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OPENING NIGHT GALA
IN HONOR OF SAKURAKO & WILLIAM FISHER

Wattis Room Dinner

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 

This elegant black-tie evening begins with cocktails in Davies Symphony Hall alongside Patrons’ Dinner attendees, followed by an intimate dinner in the Wattis Room, the Symphony’s private dining room. Main floor seating is yours at Esa-Pekka Salonen’s inaugural concert as Music Director. Joining him and the Orchestra on Opening Night are the Symphony’s eight Collaborative Partners: Nicholas Britell, Julia Bullock, Claire Chase, Bryce Dessner, Pekka Kuusisto, Nico Muhly, Carol Reiley, and Esperanza Spalding. The exuberance ends with an After-Party of live music, dancing, and signature cocktails and bites from renowned restaurants across the Bay Area 

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

To purchase via phone, call the Volunteer Council at 415.503.5500.


Event Timeline:




  • Reception       5pm


    Dinner              6pm



  • Concert           8pm 

    After-Party     10pm


  1. Wattis Room Dinner
    $1,800 individual ticket

  2. Tax-deductible amount: $1,500


                      Buy Tickets

  • Parking in the Performing Arts Garage
  • Cocktail Reception in Davies Symphony Hall
  • Formal Seated Dinner in Wattis Room
  • Main Floor Seating for Concert
  • Access to the After-Party
  • Listing in the concert program, if order is received
    by July 27, 2020


Black tie attire. Must be 21 or older to attend. 

Dinner tickets will be mailed out approximately 2 weeks before the event.

Ticket exchange and group discount not available.


As you may know, the IRS has not yet issued guidance governing contributions from Donor Advised Funds. The sector “best practices” regarding grants from Donor Advised Funds, Private/Family Foundations, and Corporate Foundations have been evolving. Individual donors are not able to accept benefits in return for contributions made from a Donor Advised Fund. In effect, this means the Symphony is no longer permitted to offer benefits such as tickets to concerts/events and meals in exchange for such contributions. 

The Symphony would be happy to accept payment directly from the individual/corporation for the published price of the event, and offer name recognition in programs and other materials based on the total amount received, including any additional gift from the Donor Advised Fund or Foundation. Please contact your Foundation, Donor Advised Fund or other professional advisors for guidance on your specific situation.