San Francisco Symphony Opening Night 2017

The red carpet scene on opening night at San Francisco Symphony:

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas launched the San Francisco Symphony 2017–18 season with a spectacular concert and gala featuring superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma on September 14, 2017. Opening night celebrations included pre-performance cocktail receptions and dinners and a lively afterparty.

What I like most about the Symphony Opening Night Gala is that it is inclusive rather than exclusive. All ticketholders are welcomed with warm hospitality throughout the evening. Complimentary wine flowed starting at 7 pm in Davies Symphony Hall. Immediately following the concert program that included Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1, and an unforgettable and dramatic Ravel’s Boléro, all spirits flowed freely.

The indoor-outdoor afterparty brought two stages of live music entertainment, including a set by DJL!. Some of San Francisco’s best restaurants and bars such as Top of the Mark, The Dorian, Palm House, Le Soleil, Maybeck’s, Alta, Sutro’s at the Cliff House, Salt & Straw, and Slice House served party-time favorites.

Scenes from opening night at San Francisco Symphony:

Did you catch Red Carpet Bay Area’s live Facebook videos from the event? Click here for our photos during intermission and at the afterparty.

Red Carpet Bay Area salutes the San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala Committee:

Gala Chair: Priscilla B. Geeslin
Honorary Chairs: Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem
Wattis Room Dinner Co-Chairs: Ann Paras and Joelle Benioff
Symphony Supper Co-chairs: Heidi Bjornson-Pennell and Dr. Manjula Noone
Symphonix Dinner Party Chairs: Logan & Elizabeth Allin and Nicholas & Meredith Tan
After-Party Co-chairs: Annie Dreshfield, Cate McDonough, and Sharon Seto

The Red Carpet Bay Area team that captured the action:

Photos by Drew Altizer, Jana Asenbrennerova, Andrew Caulfield, Jessica Monroy, Devlin Shand, Tara Stevens, Vasna Wilson for Drew Altizer Photography

Jeffrey Hipona and Vivi Andrijani for Red Carpet Bay Area

— Related — Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of past San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala events:

201620152014201320122011201020092008