Join us at the Soiree

Our Spring Soiree is coming up: Thursday May 16 6-9pm, at The St. Botolph Club at 199 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. This year's theme is Night Music from the Streets of Madrid. We'll have live music from the Criers, drinks, buffet, and our ever-popular silent auction! Tickets are $125, $200 for two, and can be obtained by emailing Kelly Reed: kelly@afarcry.org A preview of our auction items:

Sponsor a Concert Help A Far Cry kick off their season in Jordan Hall by sponsoring "Once Upon a Time" on September 7 at 8PM. Hang out back stage, sit in the recording booth, and attend the dress rehearsal. Value: $20,000. Opening bid: $2,500.

An Evening of Music and Food A group of Criers will come to your home, cook dinner and play you some tunes. Invite up to four guests. One of our most popular items! Value: $3,000. Opening bid: $1,500.

Iron Chef is Back! You think the Criers can make music? Wait till you sample their cooking! Top 3 bidders will win a place at the table for you and a guest. And...you get to be the competition judge! Value: $300 per couple. Opening bid: $200.

Your Own String Quartet A quartet of Criers will play in your home. What would you do with your own personal string quartet? Value: $3,000. Opening bid: $1,500.

Catch the Vibe Bill Flynn, Artist and Professor of Art at Massachusetts College of Art, sketched A Far Cry in rehearsal. These sketches, that so wonderfully catch the spirit, energy and vibe of A Far Cry, are highlighted in our Season Seven brochure. Large charcoal sketch--Value: $800. Opening bid: $400. Small ink sketch--Value: $500. Opening bid: $250.

Kristen and Kurt Kristen Watson, featured soprano from A Far Cry's concert "Long Gaze", will reprise her performance of the wistful and provocative songs of Kurt Weill, in a special house concert setting. The lucky bidder wins an appearance from Ms. Watson and her accompanist in a customized concert of Weill and other 40s-era inspired tunes, right in the comfort of your own home. Value: $2,000. Opening bid: $1,000.

Vermont Winter Retreat Join the Criers for a special evening in Liisa Kissel's Grafton, Vermont barn for dinner and an informal concert. Package includes one night's stay at the Historic Grafton Inn and a gift certificate to Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center for a day of cross-country skiiing. Date: Tuesday, February 4. Value: $400. Opening bid: $200.

Darling Pie-of-the-Month Club Award-winning pie baker Margaret Darling, mother of award-winning violist Sarah Darling, will bake six pies for you throughout the course of the year and a Crier will deliver them to your home! Value: $250 Opening bid: $125.

Garden Clean-Up Experienced gardener Kelly Reed offers one day (4-5 hours) of spring or fall garden clean-up. Value: $250. Opening bid: $125.

Vacationing in the Virgin Islands? A Far Cry friends Jacqui and Howard Schwartz offer you a one day sailing excursion on their 44 foot ketch. Value: $200. Opening bid: $100.

Emmanuel Music Join Renowned Emmanuel Music for a concert next season in the beautiful Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street. Value of two tickets: $150. Opening bid: $75.

Summer Music in Rockport Join A Far Cry as they kick off the Rockport Chamber Music Festival at this sold-out concert on Friday, June 7 at 7:30PM. Value: $130. Opening bid: $80.

Music and Dinner with Isabella Come hear A Far Cry at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and enjoy lunch (or dinner) in Cafe G prior to the show. Sunday performances at 1:30: September 22, December 8, February 2, May 11. Thursday Avant Gardner performances at 7:30pm: December 5, April 17. Top two bids will be accepted. Value: $120. Opening bid: $75.

MFA Membership One Family Membership to the Museum of Fine Arts. Value: $200. Opening bid: $100.

ICA Membership One Family Membership to the Institute of Contemporary Art. Value: $95. Opening bid: $50.

Be Hip Crier Megumi Stohs Lewis will navigate you through the world of the hippest new music apps for your tablet or phone. Value: $100. Opening bid: $50.

More Music, Please! Take home more tunes--our Season Six Collaborators' CDs. This basket features music from David Krakauer, John McDonald, Paula Robison, Markus Schirmer, and Nicholas Urie. Value: $100. Opening bid: $25.