39th Season Gala

On September 28, 2018, San Francisco Performances celebrated the opening of its 39th Season with its annual Gala at the War Memorial Veterans Building in San Francisco. The festive event, which featured three of our current and former Artists-in-Residence—trumpeter Sean Jones, violinist Regina Carter, and narrator Nicholas Phan—was a great success and raised more than $200,000 to support SF Performances’ award-winning arts education programs.

Hosted by Gala Co-Chairs Amanda Nelson and Thomas Beischer, the evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the loggia of The Green Room. Guests then proceeded into Herbst Theater for a reimagined, jazz-infused version of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) before returning to The Green Room for a seated dinner.

A spirited fund-a-need drive—introduced by Sean—followed. The drive brought in over $100,000—the most ever raised!

Thomas Beischer, Melanie Smith and Amanda Nelson
Shane Aronson, Lang Miller and Kim Wong
Ben Cauresma, Anu Narayan, Aza Olival, Natalie Wade, Stacey Harte and Dominic Truoccolo
Patrick McCabe and Andrew MacIlrath
Neil Goteiner and Nicole Lopez
Keiko Horkan and Lily Beischer
Julian Reyes, Amanda Nelson, Mark Sue and Marc Reyes
Regina Carter and Thomas Beischer
Nancy Livingston and Fred Levin
Michael Mueller and Chris Cullens
Pre-concert performance with student quartet Low Key Paganini String Quartet

San Francisco Performances extends its thanks to the sponsors who helped make this magical evening possible:

Platinum Sponsors

Robert and Ruth Dell
Patrick R. McCabe

Gold Sponsors

Thomas and Lily Beischer
Amanda Nelson and Julian Reyes
Camilla and George Smith
Wells Fargo

Silver Sponsors

Frank S. Bayley, Christine Motley and Neil O’Donnell
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
First Republic Bank
Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston
Shartsis Friese LLP


Richard L. Caplin, M.D.
Joan Kahr
Michael Mueller and Christine Cullens
Alison Muh and Jonathan Vothers
Berit and Robert Muh
Jamie and Connie Shapiro
LaVerne and Alan Silverman

In Kind Sponsors