Celebrate the Centennial Season at the party of the year! The 2012 Black & White Ball will feature the legendary Paul Simon performing some of his greatest hits with his band and, for the first time ever, with the San Francisco Symphony itself. Davies Symphony Hall, the War Memorial Performing Arts Center and City Hall will be awash in lights and sparkling glamour, starring outdoor party concert headliner Cyndi Lauper, special guest performer Janelle MonŠe and other top name musical acts performing in the heart of the City. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!
Cyndi Lauper burst onto the world stage as the quintessential girl who wants to have fun. After more than 25 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 30 million, she has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her first album, Sheís So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy award for Best New Artist and became the first female artist in history to have five top-10 singles from a debut album. Along the way, she has continually won accolades as a singer, musician, actress, and writer. She has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, seven Emmy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards and 18 MTV awards. In 2010, Lauper released her 11th studio album, the Grammy-nominated Memphis Blues, which entered the Billboard 200 at #26, becoming the third highest charting album and the fifth top 40 album of her career. Memphis Blues also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart, ruling atop the chart for 14 consecutive weeks. With this collection of blues cover songs, she has once again reinvented herself by putting her unique twist on one of musicís most beloved genres.
Janelle MonŠe is a true 21st-century musical phenomenon, earning widespread acclaim for her compelling cybersoul sound. In 2010, MonŠe released her debut studio album, The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III), a concept album sequel to her first EP. The album, which reached Number 17 on Billboard charts, received acclaim from critics and gained a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album. A groundbreaking, genre-blurring singer, songwriter, producer and performer, MonŠe possesses an inventive style that melds a refined pop sensibility with an extraordinary post-modern mash-up of soul, funk and rock Ďní roll. Like Sly Stone, Prince and OutKast, MonŠe proves that innovative music can jam, while simultaneously inventing new concepts and sounds.
The 2012 Black & White Ball offers a variety of ways to experience one of the Bay Areaís best-loved community events, now in the Symphonyís Centennial Season. The special Paul Simon Concert + Party Pass ($350 - $375) allows patrons to start off their Ball experience in grand style with the legendary performer, his band and the San Francisco Symphony together in a special performance in Davies Symphony Hall at 8 p.m. The Party Pass ($225-$250) provides Ball entry at 9 p.m. and access to an expanded Black & White Ball footprint including all three of the War Memorial Performing Arts buildings, City Hall and outdoor stages with Cyndi Lauper and Janelle MonŠe among the 10 bands performing live music for every musical taste, a live video simulcast of the conclusion of the Paul Simon concert with the San Francisco Symphony, and food and drinks until 1 a.m. Additional details regarding venues, food, and specific Latin, rock, jazz, and pop music bands will be announced at a later date. The Party Pass is available as an Early Bird special for $225 until March 14.
Three additional VIP options are also available: beginning at 5 p.m., the Patronsí Dinner ($1,250-$5,000) will be set in a magnificent tented pavilion. Also at 5 p.m., the SF Symphony Leagueís Supper Club ($450-$800) will offer up its own swank cocktail reception and dinner in the elegant City Hall. Also in City Hall is the high-voltage Symphonix Bash, presented by Symphonix ($400-$750), the Symphonyís young professionals group. All three VIP dinner packages include seating in Davies Symphony Hall for the Paul Simon concert performance as well as the Party Pass with access to live dance music, great 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, Ann Johnson and Janet Lamkin; Supper Club Co-chairs Sam Leftwich and Cynthia Schreuder; and Symphonix Bash Co-chairs Kathryn Pellegrini Inglin and Catherine Wong.
The 2012 Black & White Ball reunites the winning leadership duo of Ball Chair Patricia Sprincin and Caterer McCall Associates. Event designer Blueprint Studios and Artistic producer Baruch/Gayton Entertainment Group make their Black & White Ball debuts this year. Wayne Baruch and Charles F. Gayton are writer and director of the 2012 Black & White Ball concert.