34th Season Gala
Friday, October 17, 2014
The Julia Morgan Ballroom
at the Merchants Exchange Building
465 California Street | Fifteenth Floor
7pm Dinner and Concert
With the Kenny Barron and Stefon Harris Duo
Tickets start at $400
For more information call 415.677.0326
Black Tie Optional | Valet Parking
SF Performances marks its 35th anniversary with the organization’s annual gala at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Merchants Exchange Building. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, a Fund-A-Need drive, and a thrilling jazz concert featuring the Kenny Barron and Stefon Harris Duo. Co-chairs are Gussie Stewart and Martin Quinn. All proceeds from the event benefit SF Performances’ award-winning arts education programs.
Kenny Barron’s unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired the Los Angeles Times to name him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly to call him “The most lyrical piano player of our time.” Barron’s own recordings have earned him nine Grammy nominations. He has collaborated with many jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz. In 2005 he was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame.
Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris was San Francisco Performances’ Jazz Artist-in-Residence from 2001–2005. He is heralded as “one of the most important young artists in jazz”. His passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of the current jazz scene. Harris is the recipient of several important awards including the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center and has garnered four Grammy nominations.
Thomas and Lily Beischer
Robert and Ruth Dell
Kathy and Victor Hymes
Amanda Nelson & Julian Reyes
Gussie and John Stewart
Fred M. Levin and Nancy M. Livingston
Maria and Martin Quinn
George and Camilla Smith
Jamie and Connie Shapiro
In Kind Sponsors
Previous Years’ Season Galas