Great Gatsby Gala a success! Plus Jon Kimura Parker kicks off Piano Masters Series

Added THU, SEP 27TH 2012

Great Gatsby Gala a success!

$50M Endowment Campaign announced

Great Gatsby Gala
The Villa was beautifully decorated and antique cars gathered on the lawn for the Great Gatsby Gala.

This past Saturday, September 22, 300 guests gathered at Montalvo for the Great Gatsby Gala, a celebration of our past and future that was filled with vintage costumes, antique cars, music, dancing, and plenty of surprises!

Sydene Kober & Senator Phelan
From left: Fred Kober, "Senator Phelan," Sydene Kober


Guests got into the spirit by dressing in 1920s-inspired outfits, enjoying a cocktail hour in the Italianate Garden followed by dinner on the front Veranda, dessert in the Spanish Courtyard, and dancing in the Oval Garden to the music of Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Parked on the Great Lawn were vintage cars, donated for the evening by local collectors, and an actor playing Montalvo's founder Senator James D. Phelan chatted with attendees.


At dinner, Executive Director Angela McConnell announced the quiet phase of an endowment campaign to raise $50 million for Montalvo, led by our two Lifetime Trustees, Sally Lucas and Charmaine Warmenhoven. To inaugurate the campaign, Charmaine and her husband Dan donated $5 million and Sally and her husband Don donated $10 million. Montalvo also received a $500,000 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to fund the operating expenses. 


In addition to ticket sales, the silent auction, live auction, and fund a need donations raised nearly $400,000 for Montalvo's arts programs and operations. Seven original works by former artists-in-residence were sold in the silent auction, and the live auction featured three once-in-a-lifetime experience packages. The call to fund a need generated nearly $100,000 in donations. 

Nancy Pelosi, Judy Marcus, Anna Eshoo
From left: Nancy Pelosi, Judy Marcus, Anna Eshoo


Along with Montalvo Members, Trustees, and friends, several Bay Area political leaders came to show their support: Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul were in attendance, as were Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and State Senator Joe Simitian with his wife Mary. Thanks to all of our guests who made the evening such a tremendous success! 


Click here to see our Facebook photo album from this wonderful evening; click here for an article in the San Jose Mercury News.

The Warmenhovens and the Lucases
From left: Don Lucas, Charmaine Warmenhoven,
Sally Lucas, Dan Warmenhoven

 Special thanks to our Platinum Sponsor

Applied Materials

Still time to sign up for
Raku Pottery Class,
plus Winter Camps now 
on sale!
Bring nature, science, and the arts together in Hand-Built Pottery with Raku Firing, a five-week class taught by Charlee Wagner on Tuesday afternoons from October 16-November 13
The raku process involves firing clay at a high temperature, then placing it on a bed of natural materials (leaves, sawdust, pine needles). Smoke from these materials imprints designs on the pottery, creating beautiful art pieces which students can take home! Taught in the newly-completed Creekside Studio, this course is perfect for both adults and kids.
Kids in winter jackets
Kids love our
Winter Camps!
Winter Camps
School may have just started for your kids, but it's never too early to plan ahead for break. This winter, keep your child active during ski break (Feb 18-22) with one or both of our fantastic Winter Camps!
Spy Camp (9am-12pm for ages 10-13; 1-4pm for ages 6-9) is a fun way for students to explore Montalvo's grounds as they work together to solve puzzles, create their own secret "languages," and master the finer points of espionage! In Circus Arts Camp (9am-12pm for ages 6-9; 1-4pm for ages 10-13), students will learn all sorts of circus skills, from clowning to juggling to tumbling.
Register for either Raku Pottery or Winter Camps online via Ultracamp. Sign up quickly, as we expect these classes to fill up!
Circus Arts Camp
Kids learn all kinds of new skills
at Circus Arts Camp!
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Jon Kimura Parker to

perform Rite of Spring & more

Jon Kimura Parker

"An insightful, energetic soloist...the audience roared in approval!"

                           --The New York Times


Join us on Sunday, October 28, at 7:30pm, as Jon Kimura Parker kicks off our season of Piano Masters with a riveting performance in the intimate Carriage House Theatre. 


One of today's most sought-after pianists and a true Canadian ambassador of music, Parker will be performing his own arrangement of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, and other pieces.

Parker has performed with numerous orchestras and played solo recitals all over the globe, including performances for Queen Elizabeth II and for the US Supreme Court. He is currently Professor of Piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and has taught master classes at Juilliard and other prestigious institutions.


Don't miss this outstanding talent: Reserve your seat today! Tickets are available online or by calling the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday. 


For a full list of upcoming concerts at Montalvo, click here.



Did you receive your

Montalvo programs brochure?

2012-13 Brochure


As a supporter of Montalvo, you may have received one of our beautiful 2012-2013 program brochures in the mail in the past week. We hope you had a chance to look through it and read about all of our amazing arts and education programs, events, concerts, and more!


If you didn't receive one, stop in at our Box Office and pick one up! You can also give our Membership department a call at 408-961-5849 and ask to be added to our mailing list, or you can download a PDF of the entire brochure here.





Montalvo Box Office:


Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm


Tickets available online via Ticketmaster


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at a glance:


Fri, September 28, 6pm

Final Fridays with YaYa Chou 


Sun, September 30, 7pm

Joe Walsh 


Thu, October 4, 7pm

Joe Jackson and the Bigger Band featuring Regina Carter 


Sun, October 7, 7:30pm

Jake Shimabukuro (SOLD OUT!) 


Sat, October 13, 8pm

Delfeayo Marsalis Octet presents Sweet Thunder: The Music of Duke Ellington 


Sun, October 14, noon

The Man Who Planted Trees 


Wed, October 17, 7:30pm

Doc Severinsen's South of the Border Tour with the San Miguel 5 


Fri, October 19, 8pm

Spyro Gyra 


Tuesdays, Oct 16-Nov 13, 3:30-5:30pm

Hand-Built Pottery/Raku Firing Class


Sundays & Tuesdays, 10am

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours




In the Project Space Gallery:


On view through October 14

Daniel Canogar: The Film Trilogy (part of the ZERO1 Biennial: Seeking Silicon Valley).

Closing Reception & Artist's Talk: Friday, October 12, 6:30-8:30pm


Opens October 26

Ruth Boerefijn & Bia Gayotto: In and Out of PlaceOpening Reception: Friday, October 26, 6pm