Coming up: The annual ABS Gala, September 20

Win great items in the ABS silent auction

Win great items in the ABS silent auction

On Saturday, September 20, the generous supporters of ABS, along with the board, staff, and musicians, will gather at St. Stephen’s Church in Belvedere for a festive night of wine, food, friends, and music. The theme for this year’s gala is “A Red Carpet Evening,” and the glamorous affair will celebrate the dawn of a new quarter-century of ABS presentations.

More than 50 silent auction items are available for viewing on the gala website where you can get acquainted with them and then place your bids at the gala. Choose from a selection of fine wines; music, theater, and sporting event tickets; works of art; jewelry; and other treasures.

Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin

Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin

ABS violinist Tatiana Chulochnikova (Academy, class of 2010) and ABS stalwarts Tanya Tomkins (violoncello), Steven Lehning (viola da gamba), and Music Director Jeffrey Thomas (harpsichord) will present a musical program of popular Baroque delights. Drawing from the works of Bach, Corelli, and Vivaldi, this quartet of artists will perform several favorite melodies, including one with a twist. Everyone knows Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor, but have you ever heard it as a transcription for solo violin in A minor? Chulochnikova will perform the transcription along with Bach’s Violin Partita No. 3 in E major to open the concert.

Casa Piazza in Manzanillo, Mexico.

Auction item 107: A week at Casa Piazza in Manzanillo, Mexico.

This musical program will set the tone for an elegant dinner by Delicious! Catering and a live auction. Who will win the week at Casa Piazza in Manzanillo, Mexico? Who will enjoy the opportunity to make sausages with baritone Mischa Bouvier? Who will step in to conduct the “Hallelujah chorus” during rehearsals for ABS’s performances of Handel’s Messiah in December? And then there is that annual question: who will take home “Hank’s Tie” for the coming year? Come to the gala and find out.

Join fellow ABS supporters as we promenade along the red carpet and raise support for ABS. Black tie dress is encouraged, but not required. Remember, all funds go directly to support the outstanding musicians of ABS. It will be a memorable night; hope to see you there!

“A Red Carpet Evening” tickets are available on the ABS Gala page or by calling the ABS office at (415) 621-7900.