Crescendo, the annual gala fundraiser of San Francisco Gay Menâ€™s Chorus (SFGMC) comes to The Green Room on Oct. 10, presided over by Hollywoodâ€™s funniest man, Bruce Vilanch.
â€śYes, itâ€™s 10.10.10,â€ť says Chorus President Michael Tate. â€śTen times the excitement, ten times the luxury, and with Bruce at the helm, ten times the fun.â€ť
â€śSan Francisco? Brunch? Pink champagne? The Gay Menâ€™s Chorus? Obviously, the event needs someone like me to make it even gayer,â€ť jokes Vilanch.
The event will feature a charity auction, a gourmet brunch donated by renowned Patrick Davidâ€™s Catering & Events, and complimentary beverages courtesy of Ketel One Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, and Barefoot Wine and Bubbly. Soft piano music will accompany the luxurious menu and drinks as guests relax, mingle, and check out the silent auction. SFGMCâ€™s small ensemble, Vocal Minority, will give a short performance prior to the live auction. Vilanch will close the event with some knee-slapping slapstick and a priceless Q&A with the audience.
Crescendo raises funds for SFGMC throughout the year and features, as part of the live auction, an annual â€śfund-a-needâ€ť that highlights a particular service. Last year, the event raised funds to kick-start the Chorusâ€™ California Freedom Tour. This year, guests will be invited to help the Chorus expand its Experience Music Program (launched in April at Mission High School) to 7-10 year olds so that they can experience the joy of singing, to other high school students so that they can aspire to a career in the arts and, to provide more resources for members of the Chorus so that they can develop their artistry.
â€śMusic is the language of understanding,â€ť says Tate. â€śUnderstanding helps us to create beautiful music in the concert hall, respect between communities, joy in the classroom, and peace in our hearts. Help us tell our stories to a world that hungers for harmony.â€ť
Crescendo will be held on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m., in The Green Room of the San Francisco War Memorial, opposite City Hall. Tickets start at $100 and are available on-line at sfgmc.org/crescendo.