Music lovers and music education supporters gathered for the San Francisco Symphony Black & White Ball launch party at the AT&T Park on April 3.
Mostly dressed to the occasion in black, white, or black and white, the guests were treated to DJ music, prosecco, and black and white foods, like white asparagus with black truffle vinaigrette and halibut sushi with black tobiko.
Patricia Sprincin, who chaired the Black & White Ball in 2005, 2008 and 2010, returns to chair it again this year. She addressed the festive crowd with a speech emphasizing the enormous contribution to the arts education provided by the Ball.
All proceeds from this largest fundraising event support the Symphony’s multifaceted music education programs designed to serve more than 75,000 Bay Area children each year.
“I’m honored to return as chair of the Centennial Season Black & White Ball, an iconic Symphony event for the entire community, which benefits the San Francisco Symphony’s vital music education programs,” said Patricia Sprincin. “I know the experience will be unforgettable, beginning with a truly special concert by Paul Simon performing with the San Francisco Symphony, who will kick off the ball with such elegance and excitement. From our special dinners and experiences to all of the bands that make up this magical night of dancing and fun, I know this year’s Ball is going to a be one of the most exciting yet.”
The San Francisco Symphony has announced that Grammy Award-winning recording artist Paul Simon will headline the Black & White Ball this year, performing in a concert with his band and – a Black & White Ball first -- the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall on Saturday, June 2, at 8 p.m. Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After All These Years and Graceland) were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and is in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist.
Paul Simon's philanthropic work includes the co-founding of The Children's Health Fund which donates and staffs mobile medical vans that bring health care to poor and indigent children in urban and rural locations around the United States. Since its inception in 1986 it has provided over two million doctor/patient visits. Simon has also raised millions of dollars for worthy causes as varied as AMFAR, The Nature Conservancy, The Fund for Imprisoned Children in South Africa and Autism Speaks and The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation.
The post-concert party at San Francisco’s War Memorial Performing Arts Center will feature 10 bands on 5 stages, with live music spanning each decade since the Ball’s 1956 inception, dancing, food, drinks and a midnight surprise.
Tickets to the San Francisco Symphony’s 2012 Black & White Ball and more information at: www.sfsymphony.org.
Emma Krasov. Photography by Yuri Krasov