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A Pitch Perfect Evening at the San Francisco Symphony 2012 Opening Gala

September 25, 2012
Kirsty Gumina

Music and melody, frivolity and fanfare, and wining and dining were all key ingredients to the fundraising efforts of the San Francisco Symphony as it kicked off its 101st season on September 19th.

Playing host to the Symphonix and Supper Club dinners, City Hall was dressed up in bright, playful colors thanks to the innovative designs of Blueprint Studios. During cocktail hour in South Light Court, guests were enticed with appetizers of Parsnip Feta Cheese Rolls with Cilantro Jalapeno Dressing and Corn Blinis of Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Crème Fraîche.

Suppers followed in the Rotunda and North Light Court – both equally adorned in bold shapes and whimsical color combinations. The Rotunda dazzled brightly with turquoise chairs, pebbled blue chargers and linens of chartreuse green, while North Light Court stood out in platinum with bursts of silver and red swirled linens accented with deep blue chargers. Just as vibrant as the dining rooms was the dinner itself, with scrumptious courses that included a Roasted Marchini Ranch Nectarines, Sonoma Duck Salami and Gem Lettuce Salad, Seared Filet Mignon with Smoked Gouda Potato Gratin, Baby Green Beans, and Heirloom Carrots, and for dessert, a Raspberry adorned Hazelnut Chocolate Layer Tranche.

Conducted simultaneously, the Patron’s Reception was lively with cocktails in Davies Symphony Hall and dinner in the beautifully tented pavilion also styled by Blueprint Studios. Surprising bold pops of greens, oranges, blues and reds were all throughout the tent – including the dramatic blue chandelier and the strong, but delicate, blue and orange floral wall. Attendees feasted on an amuse bouche of Heirloom Tomato Panzanella with Basil Sorbet, a California Citrus Dungeness Crab Salad, Seared Cornish Game Hen Breast with Stuffed Baby Leeks and Fennel Sausage, and a mouth watering Peach Melba decorated with Berries.

Following these delectable dinners, all guests were invited into Davies Symphony Hall for a spectacular concert conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas featuring renowned violinist, Joshua Bell. While many could have become fatigued after such an eventful evening, the celebrations didn’t stop there: a European carnival themed after-party, complete with carousel horses and street circus entertainers, ensued on Grove Street with more music, dancing, imbibing and nibbling.

A little music for your ears: All the partying goes to a good cause as the SF Symphony supports education and community programs to over 75,000 Bay Area children each year.

To learn more about this fun-filled night, take a peek at SFGate’s article:

To learn more about the San Francisco Symphony and its programs, please visit their website:

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