Event Description

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018—6:00 PM

Raise your glass and toast our 34th season at California Dreamin’ II, our biggest event of the year! Back by popular demand, this year’s spring gala will feature more world-class California wines, hand-selected for pairing with a decadent multi-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Walter Dominguez at Hotel Santa Fe, The Hacienda & Spa  

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by Symphony friends and a glass of California bubbly, while delighting in passed hors d’oeuvres, entertainment by renowned guitarist Pat Malone, and an amazing lineup of high-end live and silent auction items giving you endless opportunities to support The Symphony, your Symphony, and its ongoing operations.

This highly anticipated evening features a dinner that you and your friends will savor, with music by our very own Principal Harpist, Anne Eisfeller, and our always-exciting live auction led by auctioneer extraordinaire Paul Margetson.

Tickets are $250 per person, a portion is tax-deductible. RSVP online or call 505.983.3530.

LIVE  & SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

Catamaran Firefly

Don’t miss this sail-of-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a week at sea in the Caribbean on a 46', state-of-the-art catamaran! Freshly renovated from top to bottom in the spring of 2016, the catamaran Firefly is consistently ranked by brokers, guests, and locals as one of the top five catamarans in the region, capable of hosting up to six guests on their Caribbean dream cruise. Don’t lift a finger under the excellent care of a private captain and crew, with all food, service and alcohol included. Firefly offers three spacious guest cabins with spectacular bedside views, each graciously appointed with a queen bed and ensuite showers. Incredible fun and adventure awaits for families, friends, and lovers of all ages! Your interests will guide the itinerary (BVI, Grenadines and Grenada), TBD between host and guest depending upon date and weather.

"Woman and Bird in Torment" by Joan Joan Miró

Joan Miró's original lithograph "Woman and Bird in Torment," Catalogue reference: Mourlot 510," was executed for Derriere le Miroir (DLM) in 1967. DLM was an art magazine published between 1946 and 1982 by the French publisher and gallery owner Aime Maeght in Paris. Beloved for his fantastical artworks filled with swirling, abstract forms, floating body parts, and otherworldly creatures, Miró's work earned international acclaim, and has been interpreted as Surrealism … a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. Not only did Miró take a distinct approach to creation, he focused on a number of mediums and forms during his career. This has made Joan Miró one of the most celebrated Spanish artists, and one who has created a unique style which many followed years after his death in 1983. This original Large Edition Lithograph is in excellent condition, framed, and matted.

"Lute Player" by James Jensen
Don't miss this opportunity to add this fantastic mixed-media piece, currently featured on the cover of The Symphony's 34th Season Program Book, to your art collection!! Raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, Jensen's creativity originally expressed itself in quite a different vein, the piano. Jensen entered the University of Colorado with specific intent of becoming a concert pianist, always knowing his interests were in both music and art. While technically brilliant, Jensen's true dream of composing music eluded him. When he realized his aptitude for painting and drawing, he began to spend increasing amounts of time in the studio instead of at the keyboard. When viewing Jensen's still life pastels, the influence of the Old World masters is unmistakable. But there is an individuality in his work, a vibrancy that comes from the artist himself.
"Open Heart"
For Leshek Zavistovski, creating is healing. After being diagnosed with lymphoma a number of years ago, he remembered hearing frightening stories about poor survival rates. But he said to himself and those around him, “No way — I’m going to fight this.” He immediately set to work and remarkably, completed the first half of the sculpture [titled “Hope” which now completed, stands at the entrance to the UNM Cancer Center] during his course of chemotherapy. Art, Zavistovski believes, offers a way out of one’s self and out of one’s disease. “When you look at a work of art, or listen to music, the chemistry of the brain acts in a positive way, and the positive inspiration helps with healing.”Leshek continues, “To celebrate my recovery from the cancer I created ‘Open Heart.’ There are several different versions that are owned by Santa Fe collectors.”
Pranzo

Celebrate at a local dining hot-spot this summer! Chef Lemon founded Pranzo and created its unique take on Italian/Mediterranean cuisince twenty-five years ago. With daily happy hours and the beloved Geist Cabaret every weekend, there's always something to justify another visit.

Il Piatto

Enjoy a fabulous farm-to-restaurant meal at Santa Fe's celebrated Il Piatto, courtesy of accoladed chef Matt Yohalem. Besides countless awards and media features, Yohalem has served the community from the Board of the Restaurant Association to the Farmers Market, all while running Il Piatto since its opening in 1996.

Golf for Four

Gather a few friends for a round of golf at The Club at Las Campanas, whose Jack Nicklaus Signature courses—Sunset and Sunrise--are rated #1 and #3 in New Mexico respectively. Spectacular mountain vistas frame these two singular golf courses, where long drives and beautifully designed putting surfaces make great golf an everyday experience. This special opportunity includes cart fees and is good through the end of October 2018.

Geronimo

The contemporary American cuisine at historic The Compound Restaurant justifies any visit, but its historic roots will encourage you and your guests to enjoy the atmosphere while you feast. Once a vacation home for flapper-era celebrities, designer Alexander Girard shaped the restaurant has drawn locals and travellers since chef/owner Mark Kiffin reopened it in 2000.

Conduct The Sympony!

Take to the podium, baton in hand, and lead The Symphony Orchestra! Here is your chance to perform as Guest Conductor at The Symphony’s annual Christmas Pops concert, scheduled for December 9, 2018 at The Lensic. Your piece, 6 to 8 minutes in length, will be mutually agreed-upon and fitting for this concert.This priceless experience includes a baton and conducting lessons with The Symphony’s own Gregory W. Heltman.

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

This gift certificate entitles you to a pair of tickets to any 2018 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival evening concert. Since it was founded in 1972, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become one of the world’s preeminent music festivals, guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation. Today, the Festival invites scores of distinguished musicians, along with emerging young talent, during its 6-week season. Thousands of enthusiastic patrons young and old return year after year to enjoy the more than eighty concerts, recitals, master classes, youth concerts, and open rehearsals.

Cabaret in Your Home

Invite friends and music lovers to enjoy an evening in your home with celebrated concert pianist and cabaret artist David Geist, performing the music of Broadway and the American Songbook. Geist has enjoyed an illustrious career working on Broadway shows such as Cats, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Wicked, The Producers, Fosse, The Boy from Oz, Sunset Boulevard and Parade; he has performed with such world-renowned singers as Betty Buckley, Rita Moreno and Hugh Jackman, as well as composing legends Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Geist appears regularly at the Geist Cabaret at Pranzo Italian Grill. (Electronic piano available, if needed.)

Vermejo Park Ranch

Enjoy a three-night, two-day fishing and Outdoor Exploration package for two people at the renowned and exclusive Vermejo Park Ranch in Raton, New Mexico, set amidst 920 square miles of pristine mountain wilderness and featured in Architectural Digest, Ranches of the American West, and National Geographic Magazine. This package includes meals, accommodations, fishing, horseback riding, skeet/clay shooting and the use of batteries and trolling motors. This offer is good for the 2018 summer season, May 10 through August 31, 2018, based on availability. Not included: company store purchases, alcoholic beverages and optional guide services.

Music in the Mountains

Music in the Mountains is Durango, Colorado’s annual acclaimed classical music festival and conservatory. For over thirty years, Music in the Mountains has produced exceptional music at multiple venues with musicians of the highest caliber. This package offers one night at the Purgatory Resort and one pair of tickets for a festival performance, July 9 though July 30, 2017. (The room is based on availability, so the winner should make arrangements as soon as possible.)

Prospector for a Day!

Enjoy a scenic lakeside gourmet lunch and dig for up to four people at John Scully’s Lost Lake Claim, Nacimiento Mine, in Cuba, New Mexico, one-hour and 45 minutes’ drive from Santa Fe. Nacimiento is an out-of-operation, open-pit copper mine with a blue-green lake, where you will collect specimens of mineralized, 300 million year-old trees. Some agility is required for the 10-minute scramble to the digging area. Digging advice and tools provided. Pieces of mined-out copper and azurite, pictured here, come with the offer. Winner provides transportation to and from the mine. Available dates: July 17 - August 6; August 22 - 28; or October 17 - November 30, 2018.

Il Piatto Gift Certificate

Enjoy a fabulous farm-to-restaurant meal at Santa Fe's celebrated Il Piatto, courtesy of accoladed chef Matt Yohalem. Besides countless awards and media features, Yohalem has served the community from the Board of the Restaurant Association to the Farmers Market, all while running Il Piatto since its opening in 1996.

Westin Riverfront Timeshare in Beaver Creek, CO

Located on a river in stunning Avon, CO, The Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas, Beaver Creek Mountain, is a 4-star condominium resort within easy distance of Beaver Creek Golf Course, Beaver Creek Hiking Center, Vilar Performing Arts Center, and the storied Beaver Creek Resort. You’ll relax in a spacious and stylish 1330 square-foot villa that accommodates up to 8 people and comprises two full kitchens, two bedrooms (one master) with balconies or patios, two bathrooms, dual living spaces and a formal dining area. You’ll have ample opportunity to pamper yourselves at the resort’s spa, catch up on some exercise at the 24-hour health club, take a dip in the outdoor pool, and explore the spectacular surroundings, which boast world class golf, culinary wonders, paddling adventures, and hiking amidst a drop-dead Colorado landscape. This weeklong package is available from Friday, September 28, 2018 (4 p.m.) until the morning of Friday, October 5 only.

The Compound Gift Certificate

Snap up this fabulous dining experience at one of Santa Fe’s most acclaimed restaurants. Warm and inviting, the “Borrego House” was built by Geronimo Lopez in 1756 and boasts thick adobe walls, kiva fireplaces and wood beams—the epitome of elegance, Santa Fe style. Geronimo is the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond and Mobil/Forbes 4 Star Awards and was voted into OpenTable’s “Top 100 Restaurants in the Country.” Executive Chef de Cuisine Sllin Cruz creates the stellar “Global Eclectic” menu that changes seasonally.

Custom Wine Tasting

Enjoy a custom wine tasting for 6 to 8 people in the comfort of your home. Andrea Holley, founder of Food & Wine Syndicate, will work with you to create a bespoke wine-tasting for you and your guests with personalized wine selections/themes, Inclusive of tasting notes and pairing suggestions. Andrea holds a diploma in Wine and Spirits (DWS) from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London and Food & Wine Syndicate consults on food and wine pairings and wine service for private and public events and also organizes guided wine tastings designed around specific themes, regions and/or seasons. As both a wine educator and a wine lover, Andrea brings her passion for wine to every project and provides a multi-layered experience for clients. Date TBD between the winner and Andrea Holley.

Cello Recital in Your Home

Enjoy a private recital in your home! You and your guests will be serenaded by two exceptional Santa Fe Symphony cellists: Juilliard-trained Dana Winograd, The Symphony’s Principal Cello, veteran of Broadway and Carnegie Hall; and Rubenstein-prize-winner Joel Becktell, our Assistant Principal Cello and former Principal Cellist of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be performed on a mutually agreeable date within a year of the auction.

"Light on The Lensic"

Painter Donald Weber, of Santa Fe and Louisville, brings his architect's eye to The Symphony's beloved Lensic during a tranquil sunset.

Juniper Series Print

Black and white photograph print. Framed and matted, 21"x18". From the "Juniper" series by Patricia Galagan, "Bandelier Juniper" was captured during Galagan's 2015 artist residency at the Bandelier National Monument. Where much of the photographer's work focuses on the aftermath of natural disasters, in "Juniper" Galagan reflects the tenacity of an omnipresent tree while considering how the junipers may be conquered by future ecological changes.

Violin, Harp & Oboe Recital in Your Home

A private recital in your home by three exceptional Santa Fe Symphony principal musicians: Nicolle Maniaci (violin), Anne Eisfeller (harp), and Elaine Heltman (oboe). The concert will be performed on a mutually agreeable date within a year of the auction.

R.C. Gorman Paper Casting

Paper casting, signed, framed, and numbered. By R. C. Gorman, called "the Picasso of American Indian artists" by the New York Times. Known primarily for his vibrant paintings of Native American women, Gorman moved to Taos early in his career to open the city's first Native-owned art gallery.

"Shiprock" by Philip Metcalf

Black and white infrared photograph print. Framed and matted, 20"x24". The eponymous "Shiprock" stands stark against the sky in Philip Metcalf's landscape photograph, taken in the Badlands region.

Array Home
Treat yourself or your friends to a surprise from Array's enticing mixture of objects and objets d'art for the home. Owners Stark and Redelin stock everything from candles and stationary to artisan pottery and children's toys, with an eye for home pieces that are organic and elegant, yet still whimsical.
Goler Fine Shoes
Goler Fine Imported Shoes brings over thirty years of experience and four generations of fashion savvy to Santa Fe. Goler’s cosmopolitan store on Palace Avenue offers men’s, women’s and a sprinkling of children’s shoes that are sharp, colorful, often bold, sometimes whimsical, and always thoughtfully curated. Eyewear, handbags and a small yet striking collection of high fashion make Goler a go-to for locals and visitors alike.
Horseback Riding
Enjoy a four hour adventure in the mountains and a relaxing picnic under the pines. hand over the reins and let us show you the Land of Enchantment during one of our custom horseback riding adventures. Nestled in a mountain retreat, Enchantment Equitreks is the destination for equestrians and horse enthusiasts. Each ride we will take you through desert canyons, wading through the river, climbing towering mountains, tracing the steps of cowboys and looking out for dinosaur bones. Hand over the reins and let Enchantment Equitreks show you the Land of Enchantment during one of their custom horseback riding adventures. Nestled in a mountain retreat, Enchantment Equitreks is the destination for equestrians and horse enthusiasts. Each ride will take you through desert canyons, wading through the river, climbing towering mountains, tracing the steps of cowboys and looking out for dinosaur bones.
Met Tickets!
Experience grand opera at its grandest with two Orchestra seats for a performance of your choosing during the Metropolitan Opera’s 2018-2019 season at Lincoln Center. Date of the opera chosen to be arranged between the winner and the Met.
RC Gorman Paper Casting
Paper casting, signed, framed, and numbered. By R. C. Gorman, called "the Picasso of American Indian artists" by the New York Times. Known primarily for his vibrant paintings of Native American women, Gorman moved to Taos early in his career to open the city's first Native-owned art gallery.
"Guacamole"
Someone once asked who had given me permission to paint the way I do. I thought that was a wonderful question because in it was the implication that the work was somehow outside of some set of rules to which a painter had to comply. Painting is not a matter of rules, rather it is an arena of freedom and creative liberty where no permission is required -that is, if one paints. -Melinda Hall

 

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Wines

Schramsberg Brut Rose, 2015 ATS Cuvasion Chardonnay, 2011 DuMol Chardonnay, 2014 David Arthur Meritaggio Proprietary Blend, 2014 Robert Biale Black Chicken Zinfandel, 2014 Flora Springs Trilogy, 2014 Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2014 Saucelito Canyon Late Harvest Zinfandel

Passed Canapes

pacific oysters in shell with bloody mary granita, artichoke heart stuffed with farro, beet and mint yogurt, and california mini blta sandwiches

Starter Course

corn flake and sesame soft shell crab—over purple rice with a tangy orange & red pepper sauce

Second Course

cioppino—san francisco’s answer to bouillabaisse-local fish stew

Entrée

deconstructed venison wellington—puffed pastry, mushrooms, broccolini with elephant garlic, white and green asparagus, and veal reduction

Dessert

cherry panna cotta with lemon-poppy olive oil cake

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