Gala raises $1.3 Million for SFCM Scholarships

SFCm, Yo-Yo Ma, Mason Bates

Yo-Yo Ma and Mason Bates perform a brand new composition at the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall.

At a Gala and concert celebrating the debut of the Bowes Center, donors contributed more than $1.3 million to support student scholarships at SFCM.

By Mark Taylor

Glitz, glam, and live music all for a good cause: SFCM raised more than $1.3 million to support scholarships at this year’s gala, part of efforts that enabled 100% of full-time students to receive merit aid this semester.

The SFCM community and donors came together to celebrate the new Bowes Center during a gala that included special performances and a dinner at the new building on November 12.

More than 300 guests attended the event which included the world premiere of Mason Bates’ Hymn for the Future featuring Yo-Yo Ma. 

The performance at the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall at the Getty Center also included the world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Fanfare Efflorescent!, commissioned in honor of William K. Bowes, Jr. and performed by the SFCM Brass Ensemble featuring students and members of the San Francisco Symphony, and Bay Area-inspired tunes by the SFCM Roots, Jazz, and American Music Ensemble with Artistic Director Joshua Redman.

After the performance guests were taken to the new Bowes Center for dinner and an array of special and unique student performances. 

The event was presented by sponsors Chi-Foon Chan and Rebecca-Sen Chan, Ken Hao and Kathy Chiao and corporate sponsor Harry Winston. 

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SFCM Gala Celebration

  • Aaron Jay Kernis’ Fanfare Efflorescent!, performed by the SFCM Brass Ensemble featuring students and members of the San Francisco Symphony.

  • SFCM Roots, Jazz, and American Music Ensemble with Artistic Director Joshua Redman.

  • SFCM President David H. Stull.

  • Gala dinner celebrating the opening of the Bowes Center.

  • Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing at the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall.

  • The Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts.