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Opening Night Gala at San Francisco Symphony

September 22, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for a spectacular evening to celebrate the new season! Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the San Francisco Symphony in an exhilarating Opening Night Gala program that interweaves music and technology in a tapestry of heightened emotional journeys and artistic exploration. Bookending the love-sick verses of Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, here brought to life by baritone Simon Keenlyside, are Richard Strauss’s picaresque Don Juan and Maurice Ravel’s hypnotic Boléro—all augmented by cutting-edge lighting and video projections created by 59 Productions. And in Anders Hillborg’s Rap Notes, live rappers square off against artificial intelligence in a captivating collision of human creativity and technological prowess.

All Opening Night Gala tickets include a pre-concert lobby reception with sparkling wine and light bites. Gala Dinner packages include two dinner options–the seated Pavilion Dinner featuring a curated dining and music experience, and the lounge-style Symphony Supper Club with mingling, specialty bites, drinks, and performance.

Proceeds from the Gala directly support the Symphony’s acclaimed education, community, and artistic programs serving more than 75,000 people each year. Your gift makes it possible for us to feature vibrant programming and talent from around the world on our stage; inspire thousands of young people through music education programs with San Francisco Unified School District; and to enrich life in the Bay Area through our community outreach programs.


September 22, 2023
7:00 pm


Davies Symphony Hall


Opening Night Gala at San Francisco Symphony

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