Auction Items

Our Spring Soiree is coming up: Wednesday May 2 at 6pm, The St. Botolph Club at 199 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. This evening is always a highlight of our year, with a private concert, drinks, hors d'oeurves, and a wide-ranging auction! Tempted? Get your tickets today! Announcing our 2012 Soiree auction items:

Music by Markus Enjoy the beautiful sounds of Austrian pianist Markus Schirmer. This package includes three CDs, plus a certificate for one forthcoming CD of Markus playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Major with A Far Cry, recorded this past spring in Jordan Hall. Value: $60. Opening Bid: $25.

Bow Re-hairing Help the Criers get their bows re-haired! Each re-hairing costs approximately $70. This item is a multiple-person bidding item (meaning, each person pays for as many re-hairings as you wish). Value: $70 each. Opening bid: $70.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Friend Membership Become a member of the museum where A Far Cry is the Chamber Music Orchestra in Residence. This membership includes: unlimited free admission for two adults for one year (children are admitted for free), invitations to members-only exhibition previews and special events, special member prices and advance notice for concerts and lectures, invitation to New Member Tour, 10% discount at the museum store, Gift of the Gardner, in the new building. Value: $95. Opening Bid: $50.

Learn to Tweet Baffled by the world of tweeting? Need help navigating Facebook or other forms of electronic media? Crier Miki Sophia Cloud will step you through this world of social media. Learn what this means: nightafternight Me on @TheKnightsNYC + @oestreichj on @afarcrymusic + @kozinn on @neilrolnick = hippest @nytimesmusic round-up ever: http://nyti.ms/gXeTAM -- Steve Smith, The New York Times. Value: $100. Opening Bid: $50.

Choral Splendor One of Boston’s premiere choral groups, the Back Bay Chorale, is offering two tickets to one concert next season at Sanders Theater. Visit www.backbaychorale.org for concert schedule. Value: $100. Opening bid: $50.

Voice Lesson with Kristen Watson Highly acclaimed soprano Kristen Watson (who will be performing with A Far Cry next season!) offers one seventy-five-minute voice lesson for male or female voice. (Beginner level welcome.) Value: $110. Opening bid: $70.

Spend Christmas with Bach Join renowned Emmanuel Music for Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on Saturday, December 1, 2012, 7:30PM. Two first-tiered seats. Value: $150. Opening bid: 75.

Pie-A-Month Club Who has time to bake? Award-winning pie baker Margaret Darling, mother of award-winning violist/Crier Sarah Darling, will bake a total of six pies for you throughout the year, and a Crier will deliver them to your home. (Times to be determined). Value: $200. Opening bid: $100.

Spring (or Fall) Garden Clean-Up Experienced gardener Kelly Reed offers one day (4-5 hours) of spring or fall garden clean up. Offer includes: raking out beds, hoeing, trimming back plants, preparing for plantings. Kelly will supply all tools. Value: $250. Opening bid: $125.

Paddle Vermont Experienced canoe guide Jean Gerber will take you and a guest down one of Vermont’s scenic rivers. Spend the day paddling and eating a lovely picnic lunch along the banks of a river. Then spend the night at the historic and beautiful Norwich Inn in Norwich, VT. Visit www.norwichinn.com. (Mutually agreed upon time – May through October; canoe included). Value: $400. Opening bid: $200.

Vermont Winter Retreat for Two January 20 and 21, 2013. Join the Criers next January for a concert in Grafton, VT. Package includes concert tickets, one night’s stay in the quaint Grafton Inn and a one-day pass to Grafton Ponds Cross-country Ski Center. Visit www.graftonponds.com and www.graftoninnvermont.com. Value: $400. Opening bid: $200.

Can we Talk? Criers are in desperate need of a better way to communicate with each other while on the road. Please help us purchase a conference call machine that will allow everyone to call and video-chat into the office for meetings. Value: $400. Opening bid: $200.

Wow, Do We Need a Scanner! Please help us purchase a new scanner so we can more easily scan our music saving us hours of time. Value: $400. Opening bid: $200.

Block Island Summer—A Romantic Getaway for Two Stay in a beautiful condo, owned by David and Felice Silverman, on Block Island and enjoy this lovely island’s beaches and restaurants. Dates that condo is available: July 30 through August 10, 2012. Value for one week: $1300. Opening bid: $500.

Your Own Crier String Quartet You choose the time (up to two hours) and place (around the Boston area), and A Far Cry will provide a world-class string quartet plus a pre-concert lecture. This is a wonderful way to promote the Criers. Let your imagination run wild: what would YOU do with your own string quartet? Value: $1,400. Opening bid: $800.

Crying in Vienna Join the Criers for their European Debut. A Far Cry will play with powerhouse Austrian pianist Markus Schirmer on October 20, 2012 at one of the best halls in the world – Vienna’s Musikverein. Package includes: 2 tickets to the Musikverein concert, discount hotel package, dinner after the show with the Criers and your very own personal walking tour of Vienna with Crier Miki Sophia Cloud. Value: $1,800. Opening bid: $1,000.

Ecstatic Party Bus Sponsor a bus to the Big Apple on July 14, 2012 where Criers will be performing in the Ecstatic Music Festival in Central Park. Along with bus sponsorship, we invite you and a guest to ride the bus with the Criers, to join us for the concert, and to party with the gang after the concert. Value: $2,500. Opening bid: $1,000.

An Evening of Music and Food A group of Criers will come to your home (within reasonable driving distance of Boston) to play music and…yes…cook you dinner. Invite your friends and enjoy an informal evening of good music and good company. This is a wonderful way for you to introduce your friends to the Criers. Value: $3,000. Opening bid: $1,500.