San Francisco Ballet Gala Chair Kathy Huber
Angelo Greco in Petipa’s Le Corsaire. (© Erik Tomasson)
Maria Kochetkova in Bournonville’s La Sylphide. (© Erik Tomasson)
San Francisco Ballet Gala Committee: Jane Gazzola, Laura Miller, Rada Brooks, Andi Valo Espina, Lori Harmon, Catherine Bergstrom, Monica Moscoso, Kathy Huber, Claire Kostic, Betsy Linder, Ali Siever, Pam Zaragoza, Christine Desanze, Carolyn Koenig and V’Anne Singleton
Marlene Tomassen and Helgi Tomassen
Yasunobu Kyogoku and Reiko Kyogoku
Kristi Yamaguchi with ENCORE! Gala Chair Kelcie Lee \
Rupal Patel and Jayson Johnson
Angelique Meckley and James Queeney
Charlotte Shultz and George Shultz
San Francisco Ballet set the bar[re] for formal events in 2018 with its Celestial Opening Night Gala on January 18. Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson presented a Gala program of nine classical and contemporary works highlighting the company’s 85th repertory season onstage at the War Memorial Opera House.
The festivities began at 5 pm with a cocktail reception in the Van Ness lobby of City Hall for guests of the Grand Benefactor, Benefactor, and Patron dinners. Dinners started at 6 pm in the Rotunda, Mezzanine, and North Light Court. Meanwhile, ENCORE!, the Ballet’s social and networking group of young professionals, hosted a cocktail buffet in the South Light Court.
Inside City Hall, the grand dome transformed into a night sky for the celestial theme. Purple velvet and royal blue silk clothes with decadent floral arrangements covered the tables. Outside, as guests made their way across the street for the performance, Mother Nature added her touch of romance and drenched the party with rain.
Post-performance, the exciting After Party featured live music by Pop Rocks, the Ruth Davies Trio, and DJ Chris Clouse at City Hall.
Scenes from a Celestial Opening Gala for San Francisco Ballet:
Kara Roell and Charles Roell
Camille Bently and Christopher Bently
San Francisco Ballet Gala Dinner Chair Betsy Linder
Michael Mauze and Alison Mauze
Clint Reilly and Janet Reilly
Margo Gopal and Isaac Hall
Tiffany Lockridge and MIles Woodlief
Rada Brooks and Kent Brooks
Gievry Shaw and Bob Shaw
ENCORE! Gala Committee Members Daniel Cassell, Vanessa Jean-Baptiste, Jacqueline Barrett, Kelcie Lee, Jamie Taylor and Gary Williams
San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala: Celestial on January 18th 2018 at City Hall
Photos by Megan Bayley and Drew Altizer for Drew Altizer Photography
Highlights of San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 Season include Unbound: A Festival of New Works, 12 new works by the same number of innovative, international choreographers. An all-Robbins program will celebrate the centennial of Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein; and performances of Neumeier’s acclaimed Nijinsky by The National Ballet of Canada.
Red Carpet Bay Area Salutes the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Gala Committee
Gala Chair: Kathryn A. Huber
Dinner Chair: Betsy A. Linder
Décor Chair: Catherine Bergstrom
ENCORE! Gala Chair: Kelcie Lee
ENCORE! Gala Vice Chair: Jamie Lee Taylor
Related: The Red Carpet Scene on Opening Night