100th BIRTHDAY – San Francisco Symphony throws free concert bash in Civic Center Plaza, September 8th

Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the SF Symphony invite The City
to celebrate the Orchestra’s 100th Season

Pianist Lang Lang joins the festivities
Complimentary treats from La Boulange Café & Bakery and Ghirardelli Chocolate & Ice Cream Shops

In celebration of its Centennial Season and as a gift to its city, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) performs during a free Birthday Bash celebration in Civic Center Plaza on Thursday, September 8th, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) conducts and pianist Lang Lang joins the Noontime concert to help celebrate 100 years of the San Francisco Symphony serving as a Bay Area cultural, educational, and civic institution.

The San Francisco Symphony
Photo, Bill Swerbiniski

The celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Classical KDFC’s Rik Malone hosting pre-concert festivities from the stage. Ghirardelli Chocolate & Ice Cream Shops will provide free chocolate squares to attendees, while supplies last, as well as free ice cream sundaes to the first 100 guests. A selection of San Francisco’s iconic Off the Grid food trucks will be on hand for guests to purchase a picnic-style lunch to enjoy during the concert.  La Boulange Café & Bakery will also provide surprise birthday treats for Birthday Bash attendees. Neighboring arts organizations will have tents set up around a balloon-lined Civic Center Plaza showcasing the vibrant arts community in the Civic Center area.



Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct the San Francisco Symphony in a program that includes Lang Lang performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major and Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. The audience will be treated to additional musical and birthday surprises throughout the event.
The concert and pre-concert activities are generously supported by The James Irvine Foundation. As Birthday Bash Sustainability Partner, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will contribute solar energy to power the sound system, as well as reusable water bottles for attendees, while supplies last.

Also on September 8th, a free exhibition – Music for a City, Music for the World: 100 Years with the San Francisco Symphony – opens at the San Francisco Main Library, showcasing historical objects and documents from the Symphony’s first 100 years. Organized by SFS Archivist Joe Evans and on display in the Jewett Gallery, the exhibition tells the story of the Symphony and its role within and impact on its city, from its formative years following the 1906 earthquake to its present position as one of the country’s most respected orchestras. The exhibition presents historic objects and documents drawn from the Symphony’s archival collections, including photos, concert posters, and programs, most exhibited for the first time. Music for a City, Music for the World: 100 Years with the San Francisco Symphony runs from September 8th through January 9th, 2012.

The Centennial Opening Night Gala and these events kick off the 2011–2012 Centennial Season – an ambitious eleven-month calendar of concerts, programs, events, expanded education programs and Centennial media initiatives. The Orchestra’s 100th season celebrates the American orchestra and its vibrant role in the community as both an artistic leader and civic institution.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.


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