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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale’s annual Winter Gala, held on March 10, 2017, publicly launched PBO’s newest initiative “New Music for Old Instruments” and featured the world premiere of a newly commissioned piece by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Caroline Shaw, written for and performed by acclaimed soprano Dominique Labelle.

PBO Music Director Nicholas McGegan also honored Ms. Labelle for her extraordinary artistic contributions throughout her career. Dominique is known for her mastery of Handel operas, legendary musicianship and passionate explorations of music from the Baroque to new works.  She has worked with some of the world’s most respected conductors and composers, and has appeared in 24 PBO productions since 1994. She most recently partnered with the Orchestra for our April 2017 production of Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise to critical acclaim and her breathtaking performance in Handel’s Teseo had crowds cheering in the Bay Area, Lincoln Center and Tanglewood. Her voice has been called “angelic,” “silvery,” and vibrant,” and her performance of the Shaw commission enchanted the Gala audience.

Proceeds from the festive evening supported the Orchestra’s continued artistic and educational endeavors.

To see photos from the 2017 Winter Gala, please click here.

Event Partners

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2017 Gala Committee

Melanie P. Peña Gala Chair, Nicholas McGegan Waverley Fund Music Director,
Bruce Lamott Philharmonia Chorale Director, Bill Lueth President KDFC, and
Rik Malone KDFC

Courtney Beck, Chris Bensick, Charlotte Gaylord, Steve John, Brian Kincaid, Eric Leve, Rachael Myrow, Jason Snyder, Paul Sugarman, and Donna Williams


Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale wishes to acknowledge the generosity of its patrons:

Gala Dinner Sponsors
Ross Armstrong; David Low + Dominique Lahaussois; Mark Perry + Melanie Peña

Guarantor Table Sponsors

Marie Bertillion Collins + Leonard Collins; William Lokke; Parker Monroe + Teresa Darragh

Patron Table Sponsors

Charlotte Gaylord + Barrie Cowan; Kate + David Gross; Peter + Cynthia Hibbard; Anne + Jeffrey Katz; Brian M. Kincaid + Elizabeth C. Theil; Martine Krause; Eric Leve; Frederick Matteson + Anne Davidson Barr; Lily Remoundos; Sondra + Milton Schlesinger; Paul + Susan Sugarman; Carol + Douglas Tanner; Donna Williams

Guarantor Ticket Sponsors
First Republic Bank; Kay Sprinkel Grace; Grace + Laurance Hoagland; Tyler Lange + Rebecca Moyle Lange; Norman T. Larson; Didier LeGall; Mary + David Phillips

Patron Ticket Sponsors

Chris + Janet Bensick; Rev’d Richard Fabian; Beatrice + Paul Gomory; Steve John + Jason Snyder; Gillian Kuehner + Norman Bookstein; Asriel + Carmela Levin; Ellen + Barry Levin; Elizabeth Anderson Mayer; Robert Mison; Pamela + John Sebastian

Auction Donors

Alonzo King LINES Ballet; American Conservatory Theater; Asian Art Museum; Aspen Music Festival; Aurora Theater Company; Bay Area Children’s Theater; Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive; Berkeley Repertory Theater; Berkeley Symphony; Biondivino; Brooklyn Kitchen; Cal Shakes; California Academy of Sciences; Canyon Market; Carmel Bach Festival; Center for the Book; Chanticleer; Charlotte’s Cakes + Pies; Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose; Doña Tomás Restaurant; Evvia Restaurant; Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn; Farm Fresh To You; Fig & Thistle; Folkmanis Puppets; Foods of New York; Forage; Global Knives; Grace Cathedral; Green Music Center; Grgich Hills Estate; Griffo Distillery; Habitot Children’s Museum; Halter Ranch Vineyard; Hayes Street Grill; Instituto Italiana Scuola; Jardiniere Restaurant; Jarvis Conservatory; Laguinitas Brewing Company; Le Central Restaurant; Left Coast Chamber Ensemble; Michael Krasny; Magimix; Maker + Moss; M. Lowe & Company; Merola Opera Program; Monsieur Benjamin Restaurant; The Mountain Play; Music Sources; Musica Pacifica; New Esterhazy Quartet; New York Philharmonic; Oakland Symphony; Oakland Zoo; ODC; Ojai Olive Oil Company; Omnivore Books; Oliveto; Opera Parallele; Piperade; Psoas; Ram’s Gate Winery; Robot Coupe; The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus; St. George’s Spirits; St. Regis Hotel San Francisco; St. Regis Hotel Washington DC; San Francisco Ballet; San Francisco Crafts Spirits Carnival; San Francisco Fireboat; San Francisco Symphony; SFJAZZ; SFMOMA; Smuin Ballet; Sonoma Portworks; Southwest Airlines; Tartan Fox Bed & Breakfast; Valley of the Moon Festival; Voices of Music; The W Hotel, Los Angeles; Wallis Annenberg Center; Waterbar; Weaver’s Coffee & Tea; Wellington Hotel; West Edge Opera; William Gordon Winery; Yank Sing Restaurant; Zaca Mesa Winery; Zola Restaurant

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