San Francisco, June 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Swords to Plowshares is proud to host our 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Symphony Concert taking place on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the historic Herbst Theatre.

Summer Solstice Symphony Concert

Tuesday, June 19, 2018; 7:15-8:45 PM

7:15 PM – Performance

Herbst Theatre

401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

The concert will be a joyous evening of music by Symphonia Caritas, a professional orchestra that plays to improve the lives of those in need. Symphonia Caritas will feature Mozart’s Overture to Marriage of Figaro, Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor. Accompanying the orchestra to the stage will be accomplished solo pianist Jeffrey LaDeur, who has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian.

“The services that we offer empower veterans to live meaningful and productive lives. Thanks to our sponsors and community partners like Symphonia Caritas, the funds raised from our Summer Solstice Symphony Concert will go to supporting San Francisco’s most vulnerable veterans. Without community partners like Symphonia Caritas, our work would not be possible,” said Michael Blecker, Swords to Plowshares’ executive director.

“My wife and I,” said Paul Schrage, musical director of Symphonia Caritas, “are deeply grateful to the veterans who have sacrificed for our protection and defense. With veterans constituting an outsized proportion of the overall homeless population, we are proud to partner with Swords to Plowshares to raise money to help prevent and end homelessness and poverty among all veterans in need.”

All proceeds from the event will go to support Swords to Plowshares’ critical services to the nearly 3,000 San Francisco Bay Area veterans served annually.

Sponsors of our 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Symphony Concert include: Pinterest Veteran Employee Resource Group; Artis Neville; Cahill Contractor's, Inc.; Facebook; Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood; Nonstop Wellness; Diane B. Wilsey; Gelfand Partners Architects; Mark Bregman; Paul Cox & Margo Schueler; Unilever; Bruce Colman; Carol Wilder; John Beem; John C. Marquez; Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Saida Sullivan Design Partners; Summus Products, Inc.; and Yaniv Newman.

About Swords to Plowshares: 
Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, rapid re-housing and eviction prevention services, employment and training, supportive housing, and legal benefits assistance for low-income, homeless, and at-risk veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swords to Plowshares promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy and public education, and partner with local, state, and national entities. Learn more about the work of Swords to Plowshares, and ways you can help, by visiting our website at

About Symphonia Caritas: 
Symphonia Caritas was born in early 2015 with a benefit concert for the Lima Center, a daytime homeless shelter in San Francisco. The idea was simple: hire great musicians, put on a great concert, and raise more money than it cost to produce the concert. Since that first concert, Symphonia Caritas has continued to raise money in benefit concerts, as well as expanded its mission to include free concerts directly for the underserved. To learn more, visit


Kevin C Miller
Swords to Plowshares