The PSO's live auction is a highlight of the evening.The auction features a number of exclusive items, from vacation homes to unique experiences. Proceeds support a range of PSO
programming from the classical and chamber concert series to PSO BRAVO!, the PSO’s acclaimed music education program reaching 10,000 students every year.
Carnegie For Kids!
Rossen Milanov is conducting a kids concert at Carnegie Hall! Introduce your young music lover to live orchestral music with box seats to the concert, a backstage tour of Carnegie and the incredible opportunity to have lunch with the Maestro after the event! Tickets for these concerts are never available for public sale.
Accommodates: Up to 5 people (recommended for ages 4 to 104)
Date Options: May 21-23, 2019; 10:15 am or 11:45 am
Location: Carnegie Hall, NYC
Estimated Value: Priceless!
The Wine Cellar Private Dining Experience
Enjoy exclusive use of the Jasna Polana Wine Cellar for a private upscale dining experience for up to 10 guests. The cedar-paneled Wine Cellar houses over 3,000 bottles of wine and is the ideal location to host a truly memorable evening. Make it a date night or host a dinner for your closest friends – you choose!
Accommodates: Up to 10 people
Availability: Upon mutual agreement between the winning bidder and Jasna Polana. Dinner must be used by February 2020.
Location: Jasna Polana, Princeton, NJ
Estimated Value: $1,200 plus Jasna Polana wine cellar access!
Winner receives gift certificate granting access to Jasna Wine Cellar AND $1,200 in credit to use towards dinner.
Many thanks to Tracy and Scott Sipprelle for this auction offering.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Spend a week at this adorable three bedroom, two and a half bath Chatham home. Play a little tag in the grassy backyard or just relax in the hammock. Or, take a quick jaunt to the beach - you’re a quick drive from Ridgedale Beach and Lighthouse Beach! Whether there’s record-breaking heat or cool nights, you will be comfortable here as the house is fully air conditioned and has a cozy fireplace. While the house is located in a tranquil setting, it is also just a short walk from the bustle of town. In fact, don’t miss grabbing a pint and lunch at the classic Chatham Squire. For families to know: there is a bunk bed and a crib in the kids' room and plenty of toys. The house sleeps up to 8 comfortably. There is also a stroller in the two car garage, should you not want to bring one! The Sanchez family will provide detailed 'things to do' to make your week fun and relaxing!
Accommodates: Up to 8 guests
Availability: June or August 2020, mutually agreed upon between donor and winning bidder. $200 housecleaning fee required.
Location: Chatham, MA
Estimated Value: $3,000
Many thanks to Erin and Herman Sanchez for this auction offering.
Dinner With The Maestro
Not only does the Maestro have musical talent, but he is also an incredible chef! Sit back and relax as Music Director Rossen Milanov and Executive Director Marc Uys prepare an evening of epicurean delights for you and your guests (12 in all.) This unforgettable evening includes a delicious dinner, fine wines, and lively conversation in an intimate setting.
Availability: October 25 or 28, 2019
Location: 200 Mercer St – home of former PSO Executive Director Melanie Clarke
Estimated Value: Priceless!
Many thanks to Rossen Milanov and Melanie Clarke for this auction offering.
The medieval Castel Merle in Southern France is set majestically among 40 acres of meadowlands and woods in an archeologically rich area renowned for its prehistoric cave paintings. Dating back to the 14th century, the chateau has been meticulously restored and includes luxurious modern conveniences. Relax by the heated swimming pool or in front of the manor to take in the stunning vistas, and enjoy market-fresh foods and famed regional wines at sunset in an outdoor dining area. Amenities include four-poster beds, exquisite antiques, a gracious salon and library, lush gardens, and oversized windows that let in the warmth of the glorious Dordogne sunshine.
Accommodates: Up to 12 guests, with 6 bedrooms, each with modern ensuite bath or shower room. Chef available at guests’ expense.
Availability: Seven nights (Saturday to Saturday) between September 2019 and June 2020, at mutual convenience of donor and winning bidders.
Location: Fly into London Stansted Airport, connecting to direct flights to Bergerac, France, a 45-minute drive to the property.
Estimated Value: $6,000
Many thanks to Simon R. Hirst for this auction offering.
Live like an Italian for a fortnight in the Umbrian town of Spello in a newly remodeled two-bedroom pied-à-terre nestled in the heart of this charming hill town. Spend your days walking through the picturesque streets, visiting churches, or venturing outside the city walls to local olive groves and vineyards. Or, relax on the gorgeous terrace that boasts a picture-postcard view of the Umbrian valley. You can easily rent a car to explore nearby Assisi, Terni, Spoleto, and Perugia, replete with museums, galleries, and churches.
Accommodates: Up to 4 guests; children over 12. Two queen beds, one roll-away cot. Upstairs is a newly remodeled master bath with a shower. A half- bath is on the first floor. Newly remodeled and fully appointed kitchen for dining in. AC and WiFi are installed in the house. No pets, no smoking.
Availability: Two weeks, at mutual convenience of donors and winning bidders with the exception of July 2019, to be used by June 2020. $125 housecleaning fee required.
Location: The most direct route to Spello is to fly from London or Milan to Perugia (half hour car ride away).
Estimated Value: $3,000
Many thanks to Cecilia and Bill Detrich for this auction offering.
Wines for the Connoisseur
Enjoy three bottles of Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (2015) and three bottles of Estate Chardonnay (2016) from Vineyard 7&8 in California’s Napa Valley. These bottles represent the exceptional results of a wine-loving family’s dream of handcrafting high quality wine using sustainably grown grapes.
The estate is 202 feet above the Napa Valley floor within the Spring Mountain District.
Founded in 1999, Vineyard 7&8’s name encompasses numeric symbols for luck (7) and prosperity and happiness (8). May these fine wines bring you all three in abundance!
Estimated Value: $930
Many thanks to Launny and Weezie Steffens for this auction offering.