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Aci, Galatea e Polifemo Opening Night Gala: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 6PM | War Memorial Building, SF

Gala Chair Melanie Peña and Board Vice President Mark Perry invite you to an historic celebration unlike any other—as we honor our Music Director Nicholas McGegan’s 70th birthday and celebrate nearly 35 years of Nic at the helm, together with the opening night spectacle of Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo! You won’t want to miss this evening of riveting drama, culinary delights and jubilant celebration fit with opera stars and dear friends.

The evening includes

  • Cocktail reception and an exquisite three-course dining experience
  • Intimate seating for the opening night performance of Aci… with opera stars Lauren Snouffer, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Davóne Tines.
  • Festive after-party with a robust scotch tasting and strolling desserts

“Mr. Alden wrings every bit of unsettling darkness from this curious work in an excitingly contemporary production that employs inventive videos and even electronic tweaks of the instruments in the orchestra.”

— The New York Times


“A riveting seventy-five-minute chamber opera that had the slow-action inevitability of an underwater ballet.”

—The New Yorker

Official Gala Sponsors
Mark Perry + Melanie Peña
David Low + Dominique Lahaussois

Gala Dinner Sponsor
Kay Sprinkel Grace

Wine Sponsor

The Estate of Dr. Ross E. Armstrong
Anne + Jeffrey Katz
Didier LeGall
Frederick Matteson + Anne Davidson Barr
Carol + Douglas Tanner

Charlotte Gaylord + Barrie Cowan
Peter + Cynthia Hibbard
Sondra Schlesinger
Susan + Paul Sugarman

2020 Gala Committee

Melanie P. Peña, Gala Chair

Steve John

Anne Katz

Brian Kincaid

Bill Lueth, President KDFC

Rik Malone, KDFC

Robert B. Mison

Rebecca Moyle

Rachael Myrow, KQED

Jason Snyder

Produced by Anthony Roth Costanzo and Cath Brittan
A co-production of National Sawdust and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale

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