Michael Tilson Thomas launches his 23rd season as music director of the San Francisco Symphony with the 2017 Opening Night Gala on Thursday September 14. The world’s most acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Variations of a Rococo Theme in a festive program that also kicks off the SFS’s celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial year with the Overture to Candide, while Ravel’s festive Boléro completes the program.
The Gala Concert will be broadcast live on Classical KDFC 90.3/89.9/104.9 FM and streamed globally online at kdfc.com. Proceeds from the Opening Night Gala benefit the Orchestra's variety of artistic, community, and education programs, which provide music education to more than 75,000 Bay Area school children each year.