A Gala evening under the stars, and Concert

Saturday, August 13
Royce Hall in Westwood

5:30pm: Cocktail reception and silent auction in the West Lobby 

7:00pm: A SALUTE TO SONDHEIM with Guest Artist JOHN HOLIDAY 

9:00pm: Dinner & Voice Awards under the stars on the West Terrace 

A lively reception preceded, and an al-fresco dinner under the stars followed a spectacular concert as the Chorus performed Stephen Sondheim’s masterworks from Sweeney Todd, Company, A Little Night Music, West Side Story, Follies, Sunday in the Park with George, and Gypsy! Also on the program was the Los Angeles premiere of Songs of the Phoenix, a major new work led by Grammy and Tony-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (I Am Harvey Milk) with songs from amazing and diverse major artists: Ty Defoe, Alexandra Elle, Siedah Garrett, Joriah Kwamé, Patrick and Daniel Lazour, Melissa Li, Ingrid Michaelson, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, Diana Syrse and Kit Yan. A musical event and gala evening not to be missed!

Your support helps GMCLA provide support and inspiration through the power of our music as we extend our reach into the community with our Alive Program in Los Angeles high schools. Reaching over 75,000 students in Southern California, (AMP) is our in-school choral performances and intensive lessons, music education, anti-bullying and the sharing important and impactful stories from our diverse member-singers.

A musical event and gala evening not to be missed!

A Gala evening under the stars, and Concert

Saturday, August 13
Royce Hall in Westwood

5:30pm: Cocktail reception and silent auction in the West Lobby 

7:00pm: A SALUTE TO SONDHEIM with Guest Artist JOHN HOLIDAY 

9:00pm: Dinner & Voice Awards under the stars on the West Terrace 

A lively reception preceded, and an al-fresco dinner under the stars followed a spectacular concert as the Chorus performed Stephen Sondheim’s masterworks from Sweeney Todd, Company, A Little Night Music, West Side Story, Follies, Sunday in the Park with George, and Gypsy! Also on the program was the Los Angeles premiere of Songs of the Phoenix, a major new work led by Grammy and Tony-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (I Am Harvey Milk) with songs from amazing and diverse major artists: Ty Defoe, Alexandra Elle, Siedah Garrett, Joriah Kwamé, Patrick and Daniel Lazour, Melissa Li, Ingrid Michaelson, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, Diana Syrse and Kit Yan. A musical event and gala evening not to be missed!

Your support helps GMCLA provide support and inspiration through the power of our music as we extend our reach into the community with our Alive Program in Los Angeles high schools. Reaching over 75,000 students in Southern California, (AMP) is our in-school choral performances and intensive lessons, music education, anti-bullying and the sharing important and impactful stories from our diverse member-singers.

GMCLA Online Auction

Our Gala Silent Auction is now LIVE.  Click the link below to bid on an exciting collection of items, all in support of GMCLA’s continued work in the Community.

Special Guest Artist – John Holiday

Countertenor John Holiday has performed at world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall and London’s Barbican Centre. Known for his star turn on The Voice, Holiday has curated The John Holiday Experience to showcase his affinity and talent for many different genres from pop, to jazz, and R&B. Holiday has also released three pop singles — “Alive in Me,” “Waste Mine,” and “Love Finds A Way.” In the 2021-2022 season Holiday made his debut at The Hollywood Bowl under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in an all-Gershwin program with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, followed by his Metropolitan Opera debut in Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice.

Gala Honorees

Humanitarian Voice Award

Rev. Dr. Steve Pieters: Activist, author, community leader, and minister, the Rev. Dr. A. Stephen Pieters has been a member of GMCLA since 1994 and is a long-term survivor of AIDS. His ground-breaking national television interview with Tammy Faye Baker is depicted in the film “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” Pieters has been interviewed by the Los Angeles Sunday Times, Time magazine, Omni magazine, Life magazine, and numerous television talk and news shows including CNN. He has written a series of articles for Journey magazine about his experiences with AIDS, which have been collected with other writings for his book, I’m Still Dancing.

Civic Voice Award

Ron Galperin: As the first openly gay official to be elected to a citywide office in Los Angeles, Ron Galperin has served as City Controller since 2013. He is the taxpayers’ watchdog at City Hall, making sure public dollars are spent efficiently and effectively and he works to create a more transparent, accountable and equitable city for everyone. His reports are improving outreach and housing for people experiencing homelessness; street repairs; arts funding; L.A.’s tree canopy; emergency services; and many other government functions.

Community Voice Award

LA Arts Recovery Fund: In 2021 the LA Arts Recovery Fund granted a total of $36.1 million raised for post-pandemic rebuilding to 90 nonprofit grant recipients, representing small to mid-size cultural organizations—spanning visual arts, theatre, music, dance, literary arts, and arts education—all demonstrating exceptional regional or local significance in LA County. GMCLA is grateful to have received sustaining support from the LA Arts Recovery Fund. GMCLA is a proud recipient of an Arts Recovery Grant that has had a substantial impact on our own, continuing, recovery from the pandemic.

Gala Tables, Tickets, Benefits, and Recognition

Tables

SILVER SPONSOR | $6,000 

  • Gala table, reception and concert seating for 10
  • Recognition in the concert program and website 

GOLD SPONSOR | $10,000

  • Gala table, reception and concert seating for 10
  • Complimentary parking for you and your guests
  • Half-page program ad 
  • Recognition in the concert program and website

PLATINUM SPONSOR | $25,000

  • Gala table, reception and preferred concert seating for 12
  • Complimentary parking for you and your guests
  • Full-page program ad
  • Recognition in the concert program and website

PRESENTING SPONSOR | $50,000

  • Gala table, reception and premium concert seating for 12 
  • Complimentary parking for you and your guests
  • Full-page program ad, prime placement
  • Recognition in the concert program, website and acknowledgement from the concert stage

Individual Tickets

SILVER PATRON | $600

  • Gala dinner, reception and concert seating for one
  • Recognition in the concert program and website

GOLD PATRON | $1,000

  • Gala dinner, reception and preferred concert seating for one
  • Complimentary parking
  • Recognition in the concert program and website

PLATINUM PATRON | $2,500

  • Gala dinner, reception and premium concert seating for one
  • Complimentary parking
  • Recognition in the concert program and website

Royce Hall

“The sound is exceptionally bright, smooth and
well balanced, something of an acoustic miracle.”
-Los Angeles Times

GMCLA returns to live, in-person performances and presents all three concerts at UCLA’s Royce Hall, where it performed in the 1990s prior to the building’s restoration.

The extraordinary history of performing arts presentations at Royce Hall is rooted in the late 1930s, when George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Arnold Schoenberg and Jimmy Dorsey’s Band all performed at this exquisite venue. Since then, the theatre has featured many illustrious artists including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Twyla Tharp and Frank Zappa. Today Royce Hall continues to be a premiere performing arts destination.

Your GMCLA experience at Royce Hall will be safe, comfortable and unforgettable!

General Information

Royce Hall is located on the North Campus of UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

Parking for Royce Hall is available in Parking Structure 5 located at: 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

Guest drop is closest at the turnaround at the front of Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

COVID-19 and Safety Policies: For the safety of all artists, audiences and staff, Royce Hall is currently seating at 50% capacity of the house per event to ensure social distancing. All patrons who attend a performance at Royce Hall will be required to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present proof of vaccination or provide proof of the negative results of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering the venue. Masks are required to be always worn during a performance.

Our Supporters and Partners

GMCLA is grateful for the generous support for our Annual Gala.

PLATINUM SPONSOR:

Richard & Carol Weaver

GOLD SPONSOR:

Amazon  Athens Services • Schmitt-Young Group at Morgan Stanley • Vyas Family Foundation • Eric Wallace & James Goldrick

SILVER SPONSOR:

Joseph Guardarrama and Kaufman Legal Group • Mani Brothers Real Estate Group • Greg Weaver & Haig Youredjian

PLATINUM PATRON:

Michael J. Libow

GOLD PATRON:

Dr. Richard Bardowell • Lee Perlman

SILVER PATRON:

Dr. Jerry Abraham • Fredrick Baumer • Betsey Butler • Kevin Jones & David Maggard • Susan Leary • Rob Lofaro • Alex Morales & David Connors • Steven Neiffer • Greg O’Connor • Terry Takeda • Kimiyo Takeya • Kenneth Stabens & Tim Phillips • Dennis Strum

Our Partners