Opening Night Gala

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2016-17 SeasonIt’s the biggest, brightest, most glamorous party of the season! Toast sparkling wine and walk the red carpet in luxurious style—then sit back and enjoy a spectacular concert conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas featuring Renée Fleming, whose “dazzling technique and glamorous persona make her the complete package,” (St Paul Star Tribune) and “America’s favorite mezzo” (Gramophone) Susan Graham. End the night dancing to live music on the streets of San Francisco with drinks, treats, and more!

Make a whole night of it! Four unique Dinner Packages that include premium seating for the concert are available for purchase online or by contacting the Volunteer Council at 415-503-5500.

Proceeds from the Opening Night Gala benefit the Symphony's myriad artistic, community, and education programs.

Honorary Chairs
Christine & Pierre Lamond

Opening Night Gala Chair
Priscilla B. Geeslin

Wattis Room Dinner Chair
Ann Paras

Symphony Supper Co-Chairs
Ann Cavness Balajadia
Maryam Ghajar Milani

Symphonix Dinner Party Co-Chairs
Whitney Hudak
Jesse Hunt

After-Party Co-Chairs
Kuntal Goradia
Kris E. Kolassa
Cate McDonough


Renée Fleming


Susan Graham


San Francisco Symphony


Steve Reich

Three Movements


Overture to William Tell


Ballet Music from William Tell


Selection of Italian Songs

  1. Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 8:00pm

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  2. Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 6:00pm

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  3. Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 6:00pm

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  4. Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 6:00pm

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If you would like assistance purchasing tickets for patrons with disabilities, please call the box office at (415) 864-6000.

Program Support

Presenting Sponsor

PG & E

Patrons' Dinner Sponsor

Kaiser Permanente

After-Party Sponsor


Signature Education Sponsor

Neiman Marcus

Official Magazine Partner

C Magazine

After-Party Participants
The Beer Hall
Blue Mermaid Restaurant
The Caviar Company
Corridor Restaurant
Don Julio Tequila
The Dorian
Hillside Supper Club
Humphry Slocombe
Johnny Doughnuts
Judy's Breadsticks
The Market
Original Joe's
Palm House
Presidio Social Club
Spaghetti Bros.
Sutro’s at the Cliff House

Opening Night Gala Production Partners
Budget Signs
Essence Printing
Rona Siegel Fine Art Studio
Rose de Heer Design

Décor & Design by Blueprint Studios
Lighting by Got Light
Dinner Catering by McCall Associates
Promenade Catering by Patina Catering