San Francisco Symphony Opening Night 2014
Yuja Wang, Bonnie Raitt, Lisa Goldman and Michael Tilson Thomas
Gorretti Lui in Oscar de la Renta at San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Gala 2014
San Francisco Symphony Gala Chair Lisa Goldman
Yuja Wang in a gown by Rosemarie Umetsu
San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas kicked off their 20th season together with an Opening Night Gala for a capacity crowd of 2,741 supporters on September 3rd. Singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt, a longtime friend of MTT, made her début with the Orchestra performing selected works from the American songbook of her father, Broadway singer John Raitt. Pianist Yuja Wang, a young artist championed by MTT for nearly a decade, joined the Orchestra to do Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Wang was beautiful to watch in a sequined and sheer gown that turned into a short dress after her performance. Her melodic version of Rhapsody waved and dripped from her fingers in a delightful ragtime style. Bonnie Raitt charmed in her signature black tuxedo style and with her pleasing throaty renditions of vintage songs. That’s my Weakness Now, a hit from 1928, was especially entertaining with its clever lyrics and boop-boop-a-doop melodies.
Lisa Goldman chaired the opening night gala event with Eliza Cash and Goretti Lui as co-chairs for the Patrons Dinner.
Scenes from the Patrons Dinner and Reception on San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Night:
Sako Fisher at the San Francisco Symphony Gala
Dean Cash and Eliza Cash
Paula Carano in Vera Wang at the San Francisco Symphony Gala
Paula Pretlow in Oscar de la Renta
Ellen Newman, John Newman
Maria Manetti Shrem
Elizabeth Fullerton with Composer Mason Bates
Rachel Bowman, Staci Cole, Nicole Curran
John Thompson and Sandi Thompson
Brenda Wright, Steve Bowdry
Marcia Goldman, Magdalena Cabrera
Photos by Moanalani Jeffrey Photography
See Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of the Symphony Supper and Symphonix Dinner on opening night. Also, Red Carpet Bay Area’s salute to eight women who attended both the San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala and Opera Ball in grand red carpet style.
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