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Saturday, May 14, 2022 | Newport Beach Country Club

Join us on Saturday, May 14th for an immersive evening of wine, food and music. This year’s Philharmonic Society Gala will feature a curated 5 course dinner with wine and musical pairings. During each course your senses will be delighted with a selection of hand-picked wines by one of Orange County’s finest sommeliers while artists Philippe Quint and Aaron Diehl engage us with musical selections to complement the wine tasting and culinary offerings. The 5-course experience will feature wine, food, music, and of course great company!


Poached Pear and Rocket Frisée, Candied Walnuts, Gorgonzola, White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Paired with Iconoclast Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Debussy: Claire De Lune from Suite Bergamasque
Philippe Quint, violin | Aaron Diehl, piano

Branzino, Asparagus and English Pea Risotto, Pea Shoots
Paired with Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Scott Joplin: "The Easy Winners"
Aaron Diehl, piano

Petite Filet, Boursin Potato, Market Vegetable, Bordelaise, Micros
Paired with Faust Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
John Corigliano: The Red Violin Caprices: for Violin Solo
Philippe Quint, violin

Vanilla Chantilly and Fresh Berries
Paired with Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett, Germany
Orange County Young Musicians Showcase

Curated Cheese Selections
Paired with Chateau Doisy-Vedrines Sauternes 2008
Duke Ellington: Single Petal of a Rose
Aaron Diehl, piano

George Gershwin: It Ain't Necessarily So
Philippe Quint, violin | Aaron Diehl, piano


Hosted Valet  •  Cocktail Chic

5:00pm | Cocktails on the Terrace
6:00pm | 5-course wine, food and music experience begins


VIP TICKET | $1,500
Admission to cocktail hour, experiential dinner with VIP seating, access to a silent auction, Gala recognition, a custom commemorative gift, and valet parking

Admission for one, including cocktail hour, dinner with wine and musical pairings, access to silent auction, and valet parking

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Recognition as title sponsor in gala program and website, cocktail hour, prime seating, gala dinner for (8) and valet parking

Recognition as artist sponsor in gala program and website, cocktail hour, premium seating, gala dinner for (6) and valet parking

Recognition as cocktail hour sponsor in gala program and website, cocktail hour, premium seating, gala dinner for (6) and valet parking


All underwriting is 100% tax deductible. Gala ticket(s) purchased separately.

WINE: $5,000
FOOD COURSE (4): $3,000

For more information about sponsorships and underwriting opportunities, please contact Halim Kim, Senior Director of Development, at or (949) 553-2422, ext. 233.

Silent Auction Items

On the evening of the Gala, we will hold a silent auction with the following unique opportunities below. To purchase the auction item of your choice now, click the "Buy It Now" button to email our Development Department. 

Golf Classic

"Score On a High Note" Golf Classic Gala Special

Monday, September 19, 2022
Value: $1,000

Join us for an afternoon of friendly competition at the "Score On a High Note" Golf Classic taking place at Aliso Viejo Country Club, a par-72 Nicklaus Design course. Package includes access for four golfers, lunch, golf cart, practice balls, scorecards, bag tags, bag handling fees, gratuities, and buffet dinner. Winner also gets 5 balls entered into the Drone Ball Drop event with a chance to win a $500 grand prize! All proceeds from this item directly benefit the Philharmonic Society's Youth Music Education Programs.

Elton John

Elton John "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" Final U.S. Concert

Sunday, November 20, 2022
Value: Priceless

Don’t miss global superstar Elton John’s legendary performance as he closes out his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour in the U.S., taking his final bow in North America at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Join Philharmonic Society President, Tommy Phillips, and his wife, Julie Phillips, for dinner, transportation to/from the concert and two prime concert seats.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

“Vive la France!” with Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Sunday, April 2, 2023
Value: Priceless

For four lucky guests, the evening begins with French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performing Debussy’s complete Préludes in the pristine acoustics of Soka Performing Arts Center. Enjoy a private post-concert dinner with the artist at Marché Moderne, one of Southern California’s most celebrated French restaurants.

Yo-Yo Ma & Kathyrn Stott

Yo-Yo Ma VIP Concert Experience & 2023 Philharmonic Society Gala

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Value: Priceless

Enjoy an unforgettable experience with Yo-Yo Ma at Segerstrom Hall. You'll get premium concert seating for two, VIP tickets to the Philharmonic Society’s 2023 gala and pre-concert dinner, a backstage meet-and-greet and photograph with Yo-Yo Ma, and a signed vinyl of Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott's celebrated recording Songs of Comfort and Hope.


Midori & Mix Mix for Six

Sunday, April 16, 2023
Value: Priceless

Treat yourself and five friends to an exhilarating solo Bach performance by world-renowned violinist Midori at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Afterwards, join Midori for dinner with a four-course meal, complete with introductions and wine pairings by Chef Ross Pangilinan at Terrace by Mix Mix at South Coast Plazaa Michelin Bib Gourmand awardee.

Artist Info:

Aaron Diehl, piano

Aaron Diehl, piano

Pianist, composer, and bandleader Aaron Diehl is a dynamic, virtuosic, and versatile artist. He is one of the most sought after musicians of his generation, as evidenced by his critically acclaimed performances, collaborations, and compositions across multiple disciplines. A Steinway artist, Mr. Diehl is a 2007 graduate of The Juilliard School, the American Pianists Association’s 2011 Cole Porter Fellow, and a Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist. His work on Cécile McLorin Salvant’s For One To Love garnered him a Grammy Award, and his latest album, Space, Time, Continuum (on the Mack Avenue Records label), emphasizes artistic interactions between generations. 

Philippe Quint, violin

Philippe Quint, violin

One of the most versatile and imaginative artists on the concert stage today, multiple Grammy Award-nominated violinist Philippe Quint is internationally recognized for his unique approach to classical core repertoire, championing new music, rediscovering neglected works and creating a new format of docu-concert experience; multimedia journeys about lives of Astor Piazzolla and Charlie Chaplin.“Truly phenomenal” is how BBC Music Magazine recently described him, also adding that “Quint’s tonal opulence, generously inflected with subtle portamentos, sounds like a throwback to the glory days of Fritz Kreisler.”


Cocktail Hour Sponsor: Northern Trust

Aaron Diehl Sponsor: Deirdre and Doug Smith

Philippe Quint Sponsor: Anonymous

Floral Underwriters: Donna L. Kendall

Centerpiece Underwriters: Elaine and Carl Neuss, Barbara Hamkalo

Health and Safety Protocols:

The health and safety of our members is our top priority. Attending parties must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” means you received your final vaccine dose at least 14 days prior to this event. To enter the venue, please bring proof of vaccination, either your physical vaccination card, a picture of your vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record. Most California residents may request a digital vaccination record at

Can't attend but still want to make a gift in support of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County?