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PARTIES: A Concert In Celebration Of Community

Community Music Center Gala

Attendees: 350 viewers
Impact: $280k


“Rise Above” was the theme on March 20 for the virtual San Francisco Community Music Center gala led by honorary chair Sharon Seto.

This 100-year-old institution at 544 Capp Street (plus a more recent Outer Richmond location), was founded in 1921 by music devotee Gertrude Field, a former nurse turned violin teacher who believed music was a force for good — and no student, regardless of age or financial means, should be denied this extracurricular education — ranging from jazz and blues and operatic vocals to classical and Middle Eastern music.

Her educational vision for all-ages (5 to 85) instruction was founded on affordability, “not for art’s sake, but art for life’s sake.”

The Alexander String Quartet kicked off a VIP concert prior to the program, emceed by Renel Brooks-Moon, which featured A+ performances by CMC students and faculty followed by a live auction.

The event also paid tribute to stalwart CMC supporters, conferring the Gertrude Field Community Impact Award on civic leader Ellen Magnin Newman; jazz artist Marcus Shelby and the late Robin Sutherland, beloved principal keyboards with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Among bold-faced philanthropists populating the honorary committee: Dede Wilsey; SF Symphony maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and his spouse, Joshua Robison; Dagmar Dolby; Marcia and John Goldman; Roselyne “Cissie” Swig; Fred Levin; Joachim and Nancy Bechtle; composer Jake Heggie; Beverly and Fritz Maytag; pianist Peter Mintun; Mary and Steven Swig; and Sako and Bill Fisher.

And these music lovers hit a high note, raising a record tally for visiting artist concerts (held in a converted 1926 carriage house), programming and tuition support for the multitalented 3,100 students of the CMC.

 

“Rise Above” was the theme on March 20 for the virtual San Francisco Community Music Center gala led by honorary chair Sharon Seto.

This 100-year-old institution at 544 Capp Street (plus a more recent Outer Richmond location), was founded in 1921 by music devotee Gertrude Field, a former nurse turned violin teacher who believed music was a force for good — and no student, regardless of age or financial means, should be denied this extracurricular education — ranging from jazz and blues and operatic vocals to classical and Middle Eastern music.

Her educational vision for all-ages (5 to 85) instruction was founded on affordability, “not for art’s sake, but art for life’s sake.”

The Alexander String Quartet kicked off a VIP concert prior to the program, emceed by Renel Brooks- Moon, which featured A+ performances by CMC students and faculty followed by a live auction.

The event also paid tribute to stalwart CMC supporters, conferring the Gertrude Field Community Impact Award on civic leader Ellen Magnin Newman; jazz artist Marcus Shelby and the late Robin Sutherland, beloved principal keyboards with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Among bold-faced philanthropists populating the honorary committee: Dede Wilsey; SF Symphony maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and his spouse, Joshua Robison; Dagmar Dolby; Marcia and John Goldman; Roselyne “Cissie” Swig; Fred Levin; Joachim and Nancy Bechtle; composer Jake Heggie; Beverly and Fritz Maytag; pianist Peter Mintun; Mary and Steven Swig; and Sako and Bill Fisher.

And these music lovers hit a high note, raising a record tally for visiting artist concerts (held in a converted 1926 carriage house), programming and tuition support for the multitalented 3,100 students of the CMC.

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