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Raise Your Glass In Support: QBAR Mixer & Beer Bust

QBARSunday, June 13, 4-7pm

QBAR, 456 Castro Street between Market and 18th, SF 94114 (Map & Directions)

Join BARS members, friends and newcomers over icy brews and classy cocktails while socializing and supporting our community's music and programs. Boys and girls are always welcome at QBAR, one of the hippest LGBTQ hangouts in San Francisco. Together, BARS and QBAR serve up a friendly, mixed-gender mixer second to none! The full $8 for the beer bust, plus a portion of all beverage sales will benefit Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. 21+ and cash only.

Enter to win Pebble Beach Food & Wine Passes for Two

Pebble Beach Food and WineEnter for a chance to win a luxurious package for two to the third annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival, April 8-11, 2010, presented by American Express Publishing.

The premier, grand-scale, epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast, the festival brings more than 4000 national and international attendees to one of the most picturesque strips of coastline in the world. Learn more

Hosted at Pebble Beach Resorts this four-day event combines 250 acclaimed wineries with 60 celebrity chefs and offers countless wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and some of the most remarkable dining opportunities available in the world.

Weekend Prize Package includes:

  • Access into nine of the weekend’s exclusive events.
  • Thursday, April 8th: lavish Opening Night Reception.
  • Friday, April 9th: choose from one of four thematic luncheons prepared by some of the world’s best chefs.
  • Saturday and Sunday, April 10 & 11: VIP early access to the Lexus Grand Tasting featuring 200 wineries and selection of  the weekend’s celebrity chefs.

To enter, purchase any ONE (1) Ticket to the BARS Premier Concert Event on March 27th and be automatically entered to win a luxurious Magnum Package for two to the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival April 8 – 11.

For questions concerning this sweepstakes, as well as advertising and sponsorship opportunities, email marketing at bars-sf dot org or call 415-57-VIOLA.


BARS' 2010 Pride Month Concert™: Saturday, June 19, 2010

An Official Event of San Francisco Pride!

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St at Van Ness, SF 94102 (Map) | Tickets

Ruth Butterfield-Winter, piano

Milhaud – La création du mondeListen to a sample

Gershwin – Rhapsody in BlueListen to a sample

Ruth Butterfield-Winter, piano

Revueltas – JanitzioListen to a sample

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesCopland – RodeoListen to a sample

About Ruth Butterfield-Winter, piano
Ruth Butterfield-Winter, pianist, is a native of California. She studied piano with Adolf Baller and John Delevoryas in the San Francisco Bay Area before attending the Curtis Institute.

Ruth is known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area; she has ongoing musical projects with members of the San Francisco Symphony and was recently the guest artist with the San Francisco Bay Area Winds. Ruth has served as orchestral pianist in the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Monterey Chamber Orchestra and Santa Cruz Symphony. Before returning to California in 1994, Ms. Winter lived in New York City, where she was on the accompanying staff at The Juilliard School of Music and played with the New York Chamber Ensemble.

Ms. Winter is a singing member and accompanist for The Choral Project of San Jose, CA. She has been serving as staff pianist at Advent Lutheran Church, in Morgan Hill, CA since 1999.

March 26-27, 2010, 8pm

The historic first collaboration between BARS and San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus

Friday, March 26, 2010, 8pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St at Geary, SF 94109 (Map)

Saturday, March 27, 2010, 8pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St at Van Ness, SF 94102 (Map)

Marla Volovna, mezzo-soprano

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesSchubert – Overture to Die Zauberharfe (The Magic Harp) in C, D. 644

(Also known as Rosamunde)Listen to a sample

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus

Brahms – Alto RhapsodyListen to a sample

Marla Volovna, mezzo-soprano

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist series San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus

Dr. Kathleen McGuire, Artistic Director & Conductor

Sibelius – Symphony no. 2 in D major, Op. 42Listen to a sample

About Marla Volovna, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano, opera director, and voice builder, Marla Volovna made her operatic debut in Besancon, France, as Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma. She has performed the Verdi Requiem in Paris and Bordeaux, radio broadcasts of Mahler’s Kindertoten Lieder in France, Darius Milhaud’s Return of the Prodigal Son and Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesesllen for the RAI, Italian Radio. Among the roles she has sung in Europe and America are Olga and Filipievna in Tschaikowsky’s Eugene Onegin, Taven in Gounod’s Mireille, Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco, Astarto in Bononcini’s Astarto, Nancy in Fowtow’s Martha, Baba in Stravinsky’s Rakes’s Progress, the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Carmen the Witch in Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Adah in Victor Herbert’s Naughty Marietta, and the Second Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute.

Ms. Volovna frequently directs for the Apollo Opera and received extraordinary acclaim for Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Rigoletto, Dido and Aeneas and, most recently, Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ms. Volovna is a renowned voice teacher who has taught voice at the University level for thirteen years. Her students have repeatedly achieved the highest honors including 1st prize in the Metropolitan Opera Completion for the western region. Ms. Volovna has just returned from Buenos Aires, Argentina where she gave master classes at the School of the Colon Theater and has now opened a voice studio in San Francisco. For more information, visit volovnavocalstudio.com

Part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist seriesAbout San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
Dr. Kathleen McGuire, Artistic Director & Conductor
Teddy Witherington, Executive Director

Founded in the fall of 1978, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus was the world’s first chorus to have the word “gay” in its name. The chorus made its first public appearance on the steps of San Francisco City Hall the night Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated. Rising to instant acclaim, the chorus embarked upon an inspirational national tour in 1981, which led to the formation of many new gay choruses across the nation and overseas. The Chorus has raised over $400k for other charities and has a current budget of $700k. The full chorus is over 200 members strong and presents a home season of five concert productions. In addition, the SFGMC Ambassadors and small ensembles, The Lollipop Guild and Vocal Minority, support communities around the Bay Area by performing at over 30 events each year. For more information, visit sfgmc.org