA) and Seghesio Family Vineyards (Healdsburg, CA).

A limited number of tickets are still available for The Patrons’ Dinner and The Symphony Supper. Please call the SFS Volunteer Council at 415-503-5500 for more details.

The 2017 Opening Night Gala is chaired by Priscilla B. Geeslin, with Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem serving as Honorary Chairs. Ann Paras and Joelle Benioff are Wattis Room Dinner Co-Chairs, the Symphony Supper is co-chaired by Heidi Bjornson-Pennell and Dr. Manjula Noone. Logan & Elizabeth Allin and Nicholas & Meredith Tan co-chair the Symphonix Dinner Party, and the After-Party is co-chaired by Annie Dreshfield, Cate McDonough, and Sharon Seto.

Opening Night Gala is made possible through the generous support of Patrons’ Dinner Sponsor Kaiser Permanente and Signature Education Sponsor Neiman Marcus. Opening Night Gala guest artists generously underwritten by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.


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