Michael & Rose
Joanne and Meyer
The music of Prokofiev opened with renowed pianist Yefim Bronfman performing Prokofiev's popular Piano Concerto No. 3. The concert also featured the Suite from The Love for Three Oranges, the opera completed just prior to the Concerto No. 3, both of which premiered in Chicago in 1921. The program concluded with the Suite from Romeo and Juliet, the ballet from which Prokofiev later excerpted two orchestral suites and a set of ten piano pieces.
Immediately following the Opening Night performance, guests and festival artists were whisked to the lobbies of the War Memorial Veteran's Building, which was transformed for a magnificent after-party for partygoers to indulge in dining, live entertainment and dancing until midnight.
The setting was a true dreamscape fantasy land inspired by Prokofiev's fairy tale opera The Love for Three Oranges. Guests were surrounded by rich colors and awe-inspiring artists from the Velocity Circus Troupe. There was also the opportunity to explore, gather, or hide amidst sensory installations, dance underneath the night sky, or relax in private lounges in the lobbies.
Net proceeds from Opening Night benefited the San Francisco Symphony and its education and community programs.