After-party at the SF Symphony's 2019 Opening Gala Photo Credit: Drew Altizer Photography

SF Symphony Announces Opening Night Gala Concert

Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony kick off their 2022–23 season with two performances featuring San Francisco-based African-American Shakespeare Company (AASC).

On September 23, Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the San Francisco Symphony in the Opening Night Gala concert, preceded by the All San Francisco concert on September 22.

Both performances feature Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed in collaboration with the African-American Shakespeare Company and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Actors from the company, along with other special guests to be announced, will perform scenes from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream interspersed between movements of Mendelssohn’s incidental music, directed by AASC Artistic Director L. Peter Callender.

The San Francisco Symphony’s collaboration with the African-American Shakespeare Company continues the Orchestra’s season-opening partnerships with other leading arts organizations from the San Francisco community following the 2021 opening week collaboration with Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Concert tickets and dining packages for the Gala are available now via