CMC’s Centennial Gala: Diverse Artists Join to Benefit Music Access and Honor Community Impact
COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER MARCH 2 CENTENNIAL GALA TO HONOR ROSELYNE CHROMAN SWIG, BETTY WONG, SHIRLEY WONG-FRENTZEL AND LA DOÑA
GUEST ARTISTS INCLUDE SEAN JONES, PENE PATI, AMINA EDRIS, ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET, FREDERICA VON STADE, JAKE HEGGIE, JOHN SANTOS, JASON VIEAUX AND PAULA WEST
PERFORMANCES, DINNER AND AUCTION BENEFIT COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER’S DIVERSE PROGRAMS
San Francisco, January 13, 2022—San Francisco’s leading performers, arts leaders and educators will come together Wednesday, March 2, to celebrate the Community Music Center’s centennial and honor Roselyne Chroman Swig, Betty Wong, Shirley Wong-Frentzel and La Doña with the Gertrude Field Community Impact Awards. Gala Chair Sharon Seto, Centennial Chair Fred Levin and Honorary Chair Ellen Magnin Newman and committee members have planned an evening featuring dinner and performances by some of the Bay Area’s leading artists. An online auction of one-of-a-kind items and packages will be open to all February 25 through March 5. The Centennial Gala celebrates CMC’s historic legacy providing a century of music for everyone as it looks forward to the next century of arts access. All proceeds support CMC’s mission to make high-quality music education accessible to all people, regardless of financial means. The evening begins at 6 pm at The Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California Street in San Francisco. Tickets, beginning at $500 and sponsorships beginning at $2,500 may be purchased at https://CMC100.givesmart.com
“The Community Music Center is a treasure in our city, and is 100 years strong. I am thrilled to be chairing this event, which will help to provide music scholarships for thousands of local students with financial need,” says Gala Chair Sharon Seto. “The event we’re planning to celebrate this momentous occasion is going to be the hottest ticket in town. The honorees and entertainment are top-notch, so please join us—this will be an unforgettable night!”
Guest Artists Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, educator and activist Sean Jones; tenor Pene Pati and soprano Amina Edris; Alexander String Quartet, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and composer-pianist Jake Heggie, percussionist John Santos, guitarist Jason Vieaux and jazz and cabaret singer Paula West. Renel Brooks-Moon will be Master of Ceremonies and Greg Quiroga will be auctioneer. Click here for more information about the gala guest artists.
Honorary Committee Marcia and George Argyris, JD Beltran, San Francisco Arts Commission; Jim Callahan, Piedmont Piano; Yanek and Mary Chiu; Janet Cluff, Ramón Cortines, Tom DeCaigny, Ruth A. Felt, Matt Haney, Dr. Elizabeth L. Hillman, President, Mills College; Dorka Keehn, San Francisco Arts Commission; Jean Kellogg, Merola Opera Program; Patricia Taylor Lee, Fred Levin, Linda Lucero, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival; Honorable Rafael Mandelman, Garrick Ohlsson and Bob Guter, Carlos Ortega, Helen Hilton Raiser, Hillary Ronen, Stephen Shapiro and Ellen Rosenthal, Melanie Smith, San Francisco Performances; Catherine Stefani, Shamann Walton and Diane B. Wilsey
Event Committee Sharon Seto, Chair; Kathy Aizawa, Katie Colendich, Nicole Cooper, Pamela Culp, Tim Eischens, Lauren Erickson, Joel Goodrich, Lin Hoffman, Esq., Brooke Joseph, Ludmila Kisseleva, Patricia Taylor Lee, Sharon Litsky, Ann Ludwig, Irena Matijas, Trisha Mount, Russell Martinelli, Amanda Sargisson, Yuan Yuan Tan, Diana Whitehead and Diana Wild Centennial Sponsors Platinum Sponsors: Dan Dodt, in memory of Linda Kay Blacketer; Gold Sponsors: Cathi Kwon; Fred Levin, The Shenson Foundation; Oak Hill Capital Corporation; Silver Sponsors: Barbara Kosnar and Thomas Goldman, Diane B. Wilsey; Bronze Sponsors: Katherine and Roy Bukstein, Yee-Wan and John Stevens
Event Sponsors Media Sponsor: The Nob Hill Gazette; Wine Sponsor: Miner Family Winery
For questions about sponsorship, contact Elenka Refsell at 415-647-6015 x178 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Community Music Center Community Music Center (CMC) is celebrating 100 years of music for everyone! A nonprofit music school and performance space with branches in the Mission and Richmond Districts, CMC provides high-quality music to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, regardless of financial means. Last year, CMC awarded nearly $2.8M in tuition assistance, serving more than 2,800 students. The school offers online and in-person music lessons and classes on over 30 instruments, and a wide range of musical styles, including jazz, blues, Latin, pop, folk, rock, and western classical. CMC also presents free and low cost events, workshops, and master classes for its students and for the public. Learn more about the CMC Centennial celebrations at sfcmc100.org.