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San Francisco

Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:00pm, The Green Room (one floor above the Herbst Theatre)

About the Event

The gala will immediately follow our special side-by-side concert with Zurich Chamber Orchestra. We will honor our special guests from Zurich, share in delicious food and wine from event sponsors Sonoma-Cutrer, and our vivacious auctioneer Michael Tate will lead the bidding for several Swiss-themed packages, including an exclusive European concert experience.

Cocktail Hour begins at 7 PM.
Dinner begins at 8 PM.
Festive attire | All reservations will be held at the door.

About the Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Founded in 1945 by Edmond de Stoutz, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra is now one of the leading ensembles of its kind. Under the direction of Edmond de Stoutz and later Howard Griffiths and Muhai Tang, the orchestra won international recognition. In the years of the world-acclaimed Principal Conductor Sir Roger Norrington, from 2011 to 2015, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra did much to establish and enhance its excellent reputation. Since the 2016/17 season the orchestra is led for the first time not by a conductor but, in the person of Music Director Daniel Hope, by an instrumentalist. Regular invitations to international festivals, performances in Europe's leading centres of music, concert tours on almost all continents and numerous critically acclaimed CD releases testify to the worldwide renown of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. In 2017 two of the orchestra's CD releases were honoured with an Echo Classic Award in the Classics Without Borders category. The repertoire is broadly based, extending from the Baroque (in historically informed performance on gut strings and with Baroque bows) through the Classical and Romantic eras to the present day. The orchestra is also notable for its work with musicians from other fields such as jazz, folk music and popular entertainment. The concerts for children of all ages, outreach work with children and young people and encouragement of young instrumentalists are in every way as important to the Zurich Chamber Orchestra as its close and continuing collaboration with world-renowned soloists.

About Daniel Hope

Regarded as “adventurous and brilliant” by The New York Times, Daniel Hope has toured the world as a solo and chamber virtuoso and is considered “among the best in the world as well as the most thoughtful, is as brilliant at Bach as Birtwistle” by The Observer (London).

Daniel Hope, an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, has earned numerous GRAMMY nominations, a Classical BRIT award, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and five ECHO Klassik Prizes. He previously recorded for Warner Classics and Nimbus, playing Bach, Britten, Elgar, Finzi, Foulds, Ireland, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Penderecki, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Tippett, Walton, and Weill. His recording of the Berg Violin Concerto was voted to be the "best available of all time" by Gramophone Magazine in 2010. His Mendelssohn CD for Deutsche Grammophon featuring the Violin Concerto and Octet was voted one of the finest Mendelssohn recordings by The New York Times in 2009.

As a music director, Hope leads chamber orchestras as violin soloist with ensembles including the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Salzburg, and Concerto Koln. He has performed at the world's most important festivals, such as the BBC Proms, and the Lucerne, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Tanglewood festivals.