San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala 2022

Friday, September 23, 2022 at 7pm

Co-chaired by Navid Armstrong and Jeremy Gallaher, the San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Night Gala includes a red-carpet welcome leading up to an inspiring concert, followed by a lively outdoor after-party. The concert program features Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conducted by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and performed in collaboration with San Francisco-based African-American Shakespeare Company. Actors from the company, along with other special guests to be announced, will perform scenes from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream interspersed between movements of Mendelssohn’s incidental music.

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the San Francisco Symphony

For an elevated experience, patrons have the option to reserve one of three Gala Dinner packages. Taking place after the concert are the classic seated Pavilion Dinner, presented in a stylish tent setting next to Davies Symphony Hall, and the buffet-style Lounge Supper, situated in the sleek nightclub atmosphere of the SoundBox space, with the elegant Wattis Room Dinner preceding the concert. Proceeds of the Opening Night Gala support the San Francisco Symphony’s artistic, education, and community programs. 

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony (c) Cody Pickens

This year, purchasers of a Gala Dinner package have the option of adding 10% to their Gala gift in support of the SF Symphony’s 43rd annual All San Francisco concert on September 22, which welcomes and pays tribute to many of the impactful community groups and nonprofit organizations across the Bay Area for their invaluable work in enriching our city. For more information and reservations to the gala event, please call Patron Services at 415.503.5351 or visit  


  • Concert Tickets: $225–$360
  • Pavilion Dinner: $2,500–$10,000
  • Lounge Supper: $750–$1,500
  • Wattis Room Dinner: $2,500