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.   


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.