OPENING NIGHT GALA
09.23.22


Navid Armstrong
Jeremy Gallaher

Co-Chairs

Program
FELIX MENDELSSOHN
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(complete incidental music)

Artists
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
African-American Shakespeare Company
Anne-Marie MacIntosh, soprano
Members of the SF Symphony Chorus
San Francisco Symphony

Proceeds from Opening Night
Gala support the Symphony’s
education, community, and
artistic programs.


Join us for the 2022–23 Opening Night Gala! This year, our beloved celebration of music and community features Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus in an imaginatively entertaining presentation of Felix Mendelssohn’s jovial music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with African-American Shakespeare Company actors and surprise guest stars. 

This one-of-a-kind San Francisco event includes a red-carpet welcome leading up to an inspiring concert. Three unique and fabulous dinner celebrations surround the concert, and everything caps off with a lively outdoor after-party on Grove Street. 

To purchase dining packages, please contact Tunisha Williams at 415.503.5351, or click the links below for options and details. For corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cheyenne Tang at [email protected].

FURTHER THE IMPACT OF YOUR GIFT WITH AN ALL SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT CONTRIBUTION 

Please consider adding 10% to your Gala gift in support of our 43rd annual All San Francisco concert on September 22. This beloved opening week concert welcomes and pays tribute to many of the impactful community groups and nonprofit organizations across the Bay Area for their invaluable work in enriching our region. Visit www.sfsymphony.org/allsf to learn more.

Please note that this event is for guests 21 years of age and over.





PAVILION DINNER


5:30PM

RED CARPET WELCOME

7:00PM
CONCERT

8:30PM
PAVILION DINNER

11:00PM
GROVE STREET AFTER-PARTY CONCLUDE

Enjoy the classic gala experience with a post-concert seated dinner in a stylish tent setting, as well as the best seating for the concert. SEATING IS LIMITED. Early reservations are encouraged.

ALL PAVILION DINNER GUESTS ENJOY

  • Best seating for the concert: Loge, Side Box, or Premier Orchestra
  • Post-concert seated dinner in our stylish Pavilion
  • Grove Street after-party access
  • Name recognition on website and print materials according to level, deadlines apply
  • Complimentary parking

$100,000 package, party of ten
$10,000 individual ticket 
$96,020 / $9,602 tax deductible amount

ADD 10% to support 
ALL SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT
$110,000 package, party of ten 
$11,000 individual ticket 
$106,020 / $10,602 tax deductible amount

  • Superior seating at the concert and dinner 
  • Superstar recognition on event signage

BUY TICKETS

$50,000 package, party of ten
$5,000 individual ticket
 
$46,020 / $4,602 tax deductible amount

ADD 10% to support 
ALL SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT
$55,000 package, party of ten
$5,500 individual ticket
     
$51,020 / $5,120 tax deductible amount

  • Prime seating at the concert and dinner

BUY TICKETS

$35,000 package, party of ten
$3,500 individual ticket

$31,020 / $3,102 tax deductible amount

ADD 10% to support 
ALL SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT
$38,500 package, party of ten
$3,850 individual ticket
     
$34,520 / $3,452 tax deductible amount

  • Premium seating at the concert and dinner

BUY TICKETS

$25,000 package, party of ten
$2,500 individual ticket

$21,020 / $2,102 tax deductible amount

ADD 10% to support 
ALL SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT
$27,500 package, party of ten
$2,750 individual ticket
  
$23,520 / $2,352 tax deductible amount

  • Preferred seating at the concert and dinner

BUY TICKETS




BLACKBOX LOUNGE


5:30PM
RED CARPET WELCOME

7:00PM
CONCERT

8:30PM
BLACKBOX LOUNGE

11:00PM
GROVE STREET AFTER-PARTY CONCLUDES

Post-concert cocktails and generous bites, mixing, and mingling in our sleek SoundBox space. SEATING IS LIMITED. Early reservations are encouraged.

ALL BLACKBOX LOUNGE GUESTS ENJOY

  • Reserved seating for the concert (according to level):
    Orchestra, Upper Orchestra, Side Terrace, Premier First Tier
  • Post-concert cocktails and generous bites in our sleek SoundBox space
  • Grove Street after-party access
  • Name recognition on website and print materials according to level, deadlines apply
  • Complimentary parking



$15,000 package, party of ten
$1,500 individual ticket

$12,020 / $1,202 tax deductible amount

ADD 10% to support 
ALL SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT
$16,500 package, party of ten
$1,650 individual ticket

$13,520 / $1,352 tax deductible amount

  • Platinum seating at the concert
  • Premium lounge reserved seating 
  • Minibar/bottle service

BUY TICKETS 

$1,000 individual ticket
$702 tax deductible amount

ADD 10% to support
ALL SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT

$1,100 individual ticket
$802 tax deductible amount

  • Favored seating at the concert
  • Open Lounge seating

BUY TICKETS

$750 individual ticket
$452 tax deductible amount

ADD 10% to support
ALL SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT

$825 individual ticket     
$527 tax deductible amount

  • Preferred seating at the concert
  • Open Lounge style

BUY TICKETS




WATTIS ROOM DINNER


5:00PM
RED CARPET WELCOME

5:30PM 
WATTIS ROOM DINNER

7:00PM 
CONCERT

11:00PM
GROVE STREET AFTER-PARTY CONCLUDES

Enjoy a pre-concert dinner and refreshments in the intimate elegance of the Symphony’s own Wattis Room.

ALL WATTIS ROOM DINNER GUESTS ENJOY

  • Pre-concert seated dinner in Wattis Room
  • Premier Orchestra or Loge seating for the concert
  • Grove Street after-party access
  • Name recognition on website and print materials according to level, deadlines apply
  • Complimentary parking

SEATING IS LIMITED. Early reservations are encouraged.

$25,000 package, party of ten
$2,500 individual ticket

$21,500 / $2,150 tax deductible amount

ADD 10% to support 
ALL SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT
$27,500 package, party of ten
$2,750 individual ticket

$24,000 / $2,400 tax deductible amount

BUY TICKETS


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. Consult with your DAF or tax advisor to determine the tax treatment of contribution and any other restrictions that apply to DAF grants.


 

Sponsor



Official Magazine Partner

HAUTE LIVING MAGAZINE

 


Gala Committee

Vikrum Aiyer 

Elizabeth Allin 

Jeff Bharkhda 

Paula Ellen Blank 

Maureen Buick 

Amy Christodoulo 

Tiffany Chang 

Katie Colendich 

Pamela Rummage Culp 

Lauren Erickson

Catherine Geeslin 

Maryam Ghajar 

Ella Qing Hou 

Aditi Iyer 

Gideon Lett 

Denise Littlefield Sobel 

Gorretti Lui 

Emilie Lynch 

Thayer Meicler 

Ann Paras

Jeanette Potts 

Lisa S. Pritzker 

Trine Sorensen 

Allison Speer 

Meredith Tan 

Suzanne Taves 

Jennifer Walske


The San Francisco Symphony is honored to acknowledge all of the dedicated supporters who have made the 2022 Opening Night Gala possible.

Superstar Package

Priscilla & Keith Geeslin
Marcia & John Goldman
Jerome Guillen & Jeremy Gallaher
Diane B. Wilsey

Superstar Individuals

Eliza & Dean Cash
Roelof Botha & Huifen Chan
F. Curt Kirschner, Jr. and Nicholas Augustinos
Barry & Marie Lipman
Gorretti & Lawrence Lui
Trine Sorensen & Michael Jacobson

Aria Package

Chevron
Denise R. Sobel

Aria Individuals

Peter and Quin Curran
Thomas E. Horn

Concerto Package

Franklin Templeton/Fiduciary Trust International

Sonata Package

Chanel
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
John & Kathryn Milligan
PwC
Lisa Zhao and Jun Hong Heng

Sonata Individuals

Mrs. Karen Caldwell
Joel Goodrich
Joe Laska
Andrea Palmer & Mark Orttung
Mark Perry
Mr. Kevin Reeves
Mr. John D. Rosin
Seksom Suriyapa
Aaron Walton
Ms. Tricia Young

Platinum Package

Dr. Charlene Archibeque
Desa C. Belyea
Paula Ellen Blank
Isaac Hall
Ellie and Todd Pollak
Frederic Smith
Meredith and Nicholas Tan
Paul Upham
Nate Walz
Evan and Noelle Shahin
G2 Insurance/Lauren Erickson

Premium Package

Jerry Chen & Friends

Premium Individuals

David J. Hildebrandt & Jayne M. Williams
Betsey Schneider
Jennifer & Steven Walske

Preferred Individuals

Dr. Adrienne Barry
Lynda Boyer
Mr. & Mrs. Brian C. Bunger
Bethany Fox
Holly French
Sara Eisner Richter, Michael Richter, & Judi Eisner
Lisa Khan

Wattis Room Packages

Bill Gregory

Wattis Room Individuals

Helen A. Christakos & Constantine P. Sapuntzakis
Janet Cluff
Teri Follett
Alexander Hancock
Michael and Judy M Overfield
Ann and Jim Paras
Mary Ann Peoples
Hon. James L. Warren

Production Partners

Blueprint Studios
Global Gourmet
Got Light
Hensley
McCalls Catering and Events  

In-Kind Partners

Anton SV Patisserie
Baia
BATI & RATU, Rum Company of Fiji
Broken Shed New Zealand Vodka
Char.cuterie
Fort Point Beer Co.
Freemark Abbey
La Crema
Lovesticks dba Judy’s Breadsticks
Murphy Goode
RT Rotisserie
The Caviar Co.
The Macallan
The Madrigal
Timothy Adams Chocolates

 

(List current as of August 4, 2022)


Frequently Asked Questions

 

EVENT INFORMATION

 

What can I expect at this year’s San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala?
Expect a night like no other! Our Opening Night Gala includes a red-carpet welcome leading to an inspiring concert. Three unique and fabulous dinner celebrations surround the concert, and everything caps off with a lively outdoor After-Party on Grove Street. View the most up-to-date concert program information.  

Proceeds from the Opening Night Gala support the Symphony’s education, community, and artistic programs.

Who do I contact if I would like to sponsor the event?
For concert sponsorship opportunities, contact Rachel Kirley, Director of Individual Giving, at 415.503.5388 or [email protected].
For corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Cheyenne Tang, Associate Director of Corporate Giving & Sponsorships, at 415.503.5440 or [email protected].

How can I further my impact?
You have the option to add ten percent to your package purchase in support of our 43rd annual All San Francisco concert on September 22. This beloved opening week concert welcomes and pays tribute to many of the impactful community groups and nonprofit organizations across the Bay Area for their invaluable work in enriching our region. If your organization would like to purchase tickets to All SF, call 415.503.5394. 

What is the minimum age to attend the event?
The minimum age to attend the event is 21 years of age.

What is the dress code?
Glamour encouraged, black-tie optional.

 

EVENT SCHEDULE

 

What is the schedule of events? 
For a full schedule of events, please check here.

What time does the concert start?
Friday, September 23, 2022, 7:00PM. Doors open at different times depending on the package or tickets purchased.

What time does the After-Party on Grove Street start?
The Grove Street After-Party starts at approximately 8:30PM, right after the concert concludes.

Do all concert attendees have access to the Grove Street After-Party?
Yes, all attendees of our Opening Night Gala are invited to join the Grove Street After-Party.

What time does the event conclude?
The concert will end around 8:30PM. The Grove Street After-Party concludes at 11:00PM.

 

GALA DINNER

 

What are my Gala dinner options?
Choose from three unique and fabulous dinner celebrations:

  • Pavilion Dinner (Post-concert)

Enjoy the classic gala experience with a post-concert seated dinner in a stylish tent setting, as well as the best seating for the concert.

  • Blackbox Lounge (Post-concert)

Enjoy post-concert cocktails and generous bites, mixing, and mingling in the  sleek nightclub atmosphere of our reimagined SoundBox space.

  • Wattis Room Dinner (Pre-concert)

Enjoy a pre-concert dinner and refreshments in the intimate elegance of the Symphony’s Wattis Room.

To purchase dining packages, contact Tunisha Williams at 415.503.5351 or click the buttons above.  

If I purchased a gala dinner table, how do I submit the names of my guests?
You should have received an email from the Symphony with a link to a guest survey. In that survey, you are able to submit names of all of your guests. Please email [email protected] if you cannot find that email in your inbox. 

What is the deadline to submit the names of my guests for my gala dinner table?
You should have received an email from the Symphony with a link to a guest survey. In that survey, you are able to submit names and preferred table seating of all of your guests. Please email [email protected] if you cannot find that email in your inbox. We ask that you submit this guest survey no later than September 9. 

When will I find out my dinner seating location?
You will receive your seating assignment when you check in at the registration tent on the night of the event.

 

CONCERT TICKETS

 

When will I get my concert tickets?
You will receive an e-Ticket prior to the event. Access to the event is through E-TICKETS ONLY. Please be sure to bring your phone to the event. No tickets will be mailed.

How do I access my e-Ticket on my phone prior to arriving?
Log in to your account at SFSymphony.org
View my upcoming events
Save and display your e-Ticket barcode
As you arrive, we kindly ask you to have your e-Ticket barcode displayed on your screen or printed out, ready for our ushers to scan. For more detailed instructions, please visit the e-Tickets section at https://www.sfsymphony.org/YourVisit/Visitor-FAQs

How do I distribute concert e-Tickets to my friends?
You can manage your e-Tickets from your phone, tablet, or computer. 

  • 1.      Log in to your account at SFSymphony.org
  • 2.     View my upcoming events
  • 3.    Click on “Forward ticket to a friend”

What if I need help or have more questions about accessing my tickets?
Please contact Patron Services at 415.864.6000 or [email protected]

During the regular season, Box Office staff are available at 251 Grove Street, San Francisco from Monday through Friday from 10AM to 6PM, on Saturday from Noon to 6PM, and two hours before all performances. 

From August 8 through August 29, the Box Office has summer hours and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10AM-6PM.

 

CHECK-IN AND PARKING

 

Where do I check in for the event?
There will be registration tents located at Grove and Franklin for those participating in one of the dinners, and at Grove and Van Ness for those with concert-only tickets.

Where do I park?
All dinner purchasers will be offered complimentary parking in the Performing Arts Garage at 360 Grove Street—please confirm this on the survey you will receive after you purchase tickets. For patrons attending the concert and After-Party only, suggested parking is located at the Civic Center Garage between Polk and Larkin, and Grove and McAllister Streets. The Civic Center Garage will be open until 1AM that evening. Davies Symphony Hall is easily accessible from Muni Metro (Van Ness or Civic Center stations) and BART (Civic Center station). More information on directions, transit, and parking.

If arriving by rideshare, the drop-off area will be on Franklin Street between Grove and McAllister, just north of the Check-In Tent on Grove Street. We encourage you to allow for extra time for travel and traffic so that you may enjoy your experience to the fullest.

How do I provide my parking e-Ticket to the Performing Arts Garage?
Please present your parking e-Ticket to the attendant upon entrance to the garage. The attendant will provide you with a ticket to use upon exiting.

 

SAFETY UPDATES & REQUIREMENTS

 

Do I need to wear a mask?
Face coverings are strongly recommended but optional for entry into Davies Symphony Hall.

Are drinks allowed in the hall?
Drinks are now permitted inside the Davies Symphony Hall auditorium.

What is Symphony’s vaccination policy?
The San Francisco Symphony requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for everyone entering Davies Symphony Hall ages 12 and up and eligible—including patrons, performers, volunteers, and staff. “Full vaccination” is defined as two weeks after completion of the two-dose regimen of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or other WHO authorized COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, proof of booster shots is not required.

Visit sfsymphony.org/safety for the Symphony’s complete up-to-date health and safety protocols.