The dawning of a new year signifies renewed promise. Yet too often, our self-indulgent, self-centered ways seize this opportunity to focus on our faults: We’re too fat, too lazy, too complacent. So tormented are we by our expectations that the rest of the year can be spent in an endless battle of toil and escape. So escape to 2012 and refashion your very identity at the New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball. Here, on the heels of its 100th year, the San Francisco Symphony offers the opulence of anonymity — a festive night of mystery, elegance, and glamor captured in a masquerade ball. Ring in the new year with the symphony’s tantalizing dance program, featuring the music of Strauss, Britten, Shostakovich, and Brahms, as well as a live performance by the dancers of Dance Through Time. Pre- and post-performance revelry includes cocktails and swing music by The Martini Brothers, a 1980s-themed dance party, big band music by New Year’s staple the Peter Mintun Orchestra, and, as always, sparkling wine, desserts, and a patented midnight kiss.
Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., 2011