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Terry Knowles

Terry Knowles

It will be an unforgettable evening of music, glamour and heartfelt tributes when the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) honors President & CEO Terry Knowles, who is stepping down at the conclusion of the season after 15 years of visionary leadership, at its annual gala celebration, “LAMC Gala 2015,” on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. A highly regarded arts luminary noted for her key role in bringing the chorus to national prominence, Knowles has led the organization since 2000 through the most phenomenal growth period in its 50-year history. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams is the Honorary Gala Chair. The event features champagne and hors d’oeuvres in Disney Hall’s dramatic lobby, a remarkable private performance by the Chorale conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon on stage, a gourmet dinner by Patina in PB Hall, the LAMC’s signature “Surround Sing,” during which Chorale singers encircle gala patrons and shower them in glorious song, irresistible auction items, and dancing to the music of Wayne Foster Entertainment. BNY Mellon is Gala Benefactor. Kiki Ramos Gindler and LAMC Board Chair David Gindler are Platinum Gala Patrons. Gala proceeds help support LAMC’s artistic and education programs throughout the year.

“Under Terry’s exceptional and visionary leadership, the Los Angeles Master Chorale has become one of the world’s preeminent professional choirs, enjoying unsurpassed artistic expansion, remarkable fiscal growth, robust community partnerships and a stellar international reputation,” states David Gindler. “We are extremely grateful to her for the incredible impact she has had on the Chorale as well as on the city of Los Angeles and the choral community at large. There is no stronger advocate for choral music than Terry, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale has benefited beyond measure from her unwavering support, shrewd management and deeply felt passion. Through her work, she has touched the lives of so many people, and her legacy will endure long after she steps down.”

The Gala Committee includes Co-Chairs Annette Ermshar, Ph.D., and Kiki Ramos Gindler, as well as Raymundo Baltazar, Agnes Lew, Marian Niles, Wendy Pylko, Sonia Randazzo and Jann Williams.

Highlights during Knowles’ remarkable tenure with the Chorale include facilitating the choir’s transition to Walt Disney Concert Hall, increasing the Chorale’s operating budget by more than 80% to $5.4 million, and expanding its season and institutional profile significantly while working closely with Artistic Director Grant Gershon to help realize his artistic vision for the past 15 seasons. She has also overseen ambitious commissioning projects, tours to Europe, New York and the Midwest, the release of six commercial CDs, a recording partnership with Decca Classics, the Chorale’s expanded relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other leading Southland music organizations, and the launch of the “Voices Within” education outreach program, inspiring the next generation of composers, singers and music lovers. Under Knowles’ management, the Chorale has twice received the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming – in 2003 and 2010 – as well as Chorus America’s prestigious 2012 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral music award.

LAMC Gala 2015 tickets start at $650 per person with tables for 10 patrons starting at $6,000. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles. For gala information or to purchase tickets, please call 213-972-3162 or visit

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents five intimate, elegant and entertaining “LACO à la carte” fundraising events pairing delectable international cuisine with exclusive musical performances in the spectacular private homes of the Consuls General of Italy, France, Germany and Australia as well as one event at a magnificent private estate in Brentwood. Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings and illustrating that music truly knows no boundaries, each unique event features a different type of cuisine complemented by a salon performance by LACO musicians and guest artists. The series, now in its fifth year, also celebrates milestone LACO anniversaries of Principal Harp JoAnn Turovsky, in her 25th year with the Orchestra, and the 15th anniversaries of Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara and Associate Principal Violin II Sarah Thornblade. Proceeds help support education outreach programs of LACO, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International.

“LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman. Sponsors include Ahmad and Haleh Gramian, Ann Mulally, Mahnaz and David Newman, Ned and Dana Newman, Michael and Linda Rosen and Gene Shutler.

“Italy à la carte”
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 6 pm
In the Hollywood Hills at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Italy

Experience mouthwatering cuisine and celebrated wines of Italy at the first “LACO à la carte” of the season hosted by the Honorable Giuseppe Perrone, Consul General of Italy, and Mr. John Brooks in their beautiful Hollywood Hills residence. Musical highlights, paying homage to the violin’s Italian roots include dazzling duets performed by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Violin Julie Gigante.

“Iran à la carte” – Premium Event Celebrating LACO’s 45th Anniversary
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 7 pm
At the Brentwood Residence of Ahmad and Haleh Gramian

LACO pulls out the stops to celebrate the 45th anniversary of its inaugural concert when dedicated LACO Board member Ahmad Gramian and his wife, Haleh, host the second “LACO à la carte” in their gorgeous Brentwood home. Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav and LACO principals Roland Kato, viola, and Andrew Shulman, cello, explore works by Mozart and others, as well as musical themes of freedom, tolerance and justice in honor of the Cyrus Cylinder, the 2,600-year-old Persian human rights artifact on view at the Getty Villa in October. Exquisite Persian delicacies, beautifully presented in three lavish buffet courses, add a flavorful note to the anniversary celebration.

“France à la carte”
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7 pm
in Beverly Hills at the Official Residence of the Consul General of France

The Honorable Axel Cruau, Consul General of France, and Mrs. Dourène Cruau, host the season’s third “LACO à la carte” at their stately French residence in Beverly Hills in an evening illuminating the dazzling cultural and musical vibrancy of France with a recital of unaccompanied cello works performed by noted guest artist Jean-Guihen Queyras, who is also featured in the LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts on October 19 and 20. Superb French food and fine wine cap the party.

“Germany à la carte”
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 7 pm
In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Germany

“LACO à la carte” continues when Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara and Associate Principal Violin II Sarah Thornblade are spotlighted on the occasion of their 15th anniversaries with LACO at a cosmopolitan evening showcasing the culinary riches of Germany hosted by the Honorable Consul General of Germany, Dr. Bernd Fischer, and Mrs. Jutta Fischer, in their elegant Hancock Park home. LACO Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee and cello Trevor Handy join Vergara and Thornblade to perform the music of JS Bach and his contemporaries, providing flair to a delicious German dinner complete with wine and Kölsch beer.

“Australia à la carte”
Friday, November 8, 2013, 7 pm
In Brentwood at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Australia

Concluding the 2013 “LACO à la carte” series in grand style is an evening that invites guests to travel “down under” for a taste of Australia’s flourishing wine industry and inventive cuisine while celebrating the beauty and mystery of the harp. The event, hosted by Australia’s Consul General, the Honorable Karen Lanyon, and Mr. Craig Mills, at their beautiful Brentwood residence, features an intimate concert of Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp performed by Principal Harp JoAnn Turovsky, marking her 25th anniversary with LACO, Australian-born Victoria Miskolczy, associate principal viola, and David Shostac, principal flute.

“LACO à la carte” tickets are $275 per person. Tickets for the premium “Iran à la carte” are $325 per person. Multiple-event packages include Chef’s Table Trio tickets at $700 per person for three events. Premium Chef’s Table Trio tickets for three events including the premium event are $750 per person.

“LACO à la carte” events may be purchased by calling 213 622 7001 x 3. Details are available at

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) offers music lovers an opportunity to enjoy five intimate, elegant and entertaining “LACO à la carte” fundraising events pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive musical performances in the spectacular private homes of the consuls general of the Czech Republic, Armenia and Austria as well as at Pacific Palisades’ historic Villa Aurora and a magnificent private estate in Pasadena.

Adding a special flourish to the season and illustrating that music truly knows no boundaries, each event features a different style of cuisine complimented by a salon performance by LACO musicians and guest artists. “LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman. This season celebrates the milestone LACO anniversaries of Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, in her 15th year with the Orchestra, and Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, in her 10th year with the Orchestra.

Czech Republic à la carte
Thursday, October 11, 7 pm
in Westwood at the Official Residence of Consul General of the Czech Republic

Experience the flavorful cuisine and world famous beer of the Czech Republic at LACO’s season opening à la carte fête hosted by the Czech Republic’s Consul General, the Honorable Michal Sedlacek, and Mrs. Veronika Sedlackova at their beautiful Westwood residence. Musical highlights include a sneak peak of a new violin concerto written by Emmy®-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch for LACO’s Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav on the occasion of her 10th anniversary with the Orchestra. Stanislav’s colleague – and husband – LACO viola Robert Brophy is featured in Brahms’s inimitable Sonata for Viola and Piano, No.1 in F minor.

Germany à la carte
Saturday, October 13, 6 pm
at Pacific Palisades’ Villa Aurora, Artists’ Residence and Historic Landmark

The celebration continues when Concertmaster Margaret Batjer is spotlighted on the occasion of her 15th anniversary with LACO at a cosmopolitan evening showcasing the culinary riches of Germany hosted by Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades. This spectacular artists’ residence and historic landmark, set high on a hill overlooking the Santa Monica Bay, is described as a “true castle by the sea” by German novelist and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Mann, who, along with playwright Bertolt Brecht and filmmaker Fritz Lang, is one of many famed émigrés to have socialized there with such icons as Charlie Chaplin. Batjer performs a selection of works tailored to the enchanted evening.

Armenia à la carte
Sunday, October 28, 6 pm
in Sherman Oaks at the Official Residence of Consul General of Armenia

The Honorable Grigor Hovhannissian, Consul General of Armenia, and Mrs. Victoria Hovhannissian host an à la carte event at their private home in Sherman Oaks. The evening offers the sumptuous cuisine and delicacies of this historically and culturally rich republic, located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Performing lively Armenian dances, LACO Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian adds an exotic flavor to the festivities.

Austria à la carte
Friday, November 16, 7 pm
in Brentwood at the Austrian Residence of Karin Proidl, Consul General of Austria

Karin Proidl, Consul General of Austria, hosts an evening at the stately Austrian residence in Brentwood that illuminates the dazzling cultural and musical vibrancy of Vienna with a lively performance by LACO Principals Josefina Vergara, violin II, and Nico Abondolo, bass, who are also husband and wife. Vienna, with its delightful sidewalk cafes, pastry shops, prized beers and white wines and compelling art, music and architecture, is also celebrated as a haven for gourmands with the emergence of a sophisticated culinary movement, embracing fresh, seasonal and local produce.

China à la carte
Saturday, November 17, 7 pm
at a Private Pasadena Estate

East West Bank generously hosts China à la carte, LACO’s final à la carte fundraiser of the season, at a gorgeous private Pasadena estate. The China-inspired evening features a moving musical program and a feast of the distinctive Chinese cuisine.

“LACO à la carte” is generously sponsored by LACO president K. Eugene Shutler and board members Ann Moore Mulally, Mahnaz and David Newman; and Ned and Dana Newman.

Tickets are $250 per person. Multiple-event packages include Chef’s Table Trio tickets at $600 per person for three events.

“LACO à la carte” events are on sale now and may be purchased by calling 213 622 7001 x 3. Details are available at

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 44-year history, the Orchestra has made 30 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. LACO presents its Orchestral Series at both the Alex Theatre and Royce Hall, Baroque Conversations at Zipper Hall, Westside Connections chamber music series at The Broad Stage, and an annual Discover concert at Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO’s outreach programs Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program reach thousands of young people annually.

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The acclaimed Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA), dedicated to promoting acceptance through music, turns the spotlight on leaders who use their own voices to affect and advance social change at its inaugural “Voice Awards” on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 5:30 pm, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Honorees include Geoff Kors, the former Executive Director of Equality California who was instrumental in helping to shepherd the 2011 California Fair Education Act that compels California public schools to include the contributions of persons with disabilities and LGBT people in educational textbooks and social studies curricula. Additionally, Wells Fargo, represented by Jonathan Weedman, Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Foundation and Wells Fargo & Company, is being honored for its vital and on-going support of LGBT issues in California and beyond. Receiving the “Emerging Young Voice” award is 17-year-old Michigan high school student Katy Butler, who led a grass-roots campaign to change the rating of the documentary film “Bully” to from R-rated to PG-13-rated so more high school students, those most likely to benefit from its message, would be able to view it.

Adding an extremely poignant element to the benefit is special guest speaker James Clementi, whose 18-year-old brother Tyler, a college freshman at Rutgers University, was a victim of cyber bullying and committed suicide in 2010.

Co-Chairing the “Voice Awards” are GMCLA Chair John Duran and LGBT Rights Activist Diane Abbitt. Hosting the first-time GMCLA gala fundraiser is Miss Coco Peru, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a heavenly hoot…wry and uncensored” and by the LA Weekly as a “diva/icon/trannie/comedian.” The evening of inspiration and entertainment, which features a cocktail reception and three-course dinner capped by a dessert “after party” featuring noted DJ Colin Kim, also includes a special performance by select members the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, led by Artistic Director E. Jason Armstrong.

The Voice Award Gold Sponsors are Wells Fargo, State Farm, Hollywood Forever, The Advocate, BPJ Foundation, and Geoff Kors and James Williamson. Silver Sponsors include Zen Healing, Mansour, Combined Properties, First Investors, HOB, IAC, Mani Brothers, Cyclogram, Athens Services,, and Adam Press.

Among special guests slated to attend are recording artist Melissa Manchester and actors Charlotte Rae,
Loni Anderson, Bruce Vilanch, Sharon Lawrence, Marissa Winokur and Craig Ramsay.

Tickets are $300 and sponsor packages are also available. For tickets and information call (800) MEN-SING (800-636-7464) or visit The Beverly Hilton Hotel is located at 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90210.

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