The Panama-Pacific Centennial Concert in San Francisco is a unique community event celebrating the music, literature, and drama of the 1915 World’s Fair. The 1915 World’s Fair celebrated the city’s restoration after the great earthquake and fire of 1906.
Schedule of Events to be held at the Palace of Fine Arts
5:00 p.m. World premiere of the film “When the World Came to San Francisco” by R. Christian Anderson
7:15 p.m. Book talk on “The Jewel City” by author Laura Ackley
8:00 p.m. Panama-Pacific Centennial Concert
The freshly renovated, historic Palace of Fine Arts – built specially for performances at the 1915 World’s Fair – will come alive with the music and arts that launched San Francisco as a culture capital of the world.
5:00 pm “When the World Came to San Francisco” by R. Christian Anderson
World premiere of an original documentary-drama celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The film pays tribute to thousands of artists, architects, designers, performers and attendees worked together to celebrate the city’s return as a great seaport and business center. The story is told through the eyes of one remarkable woman. The inside story of the fair is conveyed to the audience in a dramatic, fictionalized narrative style.
7:15 pm “The Jewel City” by Laura Ackley
This lavishly illustrated volume is a triumphant ode to the fair itself. San Francisco’s Jewel City takes readers on an in-depth tour of the PPIE, revealing the dramas of constructing the fair and the displays of culture and industry that awaited within the exposition walls: electrical home appliances, rides in a homemade airplane, a world tour of twenty-one international pavilions, luminous radium crystals, and, of course, a model of the world-changing Panama Canal. Along the way, meet famed visitors such as Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Thomas Edison, and Buffalo Bill Cody. Historian Laura Ackley’s compelling text features richness of detail, providing social and political context for the fair and insight into its legacy today.
8:00 pm The Panama-Pacific Centennial Concert
The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco (LGCSF) and San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (SFLGFB) co-produced The Pan-Pacific Centennial Concert at the historic Palace of Fine Arts. This concert features works written exclusively for and about the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the 1915 World’s Fair.
$25 event pass: advance purchase tickets
Your ticket will grant you access to each event on Saturday, June 20th – ticket holders are welcome to attend all or a combination of the events.