GALA and Parties with a Purpose



The Gala may be over but there is still time to attend Parties With a Purpose! These delightful and exciting parties allow you to support your Symphony while providing a memorable and fun experience for you and your friends.   


Maestro Mingle: Come join us at Woodhaven Farm in Nipomo for a New Zealand style welcome to Andrew Sewell and family. Tastey treats prepared by Chef Rochelle. Mingle with the Maestro while listening to music courtesy of celebrated musicians from the SLO Symphony and the winner of the Youth Symphony Concerto Competition. Casual attire as you may want to wander through the orchard, garden, and avocado groves. 

Musical Program to include:
Piazzolla Trio "Oblivion" (Pam Dassenko, Nancy Nagano, Mark Sherman)
Mozart Oboe Quartet (Jessica Hoffman, Pam Dassenko, Emily Lanzone, Nancy Nagano)
Lalo Symphony Espagnol -- Intermezzo (Claire Sze, violin -- 1st Place, Concerto Competition)
Mark Sherman, piano, accompanist


Location:  Woodhaven Farm, Nipomo
Hosts: Mark Sherman and Denise Barilla, Fred and
Rochelle Friedman, Maurina Kusell and Michael Zigelman
DATE: April 28, 2018
HERE to purchase.

An Adventure at the Piedras Blancas Light Station:  This party offers a chance to visit and share in an exquisite experience at this landmark and it’s surroundings. This is a rare invitation to discover in-depth light station details concerning the site’s past and present. Even if you have been on a tour recently, you will want to sign up for this one-of-a-kind visit. You will be the only group on the site, and as part of this intimate group, will be treated to a behind the scenes guided tour lead by expert volunteer guide, Dr. Mark Arnold.  And sh-h-h… With some luck, you may get a chance to hear the sounds of a Norwegian violin being played in the lighthouse tower. 
Location: Piedras Blancas Light Station
Hosts:  Deanna Richards and Paul Severtson , the Piedras Blancas
Light Station Association, and the Bureau of Land Management.
Date: May 9, 2018
HERE to purchase.

Step Fashionably into Spring & Summer: Consider your spring and summer wardrobe decisions solved.  Lynda Flynn at Willow Nest will present a fashion show in the secret garden behind her boutique. This is the time and place to enhance your personal style. The afternoon will feature a selection of unique European and American style clothing in natural fibers, as well as accessories to polish your look. Enjoy light refreshments as you watch the show. Stay afterward to enjoy the quiet garden space, sip a bit more bubbly, and shop for your perfect look.
Location: Lynda Flynn at Willow Nest, San Luis Obispo
Hosts:  Lynda Flynn and Victoria Schmidt
Date: May 12, 2018
HERE to purchase.

Elegant Edna Valley Evening:  This evening will delight you in many ways – spectacular food, enchanting music, and awesome location. Your elegant evening will include a chef prepared 5-course gourmet meal with fine wines and beverages. You will be treated to music played by Cellist Hilary Clark and Pianist Lynne Garrett.  The evening is hosted at one of the most spectacular homes overlooking stunning views of the Edna Valley and San Luis Obispo Country Club.  This will be truly an evening to remember.
Location: San Luis Obispo
Hosts: Michael and Doris Bell
DATE: May 19, 2018
HERE to purchase.

It’s a Pizza Party:  Who doesn’t love pizza? This mouth-watering and relaxing evening includes “build your own” pizza, baked in an authentic wood-fired pizza oven. Enjoy a selection of tasty appetizers, salads, and desserts paired with local and international wines, beers, and beverages.  For cigar lovers, join host and Sanctuary Tobacco Shop owner Doug Shaw on the patio for a post -dinner nightcap! This will be a casual, but lively, evening, so come with an appetite and a lighthearted attitude.
Location: Home of Doug Shaw and Annie Shaw, San Luis Obispo
Hosts: Doug Shaw and Annie Shanks 
DATE: June 23, 2018
HERE to purchase.

Cuban Pig Roast:  No passport or visa is required; we’ve brought Cuba to you! Join the festivities in the Mission parish hall and courtyard gardens, listen to Cuban music, and watch master pig roaster Michael Framberger roast a whole pig in his Cuban roasting box. If you have not experienced this one-of-a-kind dinner, you are in for a treat.  The meat is crisp and slightly charred on the outside, fall-apart tender on the inside. Authentic Cuban side dishes and world class wines plus homemade gelato provided by Maurice and Susie Wedell complete the enticing menu. 
Location: San Luis Obispo
Hosts: Michael and Connie Framberger, Maurice and Susie Wedell
DATE: June 30, 2018
HERE to purchase.

The Secret Lives of Tortoises:  If you have wondered which species of tortoise beat that hare, you just may find out at this opportunity to party with some very cool tortoises and even more cool folks who own and care for them – Ron Rupert and his wife Shaunna Sullivan. This is a unique chance to visit with this treasure trove of tortoises (and a few other reptiles)! Touch them.  Hold them.  Learn about them and their secrets. Get out of your shell and comfort zone with a close and enlightening encounter with these unusual creatures.
Location: Los Osos
Hosts: Deanna Richards, Ron Rupert and Shaunna Sullivan  
Date: August 4, 2018
HERE to purchase.

Italian Al Fresco:  Slip into a relaxed frame of mind during a casual afternoon and evening of al fresco dining experience. This party will include a multi-course, mouth-watering Italian meal complemented by fine wine, cheese, and aperitifs.  Like Italy in August, everything will move at a leisurely pace so you can enjoy the company of other guests, savor each course, and perhaps even take in a game of bocce.  The garden patio is beautifully landscaped and cozy. Buon appetito!
Location:  Home of Dianne and Michael Draze, San Luis Obispo
Hosts: Dianne and Michael Draze, Deb and John Spatafore, and Diana Rheinisch
DATE: August 18, 2018
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Sip, Saunter, & Sounds - San Luis Drive Progressive Dinner: This progressive dinner at three beautiful homes is always a favorite event. Strolling along the San Luis Obispo Drive neighborhood, you will begin the evening with tasty appetizers, then move to another home for a mouth-watering main course prepared by acclaimed chef Rochelle Friedman.  Finish the evening at the third home for dessert. Each course will be accompanied by select wines or after-dinner drinks. Add a musical performance by local pianist Marian Gilbert and you’ll agree that this is a must-do party.  Your evening will combine the best of food, ambiance, libations, and conviviality.
Location: Three homes on San Luis Drive, San Luis Obispo
Hosts: Jeff and Melodee Brady, Jeanne Potter, Ron Tilley, Kathryn Rogers 
DATE: September 8, 2018
HERE to purchase.

Music at the Chapman Estate by the Sea:  Relax and enjoy a lovely fall afternoon with Maestro Andrew and Mary Sewell on the grounds of the Chapman Estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Hear about the upcoming season and other musical events from Maestro Andrew and listen to the upbeat sounds of the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s Burnished Brass Quartet. Take in the beauty of the begonia house, stroll the lovely grounds, enjoy the ocean view, and savor appetizers, wine, and beverages. Set aside this afternoon to enjoy the ambiance of this noteworthy location.
Location: Chapman Estate, Shell Beach
Hosts: Judy Kambestad and George Shepard, Melodie Beard, and Linda Parker Sanpei
DATE: September 30, 2018
HERE to purchase.


*All party dates are subject to change

**Parties not listed here are sold out. If you need to pay for a reservation that is not listed, please call the office at 805-543-3533 (option 0).

For any questions or to reserve your place at the party, call the office at 805-543-3533 (option 0).

Proceeds raised at the gala will benefit the Symphony’s musical performances and educational programs, enabling the Symphony to maintain its long-held position as a leader in classical music, music education, and culture in San Luis Obispo County.