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PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY GALA RAISES OVER $346,000

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 PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY GALA FEATURING PIANIST JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET & VIOLINIST AUBREE OLIVERSON RAISES OVER $346,000 FOR ARTISTIC AND YOUTH MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS

 

(IRVINE, CA, June 3, 2024)

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County held its 70th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Raising $346,450, proceeds from the evening benefit the Philharmonic Society’s Artistic and Youth Programs as well as its Strike Up the Band grant program, which aims to create a meaningful impact on school music programs through the granting of musical instruments and teaching materials. This year, Philharmonic Society received grant applications from 68 schools throughout Orange County, totaling $700,000 in requests.

 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Upon arrival, party attendees were welcomed to a cocktail hour complete with wine, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and music by members of the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony.

Following the reception, Philharmonic Society President and Artistic Director Tommy Phillips welcomed and introduced guests to an intimate performance by world-renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and rising-star violinist Aubree Oliverson. Jean-Yves Thibaudet captivated the audience with Claude Debussy’s La cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral). The duo then performed Debussy’s Violin Sonata. Aubree Oliverson delivered a stunning performance of Kevin Puts' Arches, and the performance concluded with the duo performing a selection of pieces for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler. Artist sponsors included John Flemming and Mark Powell, and Steven M. Sorenson and Eric Shay.

After the performance, guests enjoyed a three-course dinner prepared by Patina Restaurant Group, beginning with the “Hamachi Crudo,” a melon duo with black garlic jam, dehydrated strawberries, gooseberries, and olive oil. For the main course, guests enjoyed the “New York Steak and Grilled Arctic Char,” which included wild mushrooms, baby rainbow carrots, celery root, baby spinach, and black peppercorn sauce. Dinner concluded with “Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta,” a Meyer lemon confit with basil seed, crème Chantilly, and honeycomb. The dessert was accompanied by jazz entertainment featuring vocalist Teryn Ré, pianist Adam Bravo and bassist Ryan Rost. The signature cocktail drinks for the evening were “The Classic,” a gin martini and Philharmonic Society favorite, as well as “Botanical Buzz,” which includes gin, elderflower, lemon, and bubbles.

The evening’s wine selection, generously provided by Waters Edge Wineries, featured a 2020 DOC Sangiovese from Corona, Italy, and a 2021 Miscela Bianca from Tuscany, Italy. Waters Edge Wineries has been a steadfast and generous supporter of the Philharmonic Society for several seasons, consistently enhancing the Philharmonic Society’s special events with their exceptional wines.

 

LIVE AUCTION

The Gala’s live auction kicked off with an introduction by auctioneer Vincent Zapien. Guests bid on opportunities which included:

Funds generated from the live auction benefited the Philharmonic Society’s youth music education programs.

 

FUND A NEED

The Fund a Need portion of the evening, also benefiting the Philharmonic Society’s Strike Up the Band grant program, received generous donations from Elizabeth Segerstrom, Jerry and Terri Kohl, and Charles and Ling Zhang, among others. In the last four years, funds raised for the Strike Up the Band grant programs through annual galas have enabled the Philharmonic Society to serve more than 25 schools in Orange County.

ON THE SCENE

Gala attendees included: Jane Fujishige Yada, Liz Spiller, Ben Cadwallader, Jim Brophy, France and Richard Campbell, Margaret Gates, Howard Jelinek, Chris and Marlene Nielsen, Barbara Roberts, Dee Roh, Gail and Robert Sebring, Dr. Bob and June Shillman, Deirdre and Douglas Smith, Diane Stovall, and Gayle Widyolar, among others.

 

ABOUT THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY:

Founded in 1954 as Orange County’s first music organization, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents national and international performances of the highest quality and provides dynamic and innovative music education programs for individuals of all ages to enhance the lives of Orange County audiences through music.

Since its inception, the Philharmonic Society has evolved and grown with the county’s changing landscape, presenting artists and orchestras who set the standard for artistic achievement from Itzhak Perlman, Gustavo Dudamel, Yo-Yo Ma, and Renée Fleming to the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and many others. In addition, the Philharmonic Society celebrates multi-disciplinary performances under its Eclectic Orange brand and embraces music from a wide range of countries with its World Music performances. Its celebrated family concerts introduce children to classical music with creative and inspiring performances, instilling music appreciation for future generations.

The Philharmonic Society’s nationally recognized Youth Music Education Programs, offered free of charge, engage more than 100,000 students annually through curriculum-based music education programs that aim to inspire, expand imaginations, and encourage learning at all levels. These programs are made possible by the Committees of the Philharmonic Society comprised of 500 volunteer members who provide more than 90,000 hours of in-kind service each year. As a key youth program, the exceptional Orange County Youth Symphony and String Ensemble provide top-tier training to the area’s most talented young musicians through multi-level ensemble instruction, leadership training, touring opportunities, challenging professional repertoire, and performances in world-class venues. The Philharmonic Society also promotes life-long learning by connecting with colleges and universities to conduct masterclasses and workshops and providing pre-concert lectures to introduce audiences to program selections.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS :

Adaora Onyebeke

adaora@philharmonicsociety.org

 

Marie-Songco Torres

marie@philharmonicsociety.org