The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s year-long 50th anniversary season shifts into high gear with “Golden on Grand,” a spectacular black-tie gala extravaganza celebrating the Chorale’s remarkable musical legacy over the past five decade, on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 6 pm. Cultural, political and business luminaries, including Gala benefactor BNY Mellon, as well as long-time friends of the Chorale will come together for this glamorous tribute and elegant evening of music and dining at the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Chorale’s original home for 37 years, from 1964 to 2003, until it moved to Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003. Gala highlights include the Chorale’s signature “Surround Sing”; live and silent auctions; a sumptuous dinner catered by Patina; and dancing to Wayne Foster Entertainment. KNBC’s Fritz Coleman is Master of Ceremonies.
“The Los Angeles Master Chorale has been a vital part of the city’s cultural fabric for the past five decades,” states LAMC President and CEO Terry Knowles. “Given the choir’s tremendous reach and broad artistic impact, it is only fitting that we celebrate in grand style this ground-breaking musical organization and all those who have contributed to its growth and success.”
Gala Committee Co-Chairs are Annette Ermshar, Ph.D., and Joyce Nores. Patron Co-Chairs are Carol and Warner Henry, and Laney and Tom Techentin. Auction Co-Chairs are Marguerite Marsh, Ph.D., and Sonia Randazzo. Gala Committee Members include Carmen Apodaca, Alice Coulombe, Agnes Lew, Marjorie Lindbeck, Marian Niles, Susan Olsen and Katy Tucker.
The gala is part of a special weekend-long 50th anniversary celebration that also includes two performances of Bach’s incomparable B Minor Mass conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon and featuring a musical force of 115 singers from the Chorale plus a symphonic orchestra on Saturday, January 25, 2 pm, and Sunday, January 26, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Bach’s masterpiece, an “astonishing work” that holds “a monumental place in music history” (New York Times), is the first piece the Chorale performed on its inaugural concert in 1965 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Concert tickets range from $29 – $129.
Gala tickets start at $650 per person. For concert and/or gala tickets and information, please call 213-972-7282 or visit www.lamc.org.