Acting in the best interests of our community, Crowden has made the difficult decision to postpone our March 14 Gala.

Crowden’s Board of Directors’ Executive Committee considered the growing number of COVID-19 cases and the CDC guidelines regarding large public events (over 100 people) and how that affects our Gala. Even though the Gala represents a significant element in our fundraising efforts, we believe that it is more important at this time to put the health and concerns of our community—you—first.

Crowden's Gala will be rescheduled for a later date.

Join us at the beautiful Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California for Crowden Music Center’s Biennial Gala

Infinite Expression

Saturday, March 14, 2020

5:30 pm
Reception & Silent Auction
7:30 pm
Dinner and Live Entertainment
8:15 pm
Live Auction and Fund-a-Need


Hot Club of San Francisco,
Fischoff Medalists the Meráki Quartet,
and performances by a group of Crowden All-Stars!


Craneway Pavilion
1414 Harbor Way South
Ford Point, Richmond

Hot Club of San Francisco

This ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France with style and panache. The Hot Club of San Francisco borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. Featuring the amazing violin of twice GRAMMY® Award-winning Evan Price, the velvet vocals of Isabelle Fontaine and a swinging rhythm section, the group never fails to surprise and delight.

This performance is made possible by support from Ting & Associates, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.


Meráki Quartet

The Meráki Quartet was formed by four 14-year-old students in the fall of 2016 through Crowden's Youth Chamber Music Program. Four months following its inception, the quartet participated in the Jane Galante Competition at the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar in San Francisco and earned second prize. They have since won Bronze in the 2019 Fischoff Junior Strings/Piano Competition, appeared on NPR’s From the Top with Christopher O'Riley, performed at the Rex Salon and Herbst Theater with the Alexander String Quartet, opened for the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and played at Berkeley City Hall for Mayor Tom Bates. The group derives its name from the Greek “μεράκι,” meaning “soulfully artistic.”

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Paul Dresher & Philippa Kelly
Bonnie Hampton
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Michael Morgan
Johanna Pfaelzer
Richard & Myriam Misrach
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Lois De Domenico
Gabriela Lena Frank
Susie Medak


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