Kicking off the 2014-15 season in style, this year’s annual gala, “A Red Carpet Evening,” was an elegant affair which raised tremendous support for the musicians and activities of ABS. In spite of a chilly wind whipping through Belvedere on Saturday night, the friends and supporters of ABS joined the board, staff, and a quartet of ABS artists for an evening of celebration, merriment, and music.
After walking the red carpet and being photographed by our paparazzi photographers from Gas Lamp Productions, many attendees could be seen, with Kir Royale in hand, engaged in lively conversations and looking over silent auction items. Happy bidders claimed all of the items, with a few bottles of wine and some San Francisco Giants memorabilia drawing the most spirited bidding.
The musical program was exquisite and a topic of conversation throughout the evening. The ensemble of Tatiana Chulochnikova (violin), Tanya Tomkins (violoncello), Steven Lehning (violone), and Jeffrey Thomas (harpsichord) performed instrumental works by Bach, Vivaldi, Erlebach, and ending with Corelli’s Sonata in D Minor for Violin and Basso Continuo, “La Follia.” The program opened with Chulochnikova dazzling all in attendance with her virtuosic solos on Bach’s Preludio from Violin Partita no. 3 in E Major and an A Minor violin transcription of his famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. A graduate of the first ABS Academy in 2010, Chulochnikova’s blazing performance was a reminder of the fabulous talents that are emerging in the early music world and how they find their place in the ABS ranks.
Following the performance, the guests and musicians filed in for dinner and a live auction. As the word “sold” rang out for each auction item and the bidder paddles flew up in support of ABS throughout the evening, it became clear–once again–how much ABS patrons value and cherish the group’s fine work. Thank you to all who attended and showed their support for ABS at the gala. If you were not able to attend and would like to make a donation on the eve of our exciting 2014-15 season, please visit our website or call (415) 621-7900.
Now … who is ready for Handel’s Messiah at Grace Cathedral?