37th Season Gala:
A Heartfelt Gala Celebrating Founder Ruth Felt

On September 30, 2016, audiences, artists, civic leaders and members of the arts community gathered to toast President Emeritus Ruth Felt, San Francisco Performances’ dynamic and visionary founder, on the occasion of her retirement after 37 years leading the organization.

Hosted by Gala Chairs Fred Levin and Gussie Stewart, A Heartfelt Gala began at San Francisco’s magnificent City Hall with a reception and dinner, followed by a concert at the Herbst Theatre featuring some of Ruth’s favorite artists, including mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, composer/pianist Philip Glass, composer/pianist Jake Heggie, trumpeter Sean Jones with Edward Simon and Marcus Shelby, violinist Jennifer Koh, and composer/vocalist Luciana Souza. As a final treat, San Francisco Performances President Melanie Smith and Board Chair Patrick McCabe introduced a poignant video tribute and a surprise performance by jazz violinist Regina Carter, who performed her composition How Ruth Felt. An after party with the artists followed in the beautiful Veterans War Memorial Green Room. The Gala raised over $320,000, with proceeds supporting San Francisco Performances’ education programs.

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2016 Gala Slide Show

San Francisco Performances extends its thanks to the sponsors who helped make this very special event possible.

Dinner Committee

Robert and Ruth Dell
James C. Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen
Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston
Patrick R. McCabe
Roger D. Miles and Satomi Fukuda Miles
Gussie and John Stewart

Frank S. Bayley and Martin and Maria Quinn
Thomas and Lily Beischer
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
George and Marie Hecksher and Yanek and Mary Chiu
San Francisco Community Music Center
George and Camilla Smith

American Conservatory Theater
Paul and Kathy Bissinger
Lynn Feintech and Anthony Bernhardt
Legato Capital Management, LLC
Susie and Grant Lundberg
Merola Opera Program
Berit and Robert Muh
Amanda Nelson and Julian Reyes
Paul Taylor Dance Company
San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco Opera
Shartsis Friese LLP
LaVerne and Alan Silverman
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Inkind Sponsors





Save the Date for Next Year’s Gala

San Francisco Performances’ 38th Annual Gala
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Previous Years’ Season Galas