2019 SF Civic Music Gala

Musical Elements

Join us on May 11, 2019 for our fifth annual benefit gala. Enjoy an evening of fine wine, extraordinary music, and culinary delights at the iconic Green Room in San Francisco's War Memorial & Performing Arts Center.

A generous anonymous donor will match up to $20,000 during the paddle raise portion of the event. Funds raised from this evening support the SF Civic Music's mission to provide a welcoming place for amateur musicians to play and free concerts for our community.

For questions or more information, contact gala@sfcivicmusic.org.

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May 11, 2019
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Green Room
San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center
401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA (map)



2019's gala program includes:

  • Wine hour

  • A new strolling dinner menu format to encourage guests to mingle and enjoy live background music by SF Civic Music musicians

  • Keynote Address by Robert Howard, new Music Director for SF Civic Strings (bio)

  • Silent and live auctions

  • Paddle raise to support SF Civic Music’s 2020 Season, with up to $20,000 matched by a generous anonymous donor



Tickets for the 2019 Gala, "Musical Elements," are on sale now! Early bird pricing ends April 19, 2019.


musical elements

2019’s gala theme is Musical Elements. Just like the music we create, our musicians and ensembles are made up of unique, diverse parts that come together to create a beautiful whole.

We are dynamic. Our musicians range from recent grads to retirees, old hands at their instruments and just coming back after a long hiatus. We are executives, clerks, scientists, engineers, students, lawyers, homemakers, and teachers.

We set the tone. We are enthusiastic - and passionate - about making great music.

We're speeding up the tempo. We've expanded in the last five years from one to three orchestras and over 300 musicians.

We are in harmony. We are focused on supporting a rich amateur musical community.


Previous Galas

At our previous galas, we watched twilight descend over the city from the balcony while enjoying drinks and hors d'oeuvres complemented by chamber music. In 2018 we welcomed keynote speaker Michael Morgan, Music Director of the Oakland Symphony, to speak about the importance of music in building culture and community. We had live and silent auctions in support of several key initiatives for our upcoming seasons. Photos from previous galas: