SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY – Opens Tonight and Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Tonight’s Gala Opening of the San Francisco Symphony features Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leading the Orchestra and special guest soloists pianist Lang Lang and violinist Itzhak Perlman. The program will open with Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid Ballet Suite followed by Franz Lizst’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major with Lang Lang. Following the intermission Itzhak Perlman will play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Opus 64, and the concert will conclude with Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

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ITZHAK PERLMAN

When the San Francisco Symphony was established in 1911, its founders sought to create a permanent orchestra for The City that would make music available to all its citizens, regardless of age, income or background. The 2011–2012 Centennial Season is all about celebrating the American orchestra’s role as a cultural, educational, and civic institution. Proceeds from the 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.

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LANG LANG

On Thursday, September 8th at 11:30 a.m., MTT and the San Francisco Symphony invite the entire Bay Area community to celebrate the Centennial Season with a free outdoor Birthday Bash concert and festivities in Civic Center Plaza, featuring guest artist Lang Lang. Also on September 8th, an exhibition titled Music for a City, Music for the World: 100 Years with
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opens at the San Francisco Public Library, showcasing historical objects and documents from the Symphony’s first 100 years. On Friday, September 9th at 8:00 p.m., the annual All-San Francisco Concert – featuring SFS Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik as soloist – expresses the San Francisco Symphony’s gratitude to more than 100 social service and non-profit organizations that serve San Francisco and the Bay Area.

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ALEXANDER BARANTSCHIK

The Opening Gala is chaired by two of the Orchestra’s most impassioned supporters, Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, San Francisco’s Chief of Protocol, and former SFS President Nancy Hellman Bechtle, with Honorary Chairs Ann and Gordon Getty. The Davies Symphony Hall concert will be filmed for national PBS broadcast on WNET/THIRTEEN’s Great Performances series and will air later during the 2011-2012 season.

The Gala celebrations begin at 5:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception for all dinner package ticket holders in the lobby of the San Francisco Opera House, the Symphony’s home from 1932 to 1980. The Patrons’ Dinner, catered by McCall Associates and designed by Stanlee Gatti, begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Louise M. Davies Tent Pavilion. The Symphony Supper and Symphonix Dinner will be held in City Hall’s Grand Rotunda and North Light Court, respectively, at 6:00 p.m. Both dinners are catered by McCall Associates and designed by Blueprint Studios.

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MTT

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Seán Martinfield
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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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