San Francisco’s top fall cultural festivities are almost here. The Opera Ball Sept. 7 launches San Francisco Opera’s 85th season, its first full season under General Director David Gockley, and the San Francisco Symphony’s 96th season Opening Gala Sept. 19 features the sublime pairing of Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and soprano Renée Fleming.

Patrons of both events already are celebrating the arts season. Last week, the San Francisco Symphony Patrons’ Tasting at McCall Associates included on its guest list gala chair Margaret Liu Collins as well as board president John Goldman, dinner chair Anita Wornick, Barbara Brookins-Schneider and Laura King Pfaff.

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