Friends of the Monterey Symphony Hosts its 8th Annual Mystery Play and Dinner Fundraiser in Both Salinas and Monterey

Top Quote The year is 1923, and the Macawber family gathers to decide who will inherit the family mansion. The test of the true heir is surviving two nights alone in the house. End Quote
  • Salinas, CA (1888PressRelease) December 03, 2016 - All who have tried have failed the test. That's the plot for the 8th annual Mystery Play and Dinner Fundraiser presented by the Friends of the Monterey Symphony. "Ghosts Galore: The Mystery of the Macawber Mansion" takes place Saturday, Jan. 28 in Salinas (Hartnell College) and again on Saturday, Feb. 4 in Monterey (Portola Hotel & Spa). This year's production will feature cameos by such notable locals as Maddox Haberdasher, Theodore Balestreri Jr. and Doug Toby.

    Directed by local choreographer and realtor, Lucretia Butler, the two performances will benefit the Monterey Symphony, whose mission is to engage, educate and excite the community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

    The evening in Salinas begins with a reception at 4:15 p.m., followed by the play at 5 p.m. Tier 3 seating begins at $25 advance ($30 door), along with Tier 2 ($35/$40) and Tier 1 ($50/$55). Tickets for students and active military are priced at $10.

    The Monterey event begins at 5 p.m., followed by a three-course dinner at 6 p.m. and the play. The dinner includes playful ghost-themed menu items.

    General seating in Monterey is $125, with special VIP tickets and Red Carpet packages available. VIP packages include front row seating, premium wines, and special gifts.
    To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit, or call 831-646-8511.

    Background on Friends of the Monterey Symphony:
    We are group of community volunteers who are dedicated supporters of the Monterey Symphony. We are working professionals, parents, grandparents and retirees of all ages who live, work and shop throughout the many communities served by the Symphony. We understand the importance of musical enrichment for our community and music education for our children. We are loyal concert-goers who organize and deliver an array of special events as benefits to support the Symphony.

    If you love classical music, a wonderful way to show appreciation for music in your community is to become a Friend of the Monterey Symphony with your tax-deductible donation and/or to volunteer your time. Your support helps the Symphony continue to bring excellent performances of Great Music, LIVE! to the Monterey Peninsula and Central Coast. We offer a variety of ways to participate and show your support for the Symphony.

    Background on the Monterey Symphony:
    The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

    The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides triple performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel's Sunset Theater and Salinas's Sherwood Hall, as well as youth education programs that include visits to classrooms by musicians and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for school children.

    The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported in part through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, and through grants from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Buffet Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, Frisone Family Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Harden Foundation, The Todd Lueders Fund for the Arts of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Monterey County Weekly Community Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Music Performance Trust Fund, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, The Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Samson Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, Warren and Katharine Schlinger Foundation, Alexander F. Victor Foundation, and many other generous foundations and individual donors.

    The Monterey Symphony is also supported by the following partners for each of its concerts during this 2015-2016 Season: United States Military Academy at West Point Class of 1958 (October), Taylor Farms (November), Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters, Inc. / K-Mozart (February), Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (March), Pebble Beach Equestrian Center (April), and George and Patricia Yellich Family - Santa Cruz Oral Maxillofacial Surgery (May).

    For additional information, please call the Monterey Symphony at 831-646-8511 or visit our web site:

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