ViolaMANIA 2.0! - Updated Info

Calling all violists and viola lovers:
At long last, ViolaMANIA 2.0 is almost here!

Where: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley
Who: San Francisco Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with the Northern California Viola Society
When: MONDAY, OCTOBER 29th, 2012
 - Pre-concert Viola Fair - DOORS OPEN AT 5:30pm
 ViolaMANIA 2.0! - CONCERT STARTS: 8pm
 - In Advance: $8.50 - Buy Online through
 - At the door: $10.50
 - Bring a viola to play along & get $1 off the door price

Can't make it to the show? Watch LIVE (8pm PST) online at [Buy your $3 Viewing Pass Here]

Join us October 29th in Berkeley as more than two dozen local professionals, amateurs, students, teachers and superstars come together to perform in ViolaMANIA 2.0!, a fun & vibrant, unforgettable, wide-ranging viola extravaganza.

A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the non-profit NCVS, in support of the variety of exciting, educational & community-building events & activities we are planning for the coming season, and beyond.

The sequel to 2010's blowout original, ViolaMANIA 2.0! is going to be bigger, better and perhaps scarier, given its proximity to Halloween (and the November election, for that matter), including: 

Expanded pre-concert Viola Fair in the lobby
 * A silent auction and raffle (come early to peruse the fab offerings and place your bids)
 * Viola ensemble chamber music reading in the lobby organized by AVS Past-president Dr. Thomas Tatton - come early to sign up & play
 * Local vendor tables, sharing their wares and services
 * Special NCVS and ViolaMANIA apparel & accessories available for purchase, some of which features new, special-to-the-NCVS artwork created by the SF-based, '70s underground comics maestro Michael McMillan
 * The famous Viola Joke Box
 * Food and drink provided (for purchase) by the good folks hosting us at the Freight...

Increased program variety on stage:
 * Including music by (so far...) J.S. Bach, Wagner, Gordon Jacob, Nils Bultmann, Jeremy Cohen, Katrina Wreede, Cookie Segelstein & G.P. Telemann.
 * The inaugural Battle of the Bratschen will feature a pair of brave school orchestra viola sections playing classic symphonic excerpts in competition for your love & affection
 * The en masse reading of the Telemann G Major Viola Concerto concludes the evening, complete with raffled-off cadenzas and the orchestral part performed by a small contingent of our "Violarchestra" core while everybody else in the room who brought their viola joins in together for the potentially world record-breaking group "solo."

More fantastic performers
 * Jonathan Vinocour, Jodi Levitz, Paul Yarbrough, Charlton Lee, Ethan Filner, Ben Simon, Katie Wreede,  Nils Bultmann, Jeremy Cohen, Mads Tolling, Cookie Segelstein, Darcy Rindt, Ellen Rose, Daria D'Andrea, Patty Heller, Wendy Clymer, Emily Onderdonk, Jason Pyszkowski, Kevin Jim, Sue Nelson, Sandy Leem, Stephen Moore, David Cann, & Tom Tatton. To name a few.

Over $1000 worth of Fabulous Raffle and Silent Auction Items
 * Bow rehairs by local masters
 * Carbon-fiber bow from Shar
 * A night at the Inn at the Opera in San Francisco
 * An SF Chamber Orchestra Family Membership
 * SF Performances concert tickets
 * Featured Artist recordings
 * Wine & Liquor baskets
 * Sheet music by local and not-so-local composers
 * A Mini metronome
 * Portable Stand lights
 * Other music accessories
 * & More!

This is truly a "must see to believe" event. But seating is limited! If you're thinking of coming, we encourage you to buy online in advance to both save $2 and ensure you'll be a part of the show.

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See you there!