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Celebrating the Season Openings of the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Opera

September 22, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

The city of San Francisco was abuzz as the Fall Arts Season kicked off with a “WOW!” hosting Opening Nights for both the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Opera.

This year’s Symphony Gala marked its 100th Anniversary , and all the stops were pulled out to ensure it was more phenomenal than years past.   For the first time, all levels of the Symphony family gathered together in the Opera House, mixing and mingling during cocktail hour.  The Symphonix and Supper Club members headed to City Hall for dinner, where Blueprint Studios decked out the Rotunda and North Light Court. Guests dined on a Salad of Black Mission Figs and Prosciutto, Butter Poached Maine Lobster and Birthday Cake.  The Patrons supped on Franklin Street where Stanlee Gatti created a sexy supper club, using more than 8,000 feet of platinum fabric to adorn the tent.  Patrons enjoyed Caviar and Egg Mousseline, Lobster Medallion, Seared Squab, Chocolate Cake and Traditional Cherries Jubilee.  Two highlights of the evening were the very special, star-studded performances by pianist Lang Lang and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Less than 48 hours later, was opening night for the San Francisco Opera and they were not to be outdone.   Inspired by Turandot, Robert Fountain built a scene right out of the Royal Court of the Lost City, creating a tent lined with rich, deep red fabric and luminous lanterns.  Guests were dressed in royal splendor, and were treated to a meal of equal caliber, feasting on a Salad of Mosaic Beets, Filet Mignon with Morels and decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Both perfectly choreographed galas raised funds for musical education and programs throughout the Bay Area.  We had such a fantastic time being a part of something so wonderful, that we’re already looking forward to next year!

Photography Drew Altizer http://www.drewaltizer.com/
Read More:  SFGate Symphony, SFGate Opera