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 a historic celebration unlike any other as we honor our Music Director Nicholas McGegan’s farewell season and celebrate 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 a jubilant celebration with opera stars and dear friends.

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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

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Official Gala Sponsors
Melanie Peña & Mark Perry

Gala Benefactors
David Low & Dominique Lahaussois

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Gala Dinner Sponsor
Kay Sprinkel Grace

Cocktail Reception Sponsor
Marie Bertillion Collins

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The Aci, Galatea e Polifemo production is generously sponsored by Anne & Jeffrey Katz

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Wine Sponsor

Official Chocolate Sponsor

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

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Martin & Kathleen Cohn
Charlotte Gaylord & Barrie Cowan
Peter & Cynthia Hibbard
Brian M. Kincaid & Elisabeth C. Theil
Sondra Schlesinger
Susan & Paul Sugarman

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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