The Princeton Symphony Orchestra’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 Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed music education program reaching 10,000 students every year. Online bidding will open to the public on April 3rd.
Maestro's Evening for the Senses
This spectacular dinner party for you and your guests – 12 people in all – will be orchestrated and designed by our very own music director, Rossen Milanov, with gourmet fare by Max Hansen Caterer. Live music selections paired with fine wine and cuisine will delight your senses around each themed course. You decide if you want to make it a black-tie affair. The evening will take place in the exquisite home of Stephanie and Robert Wedeking.
Availability: On a date mutually selected by Mr. Milanov and the winner, in conjunction with Mr. Milanov’s schedule.
Location: 9 Players Lane, Princeton – Home of Gala Chair, Stephanie Wedeking
Estimated Value: PRICELESS!
Many thanks to Rossen Milanov, Stephanie and Robert Wedeking, and Max Hansen Caterer for this auction offering.
Live like an Italian for a fortnight in the charming Umbrian town of Spello in a 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. Or, simply relax on the apartment’s gorgeous terrace that boasts a picture-postcard view of the Umbrian valley. You can easily rent a car to explore nearby Assisi, Terni, Trevi, Spoleto, and Perugia, one of the best preserved Italian towns replete with museums, galleries, and churches.
Accommodates: Up to 4 guests; children over 12. Fully appointed kitchen for dining in. No pets, no smoking.
Availability: Two weeks, at mutual convenience of donors and winning bidders. $100 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: $4,000
Many thanks to Cecilia and Bill Detrich 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 January and September 2018, 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.
Billy Joel Concert Experience
Take your concert experience to the next level as you join auction donors Randall and Caroline Clouser in the private, luxury Zurich corporate suite at Madison Square Garden for the Billy Joel concert on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 8 pm. Food, beer, and wine are included. The suite boasts a phenomenal location for viewing the concert.
Accommodates: 10 people
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 8 pm
Location: Madison Square Garden (MSG) Arena, NYC; Suite #MLS27
Estimated Value: $3,500
Many thanks to Randall and Caroline Clouser for this auction offering.
Enjoy an evening with signature cocktails and sumptuous food topped with a stellar performance by Grammy-nominated composer-clarinetist Derek Bermel. “His music is fresh, creative, and uniquely his own” (American Record Guide). Artistic director of the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Derek is a PSO Trustee and past artist-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Co-hosted by Melanie & John Clarke and Debora & John Haines, this opportunity is not available for online bidding. It is only available to attendees at the Gala on April 8 and is first come, first serve with a limit of 32 people.
Many thanks to Derek Bermel for donating his performance to support the PSO!