The San Francisco Opera Guild recently hosted the opening night of the Opera's 92nd Season with the theme of "Passione," co-chaired by Teresa Medearis and Cynthia Schreuder, with honorary chairs Cynthia Fry Gunn and Dede Wilsey, with Opera Guild president Karen Kubin.
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music held its annual gala on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in honor of legendary baritone Thomas Hampson. "An Evening of Voice Honoring Thomas Hampson" featured performances by Hampson, who shared the stage with Conservatory student singers and faculty. The most important fundraising and outreach event of the year, the gala took in $300,000 for the Conservatory's educational programs. Gala co-chairs Teresa Medearis and Trustee Barbara Walkowski pronounced the evening a "resounding success in every way" for the 250 guests in attendance. And the event's co-chairs were suitably decked in regal attire for the occasion: Walkowski in a silk chiffon Carolina Herrera gown in vibrant red, and Medearis donned in emerald green taffeta by Monique Lhuillier. Trustee Deepa Pakianathan displayed her signature style in a black and white dress by Rubin Singer, one of Beyonce's favorite designers. Catering for the event was provided by McCall's, Catering and Events and decor by Blueprint Studios. Wells Fargo was the official corporate Patron, with corporate sponsorships provided by Asset Management Company, Bank of America and CM Capital Advisors.
Deepa Pakianathan and Phil Pemberton recently hosted a reception for the http://www.sfcm.edu / San Francisco Conservatory of Music in anticipation of its upcoming Gala on April 20, 2013, which pays tribute to legendary opera baritone and Conservatory Advisory Board member Thomas Hampson. Conservatory mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook directs and stars in a program featuring special performances by Hampson with Conservatory students, faculty and guest artists. Teresa Medearis and Barbara Walkowski co-chair the event, with catering by McCall's Catering and Events and decor by Blueprint Studios. Tickets for this very special occasion can be purchased at http://www.sfcm.edu/giving/2013-gala www.sfcm.edu
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music recently celebrated its 10th annual Fanfare Luncheon, held to thank supporters of the Conservatory Society for donations to its collegiate program. Each year, the event recognizes an outstanding Conservatory alumnus/a of international reputation, who returns to the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall to perform for donors whose generosity helps launch student careers. This year's guest of honor was noted soprano Marnie Breckenridge, ('96) known for her appearances with San Francisco Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival.