Each year, The Collegiate Chorale’s Benefit Auction has presented spectacular offerings. This year again, we offer you an artfully composed array of irresistible packages, each positively stuffed with goodies, and bound to appeal to bidding syndicates or solo bidders. Your enthusiastic, generous, and repeated bids will ensure our continued, unrivaled artistic achievements and our highly respected educational programs. So don’t leave empty handed!
#1 – I’M LIKING THE VIKING #2 – BE A STARCATCHER! #3 – THE MAESTRO AND THE MEZZO #4 – ENLIGHTENMENT IN DUMBO #5 – MATILDA AND THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY #6 – HIGH ALTITUDE EXPERIENCE #7 – OVER THERE #8 – EDUCATION AUCTION: THE STAR-MAKER PACKAGE
Auction Item #1 – I’M LIKING THE VIKING
Artists of our Song of Norway production offer you invaluable items to bring the excitement of the evening back home. This Viking Value includes accessories elegantly conceived by acclaimed designer Han Feng; a Song of Norway poster autographed and personalized by the cast members; and 2 tickets to a 20132014 performance of the spectacular Tom Gold Dance company. What’s not to like? This package includes: Items designed by Han Feng and worn by performers in Song of Norway: red organza circle and square wraps and white butterfly wrap worn by Judy Kaye and two scarves (blue and green) worn by Jason Danieley and Santino Fontana The Carnegie Hall poster of Song of Norway signed by all the performing artists A pair of tickets for a Tom Gold Dance performance from its 2013-14 New York season
DONORS: VALUE: OPENING BID:
The Collegiate Chorale, Tom Gold Dance, the artists of Song of Norway $2,000 $500
Auction Item #2 – BE A STARCATCHER! Travel to Neverland in the Tony Award-winning prequel to Peter Pan with your children or grandchildren, your nephew or niece, or your spouse or childhood friend, and enjoy premium seating to a performance of Peter and the Starcatcher. Peter Pan will follow you to Wonderland for tea and scones at Alice’s Tea Cup. Roger Rees, director of Peter and the Starcatcher, will accompany you for a time full of magic and unique behind-the-scenes insight. Reach for the stars and raise your bids: you may NEVER have an opportunity like this again! This package includes: 4 tickets for Peter and the Starcatcher at New World Stages Backstage tour to meet the artists after the show Tea and scones at Alice’s Tea Cup with Roger Rees and Jason Ralph, who is playing Peter Pan Personalized voice mail message by Roger Rees DONORS: DATES: VALUE: OPENING BID:
Roger Rees, Jason Ralph, and the producers of Peter and the Starcatcher Any Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday performance between May 13 and June 30, 2013 Theater tickets and tea: $700 and the priceless company of Roger Rees and Jason Ralph $1,000
Auction Item #3 – THE MAESTRO AND THE MEZZO They’re back by popular demand! He cooks inventively and she sings beautifully at your private dinner party for 8. Wine and dine at your home with Maestro (and master chef) James Bagwell and his wife and co-chef, mezzo soprano Teresa Buchholz. After dinner, James (on piano) and Teresa will serenade you and your guests. The wine will come from the exceptional cellar of Michael Lynch and Susan Baker. The bidding will be fierce, but this evening is yours – if you bid sumptuously. This package includes: Dinner for 8 designed and prepared on site by James Bagwell and Teresa Buchholz Private musical performance with James Bagwell and Teresa Buchholz Wine from the Lynch-Baker cellar VALUE: DATES: DONORS: OPENING BID:
Priceless At a mutually convenient time for winning bidder and donors James Bagwell and Teresa Buchholz Michael Lynch and Susan Baker $1,500
Auction Item #4 – ENLIGHTENMENT IN DUMBO Curious about contemporary art? Want to know more? See the light in Dumbo, New York City’s thriving epicenter for contemporary art. Go there with the knowledgeable, dynamic and witty Cristin Tierney, gallery owner and art advisor. A private visit for a group of ten people to 6 art studios at which each artist will discuss his/her work and artistic process. Throughout the tour and over lunch, Cristin will act as your guide and give you the inside scoop on the art world and the art market today. Enlightened bidding will secure this golden opportunity to survey Dumbo’s art scene, ask questions, get answers and gain insights in the company of one who knows her stuff. Cristin Tierney
This package includes: A guided tour for up to 10 people with art advisor and gallery owner Cristin Tierney Pick-up and drop-off by a private mini-bus at a Manhattan location of your choice Private visit to 6 art studios and conversations with the artists Lunch at a hip local restaurant VALUE: DATES: DONORS: OPENING BID:
$3,000 On a mutually convenient Monday in May, June, early July, September, October or November Cristin Tierney and Christie C. Salomon $2,000
Auction Item #5 – MATILDA AND THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
Reviewed as “hilarious, moving, glorious,” “easily the standout musical of the decade” on the West End, this Matilda production of the Royal Shakespeare Company has conquered Broadway. You can obtain premium seating and meet the artists when you win this fabulous package. To crown the evening, Roger Rees, Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company (and of The Collegiate Chorale), will whisk you over to Joe Allen’s Restaurant for dinner after the performance. So don’t miss out, stand up and bid!
This package includes: 4 house seats for the new sold-out musical Matilda on Broadway Dinner and conversation with Roger Rees at Joe Allen Restaurant A souvenir program of the production, a Matilda recording with the London cast, and a special reprint of the Matilda book VALUE: DATES: DONORS: OPENING BID:
Theater Tickets and Dinner: $1,500 plus the priceless company of Roger Rees At a mutually convenient time for winning bidder and Mr. Rees The Royal Shakespeare Company, Roger Rees, Joe Allen Restaurant $2,000
Auction item #6 – HIGH ALTITUDE EXPERIENCE Fly to the Swiss Alps for the 2014 Verbier Festival when The Collegiate Chorale will be featured in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust under Charles Dutoit, among other works. Attend post-concert receptions with world-renowned artists and join patron dinners. Take in breathtaking views of the magnificent Alpine scenery, hike amid the wildflowers, yodel like a native, experience marmot sightings, and feast on fondue. And when you are back in New York, you can review and relive your experience over a dinner at the Swiss-owned French restaurant Le Périgord.
This package includes: 2 round trip business class tickets on Swiss International Air Lines Concert Tickets to The Chorale’s performances at the 2014 Verbier Festival Dinners with Chorale patrons Access to post-concert Verbier patron receptions with international artists A set of 14 CDs celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Verbier Festival Dinner for 2 at Le Périgord in New York
VALUE: DATES: DONORS: OPENING BID:
$18,000 July 2014 during the Collegiate Chorale Verbier patron tour OR travel to Switzerland at any other time of the year Swiss International Air Lines, The Collegiate Chorale $6,000
Auction item #7 – OVER THERE A package tailor-made for Yanks hankering for London Swank! Settle in at Albany, “Next door to Burlington House, home of the Royal Academy of Arts and other learned societies, a stone’s throw from the enticements of Soho, the grandeur of St. James’s, and the comforts of Mayfair, to say nothing of the canny tailoring of Savile Row.” Described on April 11, 2013 by The New York Times Magazine as “London’s best address,” Albany will be your palace for 3 nights. The historic building has known such celebrities as Lord Byron, and the esteemed art historian John Richardson, who described it as “sheer heaven.” Enjoy the sights and shopping all day long, and continue on to a performance at Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, or a show on the West End, depending on your seasonal preference. Arise Yanks – don’t be outflanked. Bid on this; and thanks! This package includes: Three nights in a luxurious apartment in the heart of London (master bedroom and single guest bedroom) 2 tickets for a performance at Covent Garden, Glyndebourne or a West End Show Patron access to Glyndebourne Privileged access to the Royal Academy Albany living room in the 1980s designed by the Colefax and Fowler co-founder John Fowler
NON-TRANSFERABLE: Note that this item is to be redeemed by the winning bidder and is not transferable to a third party VALUE: $5,000 DATES: A mutually convenient time for winner and donors in 2013-14 DONORS: Anonymous, The Collegiate Chorale OPENING BID: $2,500
Auction item #8 – EDUCATION AUCTION: THE STAR-MAKER PACKAGE From start to finish this is truly a night full of stars. We conclude this evening with an appeal to YOU to help The Chorale encourage and train young stars. Even if you’ve lost out on dinner with a diva, or missed the train to Neverland, you’ll still have a chance to be a STAR CATCHER tonight. You can help us catch and nurture young stars through your generous support of our education programs. For example, you can help us:
Send Side-by-Side students to perform at the Verbier Festival where The Chorale is invited for its sixth appearance this summer under the baton of Maestros Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, and Christian Zacharias Provide coaching and diction sessions for young stars in the making Underwrite masterclasses with renowned artists like Martina Arroyo Encourage future Star Watchers by underwriting concert tickets for students at area schools Side-by-Side Students at the 2009 Verbier Festival
Tonight, your farsighted bidding support of our education programs could earn you and 5 friends dinner with a very special guest artist who will be revealed at the benefit. (Perhaps one of the stars heard on stage in our Song of Norway?!) The opportunity to host this dinner goes to the bidder with the highest successful bid total for the Education Package. As your final bidding act, please enthusiastically raise your paddle to support The Chorale’s education programs!
Opera star Martina Arroyo with Side-by-Side students
SIDE-BY-SIDE STUDENT TESTIMONIALS I joined the Side-by-Side program that the Collegiate Chorale offers through the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and this program pretty much changed my life. I was able to perform with other amazing singers, incredible soloists and sing all around New York City. For the first time this year I was able to travel to Verbier, Switzerland and I cannot thank you enough for this opportunity that helps me become the best singer I can be. You are the reason I don’t give up my dream. - Jose These two years have been filled with both great musicianship development and performances that will forever stay in my heart. Because of your generous scholarship I was able to travel to the Verbier Festival and share extraordinary musical moments with the other passionate performers there. If it wasn't for your generosity, and The Chorale’s help and enthusiasm, this trip wouldn't have been possible. – Elizabeth Prior to the tour, I was considering dropping my music studies. As I sat on stage in the Smolarz Auditorium at Tel Aviv University […], I was on the verge of tears. I was halfway across the world, about to perform. It was a sudden moment of clarity for me […] and the push I needed to pursue a minor in music, as well as a major in International Relations, once I enroll in college next fall. – Shana Thank you for what has been the opportunity of a lifetime. This is the type of thing that makes me realize how much I want to be an artist. - Vincent
COMMITED TO EDUCATION The Collegiate Chorale is not only committed to providing New York City with performances of the highest artistic quality, but we are dedicated to bringing the gift of music to young people through our extensive education program. The Chorale provides hundreds of New York City high school students with the opportunity to attend our concerts free of charge – supplying these students with preparatory materials to enhance their concert experience. Since 2003, The Chorale has provided professional level coaching and performance opportunities to musically-advanced high school students through the Side-by-Side program. Students rehearse and perform side-by-side with Chorale members in both domestic and international venues. Many have expressed the belief that these experiences have helped to launch them on their musical career path.
THE COLLEGIATE CHORALE AT THE 2013 VERBIER FESTIVAL The Collegiate Chorale and up to 20 Side-by-Side students will perform at the 2013 Verbier in the following performances: July 19, 2013 Auerbach, In Praise of Peace Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 Charles Dutoit, Conductor July 22, 2013 Beethoven, Choral Fantasy Op. 80 Charles Dutoit, Conductor July 23, 2013 Schubert, Mass No. 6 in E-flat Major Christian Zacharias, Conductor July 25, 2013 Verdi’s Otello (Act I) and Wagner’s Die Walküre (Act III) Anna Netrebko and Bryn Terfel Valery Gergiev, Conductor