BLACK & WHITE BALL – May 22nd, with Tony Bennett and k.d. lang

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The San Francisco Symphony has announced the complete entertainment line-up for the 2010 Black & White Ball on Saturday, May 22nd. Transforming San Francisco’s War Memorial Performing Arts Center into one of the country’s most elegant party venues, the Black & White Ball features a special concert and party line-up of 10 bands on five stages, dancing, food, drinks and the rollicking midnight surprise – all for one ticket and only in San Francisco. The general admission “Party Pass” is now on sale for this legendary fundraiser benefitting San Francisco Symphony’s acclaimed music education program for elementary schools, Adventures In Music.

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TONY BENNETT and k.d. lang

“The San Francisco Symphony’s Black & White Ball is an unforgettable experience for music and fun lovers around the Bay Area and across the nation,” commented Sprincin. “It’s a glamorous night of fashion, music, food and fun for a great cause, benefitting the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music education program, which provides comprehensive music education to every single child in grades 1 through 5 of San Francisco’s public elementary schools. What a fun way for everyone to get involved in the excitement and the experience of the Black & White Ball.”

ROBERT FOUNTAIN
The San Francisco Symphony has tapped acclaimed event designer Robert Fountain as producer for the 2010 Black & White Ball. Robert Fountain has designed dozens of major events and remains the only event designer in San Francisco history to do all three opening night galas – the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet – in the same season. The fall of 2003 saw him design the opening night galas for both the San Francisco Symphony and Opera within days of each other. Robert’s inspired work is also seen across the country at events for both private individuals and corporate clients, and Robert can also frequently be seen on local and national TV shows as a design and lifestyle expert.

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ROBERT FOUNTAIN

2010 BLACK & WHITE BALL EXPERIENCES

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DJ Mei-Lwun

The 2010 Black & White Ball offers a variety of ways to experience one of the Bay Area’s best-loved community events. The special Tony Bennett & k.d. lang Concert + Party Pass ($325) allows patrons to start off their Ball experience in grand style with two legendary performers on stage in Davies Symphony Hall. The Party Pass alone ($200) provides Ball entry at 9 p.m. and access to all five Performing Arts Center venues and outdoor stages for live dance music, food and drinks until 1 a.m.

Three additional VIP options are also available: beginning at 5 p.m., the Patons’ Dinner ($1000 – $2500) take place in a magnificent tented pavilion. Also at 5 p.m., the SF Symphony League’s Supper Club ($375-$600) will offer up its own swank cocktail reception and dinner in the elegant Veterans Building Green Room.

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DJ Sam Isaac

The high-voltage Bash Beyond the Ball, presented by Symphonix ($375-$600), the Symphony’s young professionals group, follows the Tony Bennett and k.d. lang concert in a transformed Veteran’s Building Green Room. All three VIP dinner packages include seating in Davies Symphony Hall for the Tony Bennett and k.d. lang concert performance as well as the Party Pass with access to live dance music, food and drinks until 1 a.m.

Patricia Sprincin, community charity advocate extraordinaire, leads a distinguished committee of Bay Area volunteers including Patrons Dinner Co-chairs Lydia Beebe and Patricia C. Dunn, Supper Club Co-chairs Tori Brant and Trish Otstott, and Bash Beyond the Ball Co-chairs Gwyneth Borden and Bob Perun.

VOTE FOR PATRICIA SPRINCIN’S GOWN
Choose the best look from three exquisite Colleen Quen designs:

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Click on the photo to vote on-line for your choice.
[Editor's Note: SanFranciscoSentinel.com prefers Gown #3.]

Who will win the Battle of the DJs for the chance to spin for thousands of revelers before party headliners Kool & The Gang “Get Down On It”?! Will it be DJ Solomon, DJ Sam Isaac, or DJ Mei-Lwun? Make your mark on The 2010 Black & White Ball with “Build Your Own Ball.”  What delicious food do you want to taste from legendary caterer McCall Associates? Will Chairman Patricia Sprincin appear in Gown #3?  You be the judge and help build the Ball. Voting for the San Francisco Symphony’s Build Your Own Ball elements ends on Thursday, April 22nd.
Vote now: Build Your Own Ball 2010

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DJ Solomon

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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”, which is being prepared for publication. 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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