San Francisco society turns out for symphony gala

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One of the city’s most glamorous affairs, the San Francisco Symphony kicked off its 25th and final season under music director Michael Tilson Thomas with its Opening Night Gala on Wednesday night.

As they do every year, patrons brandished their most beautiful and stunning garments for the event.

Concertgoers arrived early to walk the red (pink this year) carpet for a cocktail reception that began at 5 pm. Afterward, the symphony held four separate dinners before the concert started at 8 p.m.

Tilson Thomas walked into the auditorium to a standing round of applause. After leading everyone in a rendition of “God Bless America,” he commenced the program for the night. The concert program included Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila, Britten’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Purcell, and a finale from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9: Ode, “To Joy”

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen will replace Tilson Thomas after he retires at the end of the symphony’s season.

Upon the conclusion of the concert, patrons were welcome to attended an after-party that continued the festivities late into the night.

Click through the slideshow above for some of the fashions and memorable moments from the San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala

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