Gala 2017

An Evening under the Stars – September 16th

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Mark it on your calendar! Saturday, Sept. 16, is the date of our fifth annual benefit gala, An Evening Under the Stars. The event, at Palazzo di Migianella, Marie’s Mitchell’s lush Italian estate in El Dorado Hills, features a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions and performances by symphony musicians. Acclaimed tenor Dennis McNeil will perform an exclusive, private concert for our guests, and Dave Bender, weather anchor for CBS 13 News, will return as master of ceremonies. Tickets are $300 per person, and attire is black tie optional, and valet parking will be provided. Premium seating and sponsorships are available.

McNeil, a graduate of UC Davis, is known for his musical versatility in such roles as Don Jose in Carmen, Rodolfo in La Boheme, a top interpreter of Irish music and one-time member of a rock band and a jazz ensemble. He’s a past winner of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and holds first-place awards from the Southern California Opera Guild and the Victor Fuchs Memorial Competition. He’s also performed for five U.S. presidents. McNeil lives in Southern California. Click here for additional information about Dennis McNiel.

By attending the gala, you will be supporting our efforts to provide music programs for youths and underserved families and to invite top-tier guest artists to each concert. The funds raised through this gala help bring music to youths and the underserved community through events such as our free outdoor concert at the El Dorado Hills Town Center, our  low -cost family concert with an instrument petting zoo at the Harris Center and ensembles of symphony musicians who perform in schools. We hope to see you for a glorious “Evening Under the Stars”!

For sponsorship information, please contact us at or 916-357-6718.

For tickets, click the Buy Tickets Now button above or download a ticket form and mail in your check. If you would like to donate items for the gala auction please fill out and mail in the auction donation form.

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