“Into the Woods” for a Celebration of Music, Wine, and Food

On Sunday, January 29, a group of ABS enthusiasts gathered at the St. Francis Wood home of Nancy Quinn & Tom Driscoll for “Into the Woods,” our annual celebration of music, wine, and food.

Mindy Ella Chu sang works by Purcell and Lawes

The afternoon began with a special concert previewing the 2017 Festival & Academy, “English Majesty.” Mezzo-soprano Mindy Ella Chu, known to ABS audiences for her dazzling performance in last summer’s North American premiere of Handel’s Parnasso in festa, joined a chamber group of ABS musicians in selections from Handel’s Water Music, several English songs, and Johann Christian Bach’s Sonata in D. This intimate concert took place in the grand, richly decorated living room of Tom & Nancy’s San Francisco home, offering sweeping views of the city and a truly memorable concert experience.

An extraordinary flight of wines from Bordeaux

The celebration then migrated to Tom & Nancy’s sensational wine cellar. Tom, a notable connoisseur, selected a flight of six French wines from his private collection for the group to enjoy, including a velvety 1998 Bordeaux and, the star of the show, a beautifully golden 1986 Sauternes. All six wines were paired with small bites from Delicious! Catering, the company of long-time ABS supporter Jan Goldberg. The food and wine served as a splendid backdrop to lively conversation among our supporters, musicians, and staff, once again making “Into the Woods” a resounding highlight of our year.

Master wine connoisseur, Tom Driscoll, readies a bottle of an exquisite 1986 Sauternes

Tickets to “Into the Woods” are available every year at our annual fundraising gala in the fall. This year’s gala, “Sparkle 2017,” will be held at San Francisco’s James Leary Flood Mansion on Saturday, September 23, 2017. For tickets and more information, please visit americanbach.org/gala.