ABS’s “Silver Soirée”

Gala guests eagerly perusing Silent Auction items

Gala guests eagerly perusing Silent Auction items

On September 21, ABS held its Eleventh annual gala, “Silver Soirée” celebrating twenty-five years of American Bach Soloists’ continued presence in the field of early-music across Northern California. This year’s event was co-chaired by former board member Jan Goldberg and Kaneez Munjee, along with Development Consultant Camille Reed, Development & Donor Relations Associate Carmen Flórez-Mansi, and Executive Director Don Scott Carpenter.

Tenor Kyle Stegall & soprano Nola Richardson

Tenor Kyle Stegall & soprano Nola Richardson singing “Happy We!”

That Saturday, the Bay Area welcomed a morning deluge of rain, but it did not hinder the efforts to ensure that our gala was perfect. Delicious! Catering added a few tents to the set-up plan and we were ready to present a very successful dinner and auction. The evening’s musical offering was just that, “A Musical Offering” and featured three ABS Academy alumni: Nola Richardson, Kyle Stegall, and Christopher Matthews, along with violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock, ‘cellist William Skeen, violone player Steven Lehning, harpsichordist Corey Jamason, and Artistic & Music director Jeffrey Thomas at the organ.  The program featured works composed by Handel, Clérambault, Rameau, and J.S. Bach.

Jeffrey Thomas; Paul & Sandra Ogden; Jonathan Dimnock

ABS Founders Jeffrey Thomas, Paul & Sandra Ogden, & Jonathan Dimmock

One of the highlights of the evening was the acknowledgement of several of the original founders who were present: Paul & Sandra Ogden, Jonathan Dimmock, and Artistic & Music Director Jeffrey Thomas.

ABS’s auctioneer Kenn Cunningham piloted both the silent and live auction which comprised: beautiful pieces of art, jewelry, wine, tickets to music, dance, and theater performances, a trip to Florence, Italy, a weekend in Southern California, and tickets to the Metropolitan Opera in NYC.

Flutist Christopher Matthews with tenor Kyle Stegall

Flutist Christopher Matthews with  Corey Jamason, Kyle Stegall, William Skeen, and Steven Lehning

This year’s gala raised more money and had more patrons in attendance than any preceding year. A truly huge success! ABS is particularly thankful to everyone who attended. If you were unable to participate, but would still like to donate to ABS, you can visit our online donor page at americanbach.org/giving.

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