Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony
The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas recently celebrated the start of the Orchestra’s second century (it’s 101st year!) with an Opening Gala Concert honoring the philanthropic support and leadership of SFS President John Goldman and wife Marcia.
The Gala concert program featured Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony and special guest violinist Joshua Bell. It included selections from Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette, Chausson’s Poeme and Saint-Saens’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, both with Bell and the Orchestra, and Ravel’s Bolero.
Marcia Goldman, Emma Goltz, Jessica Goldman Foung
With Wells Fargo the Presenting Sponsor, proceeds from the 2012 Centennial Gala will benefit the Orchestra’s myriad artistic, community, and education programs, which provide music education to more than 75,000 Bay Area school children each year.
Rebecca Miller, Matt Cohler, Stephanie Southerland
The 2012 Opening Gala, chaired by Christine Lamond, was enjoyed this year by a fabulous group that seemed to represent the new power in San Francisco: young people who work in tech, appreciate and support culture, and dress beautifully. People like Benchmark Capital’s Matt Cohler and his stunning friends Rebecca Miller and Stephanie Southerland, Zach Bogue and wife Marissa Mayer, Max Levchin and wife Nellie Levchin, Bridgescale’s Matthew Cowan and charming wife Erin Cowan, Facebook’s Libby Leffler, Google’s Orkut Buyukkokten and Derek Holbrook, the always elegant Darren Bechtel with Samantha DuVall, and others like Cameron Phleger, Justin Fichelson , Liz Curtis and Christy Kranjec.
Pamala Deikel served at the Patrons’ Dinner Chair, and the Symphony Supper was chaired by Sharon Seto. Maggie Hezelrig and Phil Spiegel co-chaired the Symphonix Dinner, and the Gala After-party was co-chaired by Liz Curtis and Annie Wong.
Lee Gregory, Sharon Seto – Audrey Sockolob
Shelia Warren – Kate Curtis
Sloan Barnett, Christine Lamond – Paula Carano
Rhonda Mahendroo – Kelly Murphy
Meg Ray – Robin Farmanfarmaian
Denise Hale, Ken Fulk – Rebecca Marty
Tanya Powell – Karen Caldwell
Yurie Pascarella, Barbara Brookins-Schneider – Ashley Horowitz, Elisabeth Thieriot
Maria Quiros – Ye-Hui Lu, Cassandra Owens, Jamie Alburger
Samantha DuVall, Derek Holbrook
Norah Stone, Norman Stone, Deepa Pakianathan – Sako Fisher
Edith Tobin – Elizabeth Carr
Erin Cowan, Matthew Cowan – Nellie Levchin, Max Levchin
Jennifer Siebel Newsom – Camille Perona