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A Springtime Soirée

Saturday, March 17, 2018
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, 10 Avery Street

Our 2018 Springtime Soirée will include live, silent, and online auctions as part of our fundraising efforts. The list below represents just a few of the exciting items that will be available for bidding at our live and silent auctions on March 17, 2018. Please check back regularly as items are both added and updated.


Uniquely BEMF
| Fine Food & Drink | Trips & Getaways
Arts & Culture | Home & Fashion


Case of Fine White Burgundy Wines
This fine selection of Etienne Sauzet’s 2007 Premier Cru Puligny Montrachets, from the cellars of wine connoisseur Robert E. Kulp, Jr., are perfectly aged and ready to be enjoyed now! Rated at 92%, this 2007 vintage collection includes 750ml bottles each of La Garenne (4), Champ Canet (3), Hameau de Blagny (2), Les Combettes (1), Les Referts (1), and Champ Gain (1).

On the Trail of Orpheus: Paris with BEMF Opera Director Gilbert Blin
Join BEMF Opera Director Gilbert Blin as he introduces you to some of the most beautiful sights in Paris. With Orpheus as your inspiration, you’ll be introduced to Parisian locations that relate directly to this tragic Greek figure. The centerpiece of the trip will be a performance of Orphée et Eurydice by Christoph Willibald Gluck at the spectacular Opéra Comique, with a chance to meet Music Director Raphaël Pichon. Additional highlights could include a visit to the Palais Royal where Gluck’s Orphée was presented in 1774, a visit to the Montmatre cemetery to see the final resting place of Hector Berlioz, a visit to the Jardin de Monceau via the Champs d’Elysees, or even a visit to the mysterious Catacombs of Paris! Additionally, you might tour the 17th and 18th century selections at the Musée du Louvre, where Mr. Blin can introduce you to a selection of paintings showcasing the Orpheus story. This trip is highly customizable. Accommodations included.

Private House Concert with Phoebe Carrai, Violoncello
Distinguished Baroque 'cellist Phoebe Carrai and a few of her friends from the BEMF Orchestra offer you a specially designed recital program in your own home. This dynamic team is the perfect accompaniment to your private event or function. Date to be arranged.

2019 Boston Early Music Festival VIP Package
Be our VIP guest at the 2019 Boston Early Music Festival! This package includes two Golden Serpent subscriptions to all Festival operas, concerts, and concurrent events, complimentary hotel accommodations for two at the Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown for the Festival week, and an invitation to our 2019 Centerpiece Opera closed dress rehearsal.


Uniquely BEMF

Private House Concert with BEMF Orchestra Director Robert Mealy
BEMF Orchestra Director and world-renowned violinist Robert Mealy offers you a unique and personalized performance in your own home. This specially curated concert is the perfect complement to your private party, holiday event, or special reception. Date to be arranged.

Hippolyte et Aricie with Juilliard415 and BEMF Artistic Co-Director Stephen Stubbs
Two guests are invited to be VIP attendees of Juilliard415’s April performance of Rameau’s opera Hippolyte et Aricie under the direction of BEMF Artistic Co-Director Stephen Stubbs, at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center. Get behind-the-scenes insight at how the opera is conceived at an intimate lunch with Maestro Stubbs before the performance.

The Magic Flute with Central City Opera and BEMF Dance Director Melinda Sullivan
Join BEMF Dance Director Melinda Sullivan in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains for an all-inclusive opera experience! This package for two will include two tickets to any performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Central City Opera in Colorado, a drink at the historic Teller House, a tour of the opera house, and a reception with the artists following the performance. Performances take place between July 7 and August 5; the winner must select the performance they wish to see by May 15.

Fine Food & Drink

Private Dinner for Eight with Chef Matthew Stein
Seasoned chef Matthew Stein joins you in your own home to prepare a private dinner for up to eight guests, tailored to your tastes and preferences. Chef Stein, formerly of Back Bay favorite L’Espalier and The Federalist at the XV Beacon Hotel, focuses on selecting local ingredients sourced from personal favorite connections. This dinner is sure to make foodie friends jealous and be a conversation piece for years to come. Date to be arranged; expires April 30, 2019.

Pastry Class for Two at the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts
Cambridge School for Culinary Arts pastry classes are designed and taught by New England’s only French Master Pastry Chef, and are suitable for students with all levels of experience. With nearly 50 years of professional experience, Chef Delphin Gomes is the finest pastry instructor you can find. Join Chef Delphin and your fellow dessert-lovers for hands-on instruction on rolling flaky croissants, molding chocolate, or perfecting the French macaron. Choose from the school’s seven pastry classes and impress your family and friends with your new skills!

Dave’s Fresh Pasta Gift Basket
This gourmet selection features products from Dave’s eclectic offerings of artisanal foods, as well as a gift certificate for you to sample their mouthwatering house-made pasta and sauces.

Harvest Gift Certificate
Tucked along a cobblestone pathway in the heart of Harvard square, Harvest celebrates the modern New England table. With this gift certificate valued at $150, let Chef Tyler Kinnett whisk you away from the bustle of the square with his contemporary New England cuisine focused on the region’s freshest ingredients.

Les Sablons Gift Certificate
Les Sablons is a metropolitan restaurant somewhere between London and Paris, located in the iconic Conductor’s Building in Harvard Square. With this gift certificate valued at $100, experience the rambunctious first floor neighborhood cocktail party hosted by Jackson Cannon, or ascend to the modern upstairs dining room to taste the elegant craftsmanship of Chef Jeremy Sewall.

Formaggio Kitchen Cheese Cave Tour & Tasting
Formaggio Kitchen invites you and three of your friends to visit their Cambridge shop for a personal tour of their famed cheese aging caves. You will see an exclusive selection of cheeses from all over Europe and the US and will have a taste of a few select wheels under the guidance of Formaggio Kitchen owner, Ihsan Gurdal, or one of their expert Cheesemongers. Date to be arranged.

Trips & Getaways

Grenadines Luxury Resort Package at Palm Island Resort & Spa
This private island hideaway, located near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean, offers dazzling white-sand beaches, sumptuous dining, nature trails, swimming polls with waterfalls, and luxury spa. This award winning resort is set in pure paradise where tranquility reigns and the experience of a lifetime is inevitable. Available for 7 to 10 nights, for up to 4 guests. Additional details apply.

Barbados Luxury Resort Package at The Club Barbados Resort & Spa
The Club Barbados, located on the prestigious west coast of the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados, offers guests a private, tranquil vacation experience. With a lush oceanfront setting, tropical gardens, cozy walkways, and friendly atmosphere, this getaway is the perfect option for anyone looking for exceptional rest and relaxation. Available for 7 to 10 nights, for up to 6 guests. Additional details apply.

Arts & Culture

Music Through Time: A Tour of the MET Instrument Gallery
Enjoy a private tour through the newly re-designed instrument galleries at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Elizabeth Weinfield, a member of the re-design team and an accomplished viola da gamba player, will introduce you and your guests to exhibits that include string, wind, and keyboard instruments as well as musical iconography. Date to be arranged between July 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.

Glimmerglass Festival Opera Package
This package for two invites you to be the distinguished guest of the 2018 Glimmerglass Festival. Enjoy tickets to their four main-stage productions, access to the intermission club for refreshments, and an invitation to one pre-show picnic, where you can visit with many of the performing artists. The 2018 Glimmerglass Festival runs from July 7 to August 25, and features West Side Story, The Cunning Little Vixen, The Barber of Seville, and Silent Night. Exact Dates to be arranged.

Boston Baroque 3-Concert Subscription
Enjoy a pair of 3-Concert Subscriptions at the AA level for Boston Baroque’s 2018-2019 season.

Blue Heron Full Season Subscription
Hear a year of Blue Heron, with a pair of A-level subscriptions to their full 2018-2019 season.

Independent Cinema Ticket Package
Experience Boston’s wealth of independent cinemas with six regular film passes to the Coolidge Corner Theatre, two movie passes to the Somerville Theatre, and a membership to the Brattle Theatre, which includes 12 movie passes.

Home & Fashion

Late November, St. George River at Thomaston Oil on Panel 5 1/8” x 10 1/4” by Frederic Kellogg
Known for his evocative plein-air paintings of small-town and coastal Maine, Frederic Kellogg has been influenced by the work of American realists Edward Hopper and Fairfield Porter, as well as Andrew Wyeth, who was a friend of the family when Mr. Kellogg was a boy. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Museum, Caldbeck Gallery, and the Portland Museum of Art, and in several private collections throughout the country.

Champagne ‘n Berries Oil on Board 12”x16” by Helen Powell
Painter Helen Powell was born in the once-farm-suburbs north of NYC. She has studied art history, art education and oil painting up and down the East Coast. Spending additional time in the South and the Southwest has enabled her to broaden both her subject matter and a realist style, which evokes the softened edges and feel of Impressionism.

60” Fresh Water Pearl Necklace
Add this timeless knotted 60” large fresh water pearl rope necklace with a crystal ball clasp to your own collection, or give it as a gift to someone special. This elegant necklace comes in a delicately crafted brown and blue travel case in a traditional Eastern design.

4-Strand Necklace of Peach Fresh Water Pearls and Crystals
Add this classic knotted 4-strand necklace of peach fresh water pearls and crystals on a white onyx ring to your own collection, or give it as a gift to someone special. This chic necklace comes in a delicately crafted green and red travel case in a traditional Eastern design.

3-Strand Necklace of Black Jade, Fresh Water Pearls and Gemstones
Add this 3-strand statement necklace of black jade, fresh water pearls and gemstones to your own collection, or give it as a gift to someone special. This bold necklace comes in a delicately crafted black and red travel case in a traditional Eastern design.

Original Knitted Selbu Mittens by BEMF Artist Zachary Wilder
When he’s not on the concert or opera stage, esteemed tenor and beloved BEMF favorite Zachary Wilder constructs fabulous knitted creations. Enjoy these unique 2-color fair-isle Selbu mittens in the Scandinavian style, designed and crafted especially for a BEMF Springtime Soirée guest! Made with an alpaca/wool blend for comfort and sturdiness.

iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
Relieve yourself of the drudgery of housework with the latest model Roomba vacuum! Simply press “Clean” and the labor saving robot do the work. Enjoy a private tour of the iRobot facilities with BEMF Corporation member Hal Winslow. Date of tour to be arranged.

In addition to these exciting items, join us at the 2018 Springtime Soirée to see the full array of food and restaurant experiences, concert and performance outings, artwork, jewelry, gifts, and much, much more available at our live and silent fundraising auctions!

Proceeds from our Springtime Soirée will support and nurture BEMF's artistic and educational programs, which reach thousands of audience members through our annual concert series, biennial June Festivals, Young Artist Training Programs, and our Baroque opera productions and recording projects. We thank you for your support

We look forward to seeing you at the BEMF Springtime Soirée!