“I Could Have Danced All Night …”, sang Audra McDonald after sharing her reluctance to perform the My Fair Lady song that was a hit for Julie Andrews, Dinah Shore, Rosemary Clooney and Frank Sinatra, just to name a few. However, Michael Tilson Thomas‘s wishes prevailed and the audience was captivated by her version of the American classic on opening night at San Francisco Symphony on September 3, 2013. McDonald taught A Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man from Wonderful Town, and flawlessly belted out six more romantic ballads from the Jazz Age and the Great American Songbook.
Not only was the Symphony’s opening gala a kick-off for its concert season and a week of red carpet-style fashion and culture in San Francisco, but also a romantic date night for couples. The Symphony Supper included an elegant cocktail reception and dinner under the grand dome at City Hall. The deluxe night on the town concluded with dancing under the stars on Grove Street.
Scenes from date night on opening night at San Francisco Symphony:
Photos by Moanalani Jeffrey
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- San Francisco Symphony Opening Night 2014
- They Could Have Danced All Night at San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala 2013
- Supper on Opening Night at the Symphony 2013
- Style at San Francisco Symphony’s 101st Opening Night (2012)
- Opening Nights in San Francisco 2011
- San Francisco Symphony Centennial Gala (2011)
- San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala 2010
- San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala 2009
- San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala 2008