Benefit Events
March 30, 2017, 6:30 pm
Craneway Pavilion

To purchase tables or tickets,
please call:

510-841-2800 ex 301
or for single ticket purchases,
click the link below.

Join Berkeley Symphony on Thursday, March 30, 2017, for a special intimate solo performance with legendary singer/songwriter/composer Rufus Wainwright. Hosted at the stunning Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, we celebrates a new season of adventurous music at our 13th Annual Benefit Gala. All proceeds support Berkeley Symphony’s concert and educational programs, including the commissioning of new work and the Symphony’s award-winning Music in the Schools program.


Please support Berkeley Symphony as a individual sponsor at this year’s Benefit Gala with single ticket or table sponsorships below.

Includes listing in all event-related materials as a Maestra level sponsor, valet parking, reception, VIP dinner seating, and priority auction handling.

Maestra table of twelve: $16,500

Maestra tax-deductible portion: $15,600

Includes listing in all event-related materials as an Impresario level sponsor, valet parking, reception, VIP dinner seating, and priority auction handling.

Impresario table of ten: $11,500

Impresario tax-deductible portion: $10,750

Includes listing in all event-related materials as a Virtuoso level sponsor, valet parking, reception, dinner, and priority auction handling

Virtuoso table of ten: $7,500

Virtuoso tax-deductible portion: $6,750 

Includes reception and dinner. Table sponsors additionally receive listing in all event-related materials.

Aficionado table of ten: $3,750
Aficionado single tickets: $375 each

Aficionado table tax-deductible portion: $3,000
Aficionado single ticket tax-deductible portion: $300 



National Geographic Unique Lodges Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort

5 Day, 4 Night stay for two at Siwash Like Wilderness Resort, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, located in British Columbia.

Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort, a lodge that embodies the adventurous spirit of the Gold Rush settlers who came to the region more than 150 years ago, rests in British Columbia’s Cariboo wilderness, Canada cowboy country. Along with the palpable pioneering spirit here, a deep communion with nature infuses every aspect of the experience. The log-built ranch house seems hewn from the surrounding forest. Spend your days channeling your inner frontiersman, roaming the many miles of trail on horseback or foot. Or stay close to the ranch, soaking in the serenity of Lake Siwash and immersing yourself in the unspoiled scenery of Canada’s Wild West.

This once-in-a-lifetime luxury package includes a National Geographic Exclusive Experience, private accommodations, meals, house alcohols, personalized itinerary, daily guided adventure activities, use of kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, and mountain bikes.

Additionally, this exclusive Berkeley Symphony package includes $4,000 in economy-class airfare credits for two toward round-trip international flights from SFO or OAK to Williams Lake airport, and ground transportation to the resort. Any additional airfare or alternative means of connection to the resort is the responsibility of the winners.

Donated by National Geographic Unique Lodges and Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes


Fine Art and Cocktails at the Getty Home

Take the ultimate exclusive tour of fine artistic treasures at the San Francisco home of Ann and Gordon Getty, and enjoy an unforgettable cocktail reception for up to 25 guests.

Donated by Ann & Gordon Getty


Weeklong Maui Getaway

Kick back and relax when you spend one week in a 2-bedroom Resort View Villa at the brand-new Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Kaanapali, Maui, right on the sandy ocean beach. Enjoy a heated lagoon pool, beach pool with sand bottom and water slide, plunge pools and whirlpool spas, a restaurant, bar and market,  BBQ stations,  fitness studio, and Kids Club.

The Resort View Villa is 1,260 sq. ft. and sleeps six people, (two on sofa bed).  Master and guest bedrooms are equipped with private baths, and the villa comes fully equipped with a kitchen (includes range/oven, full size refrigerator, and dishwasher), a washer and dryer, in-room wireless high speed internet access, an HD TV in each room, DVD, and Bose radio in the living room. Enjoy the ocean breeze on a private lanai with outdoor furniture.  

Available for 2018 dates, subject to availability at the resort.  Reservation must be made through the donor between 12 and 8 months prior to arrival date.  The earlier the reservation is made, the higher the probability of your preferred dates being available.  Arrival is okay any day of the week, with arrival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday being best for availability.

Donated by John W. Dewes

Great Performances Around the Bay

Enjoy extraordinary concerts and performances throughout 2017/18 presented three of the Bay Area’s premier performing arts groups.

  •   Choose from 3 classic operas: Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, or La Bohème, and start your summer off with a backstage tour and Intermezzo Lounge access at the San Francisco Opera.
  •   In June, hear Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony perform his own setting of Carl Sandburg’s poem Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind alongside works by Charles Ives and Lou Harrison in a concert of American mavericks.
  •   Enjoy a performance during the San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 Repertory season in February or March 2018.

Donated by San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony



Tour the Engineering Geology of the San Francisco Bay Area with Geologist and Berkeley Symphony Cellist Ken Johnson

A day of unparalleled geologic sightseeing in the San Francisco Bay Area for up to three people. Picnic lunch included.

Donated by Kenneth Johnson



Fine Wine Raffle

Great Performances around the Bay

Fabulous Weeklong Vacation in Lakefront Family Home on Lake Tahoe’s Beautiful West Shore

Live Large in New York City!

Fine Art and Cocktails at the Getty Home

An Equisite Long Weekend in Los Angeles

National Geographic Unique Lodges: Five Days, Four Nights at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort in British Columbia

A Week in a Romantic Cottage for Two on the Breathtaking Mendocino Coast

Weeklong Maui Getaway




“Dueling Pianos” – An Evening of Jazz

Get the Best Seats in the House: Your Orchestra Seats Await You – On the Stage!

Bay Area Theatre Extravaganza!

Friends of Berkeley Symphony: Collaborations and Musical Offerings

“Hardy the Obscure” – A Salon with Richard Collier 

Tour the Engineering Geology of the San Francisco Bay Area with Geologist and Berkeley Symphony Cellist Ken Johnson

Branch Out and Discover Your Family Tree with Berkeley Symphony Principal Oboe, Deborah Shidler

Chanticleer, the Grammy Award-Winning Men’s A Cappella Chorus, Presents Their Summer Bay Area Season

Music@Menlo’s Fifteenth Season

Four-Day Weekend at Donner Lake Cabin

What’s for Dinner?

Garden Lunch with Leah Garchik

What Do MTT, Frank Gehry, and Meyer Sound Have in Common? Miami’s Trailblazing New World Symphony

Rest and Relaxation at the Claremont Hotel

In the Middle of it All: Bancroft Hotel

1982 Pichon Lalande, Pauillac

1983 Pichon Lalande, Pauillac

Dyer Vineyard 2012 Diamond Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum

Quivira Vineyards Tour and Tasting

Ask Philippa: Measure for Measure

Wine Country

Magnum Duo


Gala Sponsors



Ann & Gordon Getty • Tricia Swift

Sarah Coade Mandell & Peter Mandell


Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes

Thomas W. Richardson & Edith Jackson

Brian James & Shariq Yosufzai




Gertrude Allen



Sandra Floyd



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