EVENT HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
Silent auction of priceless and one-of-a-kind items
Gourmet three-course dinner
The Master Chorale’s traditional and immersive “Surround Sing” performance that you can only experience at our gala
Exciting live auction of exquisite items and adventures hosted by celebrity auctioneer Fritz Coleman
Live dance band
GALA 2020 HONORARY COMMITTEE
Jeff and Joan Beal
Dr. Robert A. Cutietta and Ms. Mist Thorkelsdottir
James Newton Howard
Anne Akiko Meyers
Luciana Souza and Larry Klein
Eric Whitacre and Laurence Servaes
Jazz pianist and composer Billy Childs remains one of the most diversely prolific and acclaimed artists in music today. Childs’s canon of original compositions and arrangements has garnered him the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), a composers award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2015), a Chamber Music America composers grant (2006), 16 Grammy nominations, and five Grammy awards.
As a pianist Childs has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Renée Fleming, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chick Corea, the Kronos Quartet, and Wynton Marsalis, among others.
Mr. Childs is a sought-after composer and arranger. He has written two previous choral commissions for the Los Angeles Master Chorale (The Voices of Angels, 2005, and In Gratitude, 2017) and is working on his third, to be debuted in our 2021–22 season.
THE BLUE RIBBON
Founded in 1968 by legendary philanthropist Dorothy Buffum Chandler, The Blue Ribbon is the premier support organization for The Music Center and its resident companies. Over the last 52 years, the women of The Blue Ribbon have raised over $77 million to help support and sustain our city’s preeminent performing arts organizations, including the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Born in an era when women leaders were unexpected, The Blue Ribbon created a new model of fundraising, cultivating private donations to create public spaces for the enjoyment of the arts.
Valuing the positive role the arts can have on young minds, The Blue Ribbon’s annual Children’s Festival is celebrating 50 years, having brought over 890,000 fifth graders to experience the beauty and joy of live performance at a world-class venue.
ANNE AKIKO MEYERS
Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today’s most internationally renowned and respected classical musicians. Known for her passionate performances, purity of sound, and innovative programming, Meyers has expanded the modern violin repertoire with significant new commissions and has made 37 recordings.
Highlights in 2020 include the world premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Estonian Lullaby
for violin and piano, a work arranged for and dedicated to Meyers, and the premiere of Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s first violin concerto Fandango
with Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl in July 2020.
Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance
for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category.
Reeves has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first vocalist to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Reeves’ most recent release Beautiful Life
, features Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway and Esperanza Spalding. Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, Beautiful Life
won the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.
Reeves is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music and the Juilliard School. In 2018 the National Endowment for the Arts designated Reeves a Jazz Master – the highest honor the United States bestows on jazz artists.
EXCITING NEW VENUE
GALA 2020 continues the Master Chorale’s tradition of hosting gala events in surprising venues off Grand Avenue. Evoking the glittering glamour of old Hollywood, the Master Chorale will transform the Hollywood Palladium to its glory days as an elegant supper club.
Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler funded the construction of the Hollywood Palladium in 1940. The ballroom opened in October of that year with Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra and a vocalist named Frank Sinatra. In 1961, it became the home of the Lawrence Welk Show. Singing and the Palladium have been great partners ever since.
PLATINUM PATRON TABLE
Kiki Ramos Gindler and
Terri and Jerry Kohl
GOLD PATRON TABLE
Abbott Brown and
Jerrie Paula Ortega-Brown
Philip A. Swan
Cheryl Petersen and
Jennifer and Evan Rosenfeld
The Milken Family Foundation
James R. Mulally
GALA PATRON TABLE
Judi and Bryant Danner
Kathleen and James Drummy
Dr. Annette L. Ermshar and
Mr. Dan Monahan
Denise and Robert Hanisee
Leeba R. Lessin
Jane and Edward J. McAniff
Emory Ron Myrick
Sonia Messer Randazzo