Noontime Concerts Gala Concert
June 14, 1998 at 3:00 PM
Old St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco

This page contains:
  1. Message from new President of Noontime Concerts, David Saslav
  2. Gala Concert event time, location, and ticket details
  3. Tentative Programme of June 14 Gala Concert
  4. History of Noontime Concerts' Move to St. Patrick's by Alexandra Ivanoff, Director of Noontime Concerts
  5. Contact information for More Details

1. Message from the President of Noontime Concerts, David Saslav
I became President of the Board of Noontime Concerts
last month, and have been waiting for the right oppor-
tunity to share the news.

And, believe me, this is it.

Noontime Concerts' Gala Concert June 14th brings to one
stage a veritable "Who's Who" of San Francisco's
classical music performers.  I am looking forward to
this event with the equivalent anticipation one might
feel for the opening of a blockbuster movie (let's say,

Yes, it is safe to say that this is going to be the
"Godzilla" of Bay Area classical music events in 1998.

I look forward to seeing all of you there and catching
up (or meeting you for the first time, as the case may
be).  If you are not going to be in the Bay Area on
June 14th please consider making a contribution to
Noontime Concerts, which today brings concerts to the
public in San Francisco's Chinatown/Financial District
for only a donation at the door.  Tax-deductible
donations to this worthy effort will raise your karma
and protect your city from being trampled by huge

Please read on for more details, and don't hesitate to
contact me or the Noontime Concerts office (see end of
message) to obtain your tickets right now.

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2. Gala Concert event time, location, and ticket details
SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 1998 at 3:00PM in Old St. Mary's Cathedral 660 California Street at Grant One block from the gates of San Francisco's Chinatown Noontime Concerts(TM) presents a GALA CELEBRATION CONCERT featuring our new Steinway grand piano Enjoy a meet-the-artist reception afterward! Tickets: $20.00 in advance or at the door Call (415) 288-3840 for directions and charge with your VISA or MasterCard or purchase directly from any board member Music by: Bach, Mozart, Rossini, Shostakovich, Poulenc, Liszt, Chopin, Saint-Saens, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff Featured Artists: From the San Francisco Symphony: Robin Sutherland, Piano Stephen Paulson, Principal Bassoon Eugene Izotov, Associate Principal Oboe From the San Francisco Opera: Donna Bruno, mezzo-soprano Sara Ganz, soprano From the San Francisco Conservatory: Mack McCray, piano faculty Stars from Noontime Concerts: The Arlekin String Quartet Purcell Piano Duo Pianists: Jannie Lo, Daniel Glover, Eliane Lust, Matthew Edwards, Daniel Lockert, Seth Montfort, and Sergei Podobedov Return to top
3. Tentative Programme of Gala Concert
Jannie Lo, piano (age 12) Bach: French Suite Arlekin String Quartet Shostakovich, Quintet Eugene Chukhlov, violin opus 59 Tatyana Freedland, violin 4th mvmt., Intermezzo Rem Djemilev, viola 5th mvmt., Finale Sergei Ryabtchenko, cello with Sergei Podobedov, piano Eliane Lust, piano Chopin: Barcarolle Daniel Glover, piano Saint-Saens: Etude en forme de valse Sara Ganz, soprano Rossini: vocal duets Donna Bruno, mezzo-soprano Daniel Lockert, piano INTERMISSION Seth Montfort, piano Montfort: Stampede Scriabin: Etude in D# minor Patricia and Vera Purcell, piano Rachmaninoff: Duets, op. 11 1. Waltz, 2. Slava Matthew Edwards, piano Mozart: Rondo in a, K. 511 Stephen Paulson, bassoon Poulenc: Trio Eugene Izotov, oboe Robin Sutherland, piano Mark McCray, piano Liszt: Variations on Bellini's "Norma" (Meet the Artists Reception to Follow Concert) Return to top
4. History of the Move to St. Patrick's
We knew it was coming -- the rubble, the dust, the endless drilling and pounding. Old Saint Mary's Cathedral, our beautiful historic venue for the past ten years, is beginning its seismic retrofit project and will be closing at the end of 1998! What does this mean for Noontime Concerts? We must relocate while the reconstruction takes place. Our office, currently located at Old Saint Mary's, must be vacated before December. The concerts in the last few months of this year will, in reality, be performed amidst a maze of scaffolding, work crews, plastic sheeting -- you get the picture! Knowing that all this would happen, we sought an alternate location that would continue our mission of serving the downtown community the "Musical Lunch Break at 12:30". So, starting Wednesday, September 2, we will expand Noontime Concerts to the Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood in historic St. Patrick's Church on Mission Street between 3rd and 4th Streets. We'll be joining a burgeoning arts community -- the Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Arts Center, the new Sony Metreon, and the future Mexican and Jewish Museums will be our new neighbors! On Sunday, June 14, before the walls come tumbling down, we will present a spectacular gala afternoon concert that celebrates the success of our "88 in '98" Piano Fund project ("88 keys in 1998" was our Piano Fund theme) and our purchase of a Steinway grand. We also want to use this opportunity to highlight our ten-year presence as the downtown district's only year-round live classical music concert series. But most importantly, this concert is a benefit event to support our move to St. Patrick's Church. All the musicians are generously contributing their performances for this gala event to support San Francisco's premier lunchttime live classical music series -- so that it may continue in St. Patrick's Church during the retrofit. So, we also invite you to invest in Noontime Concerts' expansion by joining us at the June 14th concert. Tell all your co-workers, friends, and family who love great music not to miss this gala event! (If you can't attend, please consider a tax-deductible contribution to our General Fund that helps pay our wonderful musicians.) Your support for the "88 in '98" Celebration Concert and all your gifts are critical and timely investments in Noontime Concerts' continuing to provide a unique, high-quality cultural community service to San Francisco's downtown district every week of the year. See you on June 14th! Return to top
5. Contact Information for More Details
David M. J. Saslav President of the Board, Noontime Concerts Alexandra Ivanoff, Director, Noontime Concerts phone 415.288.3840 fax 415.288.3838