New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony

New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony
We decided to honor the ushering in of a new decade by getting dressed out and stepping out in San Francisco.  We opted for an early dinner at Jackson Fillmore followed by a night of music at the San Francisco Symphony.  Unfortunately, dress shoes are not Sidewalk Safari compatible so we motored around the City on Muni.  I was wearing a pair of strappy sandals that look really good but are so uncomfortable that I can only stand to wear them once a year.

New Year's Eve at Jackson Fillmore in San Francisco

Dinner at Jackson Fillmore was delicious.  It's the kind of locals' place where you feel like a regular.  We had an amazing julienned zucchini salad with shaved pecorino and shaved almonds followed by gnocchi covered in cheesy goodness.  We shared the spicy snapper entree.  I really liked the spicy tomato sauce.

The San Francisco Symphony was decked out with glitz and glitter.

New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony
 New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony
New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony
 New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony


The New Year's Eve party a masquerade ball so we snagged two feathery masks.  We heard later in the evening that they had run out of masks.  If you go to the Symphony for New Year's Eve, I definitely recommend taking the elevator the balcony level and scoring a mask right away -- you'll have the best selection just like we did.

New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony


Masks in hand,  we walked downstairs to check out the Martini Brothers performance.  People were having a great time dancing to the upbeat jazz vocals. 

New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony
 New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony

At 9 pm, we settled into our seats for the Symphony performance.   The pieces were all classics with a focus on Strauss.  Violin prodigy, 15 year old Chad Hoopes, made two appearances.  The conductor, Bramwell Tovey, kept likening the performance to New Year's Eve in Vienna so it was fitting that the evening ended with the Blue Danube Waltz.

New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony

The performance ended at around 11 pm and the champagne (actually Prosecco...) started to flow.

New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony
 New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony

Tainted Love rocked out to covers from the '80s along the First Tier.  More classical ballroom music played inside the concert hall.

 New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony

As the countdown approached, everyone piled into the concert hall for the final countdown.  At the stroke of midnight, two thousand balloons were released from the ceiling and much revelry ensued.

 New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony
New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony
New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony
New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony


We enjoyed playing more name-that-tune with Tainted Love and then headed home around 1 am.  Muni was offering free bus service on New Year's Eve and everyone seemed to be taking advantage of it.  We pushed our way onto the Night Owl bus and there wasn't a square inch unoccupied.  What a way to start off 2010 -- so close to our fellow San Franciscans.  Good times.  Cheers!

New Year's Eve at the San Francisco Symphony

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