2:00 PM14:00

Mari and Håkon Samuelson

Exclusive private concert for direct supporters of The Open String in the Bay Area. The venue is a beautiful colonial villa in Sausalito with an exotic garden and sweeping views of the Bay from a shaded, wraparound deck. Attendance by invitation only and limited to 50 guests. 

The Samuelson siblings from Norway will be coming straight here after performing as featured soloists at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for an audience of over 15,000.


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The Open String presents: Zoë Keating, Gilles Collard, Amos Yang - Grand Theatre, San Francisco
8:00 PM20:00

The Open String presents: Zoë Keating, Gilles Collard, Amos Yang - Grand Theatre, San Francisco



Join us at the newly reopened Grand Theatre on Mission for a unique benefit concert hosted by The Open String. This musical evening with investigative cellist and one-woman orchestra Zoë Keating, Swiss virtuoso violinist Gilles Colliard, and SF symphony cellist Amos Yang + guests will span sublime classical and modern compositions specifically for stringed instruments. Musicians will be performing on The Guadagnini Quartet, a special set of instruments by master violinmaker Robert Brewer Young.

100% of the proceeds will serve to fund The Open String's Annual Grant Program, which supports children in need by supplying four youth education programs in the Bay Area with musical instruments.

VIP ticket holders can attend a special reception hosted by The Open String's directors and affiliated artists. Aperitifs and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

6:30 Special Reception for VIP ticket holders
7:30 Doors open for general public
8:00 Concert begins (duration: 1h30)

*Online ticket sales end on 12/8 at 5pm.

Door Ticket Prices: 

$55 - General Benefit Seating

$75 - Priority Benefit Seating

$105 - VIP Benefit Seating + Reception

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7:00 PM19:00

The Guadagnini Quartet with Richard O'Neill - L.A.

Join us for exquisite music and dialogue between the instruments and players of The Guadagnini Quartet in a marvelous home with a rich history of musical guests, including William Primrose, Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Millstein, and Albert Einstein, who all played quartets there. RSVP for location information.

Richard Yongjae O’Neill and members of the San Francisco Symphony will perform quartet music selections from Beethoven, Dvorak, and others. Donations will benefit The Open String, a non-profit that helps underserved youth orchestras and musicians in need by providing quality instruments and accessories.

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8:30 PM20:30

The Guadagnini Quartet with Gilles Colliard - In the Mission

For tickets and more information:

The Open String invites you to enjoy deeply engaging quartet music played up close by violin virtuosos in a gorgeous artist loft at a former Brewery complex in the Mission district in San Francisco. All proceeds from this event benefit youth orchestras and young musicians in developing areas who need string instruments and maintenance. We provide these directly to vetted recipients through our organization on a project-by-project basis.

This is a unique event for up to 50 attending guests in an intimate salon atmosphere that brings together Baroque sensitivity with Bohemian flair at the heart of San Francisco's tech epicenter.

Gilles Colliard, French violin soloist and conductor of the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, will be accompanied by several members of the San Francisco symphony orchestra, including cellist Amos Yang, as they perform selections from Bach, Beethoven, Cherubini, Dvorak, Paganini, and others.

Through a few solo pieces, the musicians will also personally showcase the Guadagnini Quartet, a unique set of instruments crafted by modern violinmaker and The Open String founder Robert Brewer Young, who will give a brief presentation of our mission and our work. 

There will be seating, a cash bar, and fine chocolates. 

The venue is a private loft home in a light industrial zone in the Mission district located at 1 Enterprise Street, San Francisco, a not-so-small alley off Folsom near 16th street. The gray 3-story building has crenalations like a medieval castle and the loft is on the top floor. 

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