Community Music Center’s 95th Anniversary Gala

Honoring the musical legacy of Robert P. Commanday

Featuring a headliner performance by Chanticleer

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Please join Community Music Center as we celebrate 95 years of bringing quality music education to all, regardless of age or financial means.

This year, CMC recognizes its founder and honors a musical legacy by presenting the inaugural Gertrude Field Community Impact Award, honoring the musical legacy of Robert P. Commanday, longtime music and dance critic at the San Francisco Chronicle and co-founder of San Francisco Classical Voice.

The event, hosted by KDFC-FM’s Dianne Nicolini, features a special headliner performance by two-time GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer, as well as Community Music Center students and faculty.

An exclusive VIP reception with members of Chanticleer begins the festivities at 6:00PM. The main event at 6:30PM includes a reception and silent auction followed by a banquet dinner, Gertrude Field Community Impact Award presentation, scholarship auction and a spectacular music program.

Silent auction items feature concert and theater tickets, beauty and spa packages, luxury items and a three-night stay in Sonoma’s popular Sea Ranch, among other exciting getaways and recreational experiences. The event is cocktail attire and catered by the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco.

A Salute to the Joy of Making Music raises funds to support CMC’s mission of providing high quality music education to all people, regardless of their financial means.

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For more information please contact Elenka Refsell at (415) 647-6015 x 78 or by email at

Thank you to our media sponsors

Nob Hill Gazette KDFC-FM San Francisco Classical Voice

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Honorary Committee:
Alexander String Quartet
American Bach Soloists
Senator Barbara Boxer
Claudia Campazzo
Supervisor David Campos
Mark Cavagnero
Assemblymember David Chiu
Mary Falvey
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Ruth Felt
Timothy and Virginia Foo
David Gockley
Jake Heggie
Paul Hertelendy
Mayor Edwin Lee
Senator Mark Leno
Kronos Quartet
Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston
Garrick Ohlsson and Bob Guter
Helen Hilton Raiser
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock
Joshua Robison and Michael Tilson Thomas
Assemblymember Phil Ting
David Stull
Frederica von Stade
Alisa Won