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A Springtime Soirée to benefit the Boston Early Music Festival

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Mandarin Oriental, Boston | 776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

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Mozartwoche with the Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria
A Springtime Soirée to benefit the Boston Early Music Festival Dates of Stay: January 28-31, 2015

Immerse yourself in the world’s most extensive celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with concerts by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Il Giardino Armonico, and Kristian Bezuidenhout. Get a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into the Mozarteum’s cherished autograph vault, featuring autographed manuscripts, original letters, and private documents from Mozart himself. Enjoy leisurely visits to both Mozart’s Birthplace and Mozart’s Residence, all while savoring the gorgeous sights of Salzburg, Austria.

Compliments of the Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg

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London and Mozart with Kristian Bezuidenhout and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
A Springtime Soirée to benefit the Boston Early Music Festival Dates of Stay: November 12-15, 2014

An Early Music extravaganza in Greater London, featuring performances by Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano, and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra at London’s incomparable Wigmore Hall. Visit with Mr. Bezuidenhout after the performance for a private champagne toast. Enjoy visits to the Greenwich Early Music Festival Exhibition at Greenwich’s lovely Old Royal Naval College. Make London your own with four nights of deluxe accommodations at the Covent Garden Hotel.

Compliments of Kristian Bezuidenhout, the Early Music Shop, and the Greenwich Early Music Festival

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Gilbert Blin and Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Prague
A Springtime Soirée to benefit the Boston Early Music Festival Dates of Stay: July 15-18, 2014

Relive the magic of 1787 Prague with this historically crafted rendition of Mozart’s operatic masterpiece at the Prague Estates Theatre, where Mozart’s work was first presented. This performance will feature BEMF Opera Director Gilbert Blin’s meticulous reconstruction of the original sets. During intermission, join Mr. Blin for a backstage tour, followed by a champagne toast after the performance. Allow yourself to be transported to the golden age of European Classicism with Mr. Blin as your guide!

Compliments of BEMF Opera Director Gilbert Blin

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Renaissance Italy with Paul O’Dette at the Urbino Early Music Festival
A Springtime Soirée to benefit the Boston Early Music Festival Dates of Stay: July 20-23, 2014

Join BEMF Artistic Co-Director Paul O’Dette on an excursion to the Urbino Early Music Festival. You’ll be treated to world-class concerts including Mr. O’Dette’s solo lute recital, keyboardist Enrico Baiano, and Ensemble Docenti Fima, all taking place at the stunning Urbino Ducal Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. With Mr. O’Dette as your guide and regional expert, you’ll enjoy local tours and wine tastings in one of northern Italy’s most cherished historical towns.

Compliments of BEMF Artistic Co-Director Paul O’Dette and the Urbino Early Music Festival

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2015 Boston Early Music Festival VIP Package for Two
A Springtime Soirée to benefit the Boston Early Music Festival Festival dates: June 7-14, 2015

Be our distinguished guest at the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival for our weeklong celebration featuring a trilogy of Monteverdi’s operas including L’Orfeo, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and BEMF’s newest production, Ulisse. In addition to our stunning fully staged operas, enjoy our distinguished Festival concert series, our world-class Early Music Exhibition, and our cornucopia of masterclasses, symposia, and lectures. Hailed as “The world’s leading festival of early music” by The Times, London, the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival is not to be missed!

Compliments of the Boston Early Music Festival and the Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown

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Private House Concert with BEMF Orchestra Director Robert Mealy
A Springtime Soirée to benefit the Boston Early Music Festival For a mutually agreed-upon date prior to May 1, 2015

BEMF Orchestra Director and world-renowned violinist Robert Mealy teams up with beloved BEMF harpsichordist Avi Stein to present an intimate performance in your own home. This is the perfect duo to complement your private party, holiday event, or special reception. Let two of the world’s greatest performers of Early Music create a spectacular concert especially for you and your guests!

Compliments of BEMF Orchestra Director Robert Mealy and Avi Stein

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Christmas in Seattle, with Stephen Stubbs and Pacific Musicworks
A Springtime Soirée to benefit the Boston Early Music Festival Dates of Stay: December 18-20, 2014

Join BEMF Artistic Co-Director Stephen Stubbs and his Seattle-based Baroque ensemble Pacific Musicworks for a spectacular rendition of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, followed by a private champagne toast with the artists. Enjoy a visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum to view the gorgeous artistry of glassworker Dale Chihuly. Finally, a trip to the Pacific Northwest wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the observation deck of Seattle’s most iconic landmark, the Space Needle.

Compliments of BEMF Artistic Co-Director Stephen Stubbs and Pacific Musicworks

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Los Angeles and Hollywood Tour: Inside and Your Way
A Springtime Soirée to benefit the Boston Early Music Festival For a mutually agreed-upon date prior to May 1, 2015

This is your Los Angeles and Hollywood dream excursion! Tell us what you want to experience and we will try to get you there. BEMF Overseer Glenn KnicKrehm, whose family has lived in Los Angeles since 1880, assisted by various industry insiders and location owners, will arrange and lead a tour of the treasures of Los Angeles and Hollywood, tailored to your personal wishes.

Compliments of BEMF Overseer Glenn KnicKrehm

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Case of Fine Burgundy Wines
A Springtime Soirée to benefit the Boston Early Music Festival This extraordinary lot consists of twelve bottles of Grand Cru Chambertin-Clos de Bèze from one of the most prestigious winemakers in Burgundy. The Domaine Armand Rousseau has owned three acres in the Clos de Bèze for over one hundred years and consistently produces highly regarded wines that are eagerly sought after by Burgundy lovers. The vintages are ready to drink and will maintain a beautiful, complex, and velvety nature for years to come.

Compliments of BEMF Corporation member, wine connoisseur, and Chevalier du Tastevin Dr. Melvyn Pond

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“Seeking the Light” Watercolor Painting by Wendy E. Hoffman
Canadian artist Wendy Hoffman, an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, has a visual arts career spanning over fifty years. In a wash of oranges, yellows, and blues, this floating-feather watercolor painting will add a touch of serenity to your home or office, as well.

Compliments of Wendy Hoffman

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Barbados Luxury Resort Stay
Situated on Barbados’s stunning West Coast, The Club, Barbados, is a perfect Caribbean vacation getaway. With a wide selection of activities—including three freshwater swimming pools, Jacuzzi, tennis, snorkeling, windsurfing, fishing, kayaking, and more—there’s something for everyone. When it's time to relax, chill out with a cocktail at the Beach Bar or indulge in a decadent spa treatment at their luxurious spa & salon. Wherever you go, you’ll experience the warm hospitality Barbados is famous for. At The Club, island bliss is a way of life!

Compliments of Elite Island Resorts

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Handcrafted Necklace from John Lewis Jewelry
Known for their stunning and unique designs, John Lewis Inc. creates fine jewelry that’s not like all the rest. Each and every piece is a work of art, designed and crafted by hand by Boston’s own A-list jewelry maker. This necklace—selected for BEMF by John Lewis himself—is no exception, but it will surely make you stand out from the crowd.

Compliments of John Lewis

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Hand-woven Mamluk Rug from Dover Rug & Home
For three generations, the Jafri family has been designing, weaving, and exporting fine, hand-knotted rugs and carpeting from Pakistan, India, and Nepal. In all ways typical of the distinctive Mamluk style, this gorgeous rug is distinguished not only by its bold designs, but also by its lustrous wool, fine weave and soft, closely valued coloration dominated by pale greens, yellows and reds. This stunning piece will enhance both form and function wherever it finds its home.

Compliments of Mahmud Jafri and Dover Rug & Home

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Chef’s Dinner and Wine for Ten
Chris Douglass, celebrated Chef/Owner of Ashmont Grill and Tavolo restaurants, as well as the former Icarus, visits your home to prepare a feast for you and nine of your closest friends. Crediting the work of Julia Child and Alice Waters as his inspiration, Chef Douglass’s food reflects his commitment to fresh, sustainable cuisine, and this unforgettable meal will be no exception.

Compliments of Chris Douglass and Friends of BEMF

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Case of Fine White Burgundy Wines
These wonderful selections of Etienne Sauzet's 2004 Premier Cru Puligny Montrachets are ready to drink now, and you’ll want to share these special bottles with friends. Replacing these bottles is currently only possible through auction sales or private means—and as such represent an extraordinary opportunity to acquire well-aged, ready-to-drink wines.

Compliments of BEMF Overseer Robert E. Kulp, Jr.

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BEMF 2014-2015 Season Dress Circle Subscription
Enjoy the best seats in the house for BEMF’s upcoming season! Two premium Dress Circle Subscriptions to BEMF’s upcoming 25th Anniversary Season, featuring the BEMF Vocal & Chamber Ensembles and Chamber Opera Series, The Tallis Scholars, Venice Baroque Orchestra, the Newberry Consort, and more.

Compliments of Boston Early Music Festival

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One-Week Lakeside Stay in Maine
Welcome to the Western Maine Mountains! Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life with a weeklong stay at Loon Cottage, set directly on the shores of Lake Christopher in Bryant Pond, Maine. Four seasons of enjoyment await you at this rustic, 4-bedroom timberframe retreat. Whether you enjoy boating, hiking, swimming, fishing, golf, winter sports (the cabin is minutes away from Sunday River ski resort), or just relaxing lakeside, options for fun and relaxation abound!

Compliments of Sue Pundt

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Private Soirée at the French Consul Résidence
You and five guests are invited to join the French Consul Général, Fabien Fieschi, at his private home, just outside of Harvard Square, for a delightful evening of dinner and cocktails for six. Engage in effervescent conversation (en français, si vous voulez), sip sparkling cocktails, and savor a sumptuous dinner. This is sure to be a fabulous evening for all in attendance. Une belle soirée en perspective!

Compliments of Consul Général de France à Boston

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Antigua Luxury Resort Stay
Nestled along Antigua’s pristine northeast coast, The Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua is an eco-friendly beachfront spa resort that provides a stunning setting for sumptuous indulgence. There is truly something for everyone at this exceptional resort! Kayak, snorkel, windsurf, and swim in the tranquil waters of the resort’s two reef-sheltered beaches and discover eco-adventures at the resort and around the island. Whether you want to be active or simply soak in the natural beauty, The Verandah Resort & Spa is your place to relax and reconnect.

Compliments of Elite Island Resorts

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Painting by Frederic Kellogg
Known for his vividly colorful portraits of small-town and coastal Maine, Frederic Kellogg has been deeply 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. “Realism has to find a new legitimacy,” the artist says. “It demonstrates what only painting can do in helping people to see what is around them but with new techniques and innovative approaches.” A painting from Mr. Kellogg will help you see your world with a new eye.

Compliments of Frederic Kellogg

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Romanesque Stained Glass Panel
The Lyn Hovey Stained Glass Studio is internationally recognized for excellence in design and fabrication of stained and art glass in contemporary architectural spaces—and this unique and stunning piece was created by Lyn Hovey himself. Designed in the Romanesque style, the panel comes with an accompanying reprint of the manuscript, “Aucassin & Nicolete”—the romantic story that inspired the work.

Compliments of Paul and Alice Johnson

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Westport Rivers Winery Tour and Tasting
Enjoy a tour and tasting for up to 10 guests at the ever popular Westport Rivers Winery on Massachusetts’ south shore.
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Boston Public Library Tour and Dinner
Join art aficionado and former art librarian Emily Farnsworth for a guided tour of the Boston Public Library, followed by dinner at the Chilton Club.
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Cocktail Party Catering Package by Norman Fine Catering
A catering package offered by BEMF favorite Norman Fine at your private event for up to 20 guests.
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Boston Bruins Tickets
An exceptional pair of center-ice tickets to any 2014-2015 season Bruins home game.
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Salon Mario Russo
Visit one of Newbury Street’s most exclusive salons for a fresh cut with their exceptional stylists.
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iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot
Relieve yourself of the drudgery of housework with the amazing labor-saving work of your own Roomba vacuum!
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Boston Harbor Brunch Cruise
Enjoy a two-hour brunch cruise of Boston’s Inner and Outer Harbor for up to four people, hosted by BEMF’s own Director of Education and Auctioneer, David Coffin.
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Overnight in Marblehead
Dinner, breakfast, and luxury lodging in this gorgeous seaside North Shore destination.
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Boston-area Arts Tickets and Subscriptions
A variety of guest passes, tickets, and subscriptions from your favorite Boston arts organizations.
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Turtle Creek Winery Tour and Tasting
A tour and tasting for up to 15, led by the winemakers at Turtle Creek Winery in Lincoln, MA.
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