40th Season Gala

On October 29, San Francisco Performances celebrated its 40th Anniversary Gala at the War Memorial Veterans Building in San Francisco. The evening, which featured a concert with pianist Richard Goode, was a great success and raised more than $250,000 to support SF Performances’ award-winning arts education programs.

Hosted by Gala Co-Chairs father and daughter duo Neil Goteiner and Nicole Goteiner Lopez, the gala honored noted philanthropists and longtime San Francisco Performances supporters, Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston of the Shenson Foundation.

The festivities began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the loggia of the Green Room, followed by Richard Goode’s concert in the Herbst Theatre which featured works by Janáček, Chopin, and Debussy. Following the concert, guests returned to the Green Room for dinner and a spirited fund-a-need drive, introduced by Guitar Artist-in-Residence Jason Vieaux, which brought in over $130,000—a new record!

James Hormel and Michael Nguyen
Aggie and Dennis Bayer
Ruth Felt and Gussie Stewart
Stacy Harte, Natalie Wade, Morgan Teicher and Candice Chung
Candice Chung and Ben Cuaresma
Nicole Lopez and Neil Goteiner
Tom and Lily Beischer
Mark Hanson, Melanie Smith and Fred Levin
Students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College Division
The Green Room

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
San Francisco Symphony

Gold Sponsors

Thomas and Lily Beischer
Christine Motely and Neil O’Donnell, Maria and Martin Quinn
Camilla and George Smith

Silver Sponsors

Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston
Jeanne Newman
Shartsis Friese LLP
Wells Fargo


Frank S. Bayley
Susan S. Blake and Joel Kaufmann
Richard L. Caplin, M.D.
Michael Mueller and Christine Cullens
Alison Muh and Jonathan Yothers
Berit and Robert Muh
Amanda Nelson and Julian Reyes
LaVerne and Alan Silverman
Gussie Stewart

Significant Contributions

Jane Bernstein and Robert Ellis
John and Marcia Goldman
Roselyne Chroman Swig
Peter A. Wald and Christina Hall
Diane B. Wilsey

In Kind Sponsors

Previous Years’ Season Galas