Sep 8, 2011
by Catherine Bigelow
A trumpet fanfare from the balcony above the Opera House foyer heralded the sparkling and stellar centennial season celebration last night at the opening-night gala of our world renown San Francisco Symphony.
And you can read all about it, and then some (Joshua Kosman, Leah Garchik, Carolyne Zinko, Social City), Friday in The Chronicle’s Datebook section.
2,700 first-nighters inside Davies thrilled to the symphonic brilliance of maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra, with guests artists, piano virtuoso Lang Lang and master violinist Itzhak Perlman.
Among those shouting bravo: Honorary gala chairwoman Ann Getty; Governor Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust; Marcia Goldman; composer John Adams and his wife, Deborah O’Grady; former Secretary of State George Shultz; Maryon Davies Lewis; SF Symphony Board vice-president Sako Fisher and her husband, Bill Fisher; Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom; Fine Arts Museums board president Dede Wilsey (who underwrote the gorgeous green garlands decorating Davies’ Loge boxes); Mayor Ed Lee and his wife, Anita Lee, enjoying their first opening-night gala; Da Mayor Willie Brown and Sonya Molodetskaya; Joachim Bechtle; UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau; former mayor Frank Jordon and his wife, Wendy Paskin-Jordan; Paul Pelosi and Beach Blanket Babylon producer Jo Schuman Silver.