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34th Season Gala

35th Season Gala Art

Friday, October 17, 2014
The Julia Morgan Ballroom
at the Merchants Exchange Building
465 California Street | Fifteenth Floor
San Francisco

6pm Cocktails
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

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.

Stefon Harris

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.


Gold Table

Thomas and Lily Beischer
Robert and Ruth Dell
Kathy and Victor Hymes
Amanda Nelson & Julian Reyes
Gussie and John Stewart

Farella Braun + Martell LLC

Silver Table

Fred M. Levin and Nancy M. Livingston
Maria and Martin Quinn
George and Camilla Smith


Jamie and Connie Shapiro

In Kind Sponsors


Peter Franus

Advanced Printing

Business Services Netwrok

Cobalt 2

Previous Years’ Season Galas