07 Oct Symphony Opening Night Gala 2019
Got Light was proud to be the SF Symphony Opening Night Gala’s exclusive lighting designer for the eleventh year in a row! In partnership with Blueprint Studios, Hensley Event Resources, and McCalls Catering & Events, Got Light transformed six unique venues for partygoers. This year’s gala celebrates and launches Michael Tilson Thomas’ 25th and final season as music director of the SF Symphony.
Perhaps the largest transformation was the Patron’s Pavilion dinner tent. Got Light assisted in the fabrication and design of eight,12,000 pound, stunning fringe chandeliers containing more than 3,000 gold illuminated pendants. The end result? A dazzling illusion of sparkling stars against a deep indigo ceiling.
Watch the time-lapse below to witness the 5 day installation of these incredible chandeliers!
The entryway to the tent was adorned with holographic fabric and a cascade of Veuve Chandeliers, resulting in a dazzling prismatic effect. While guests left to enjoy the performance, the entire 820-person seated dinner was flipped into a lively after-party including: sixteen food stations, bars, a dance floor, a stage, and a DJ booth.
Another dinner reception was held across the street in City Hall. Got Light complemented Blueprint Studios’ table linens, floral arrangements, and carpets by washing the rotunda in a soft magenta, purple, and blue glow. The room’s architectural elements were further highlighted with a mid-century teardrop design.
In the Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall turned VIP after-party, Got Light built and installed a wall of “Electric Urchin” chandeliers made up of over 250 neon glitz LED Tubes. The Havana vibe spilled out onto Grove Street, where attendees enjoyed a neon-filled block party.
This year’s gala was one of the most successful in history with over 3,000 attendees. The concert program featured Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony, soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, tenor Jonathan Tetelman and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as the vocal soloists, along with Ragnar Bohlin’s San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Proceeds from the Opening Night Gala benefitted the Orchestra’s myriad community and education programs, which provide music education to nearly 100,000 Bay Area school children each year.
Photos by Show Ready Photo