"Expect an elegant evening and lots of fun,” said Moya Vazquez, gala committee co-chair and Seattle Opera board member. “Most importantly, the festivities will support programs that create more equitable and accessible arts opportunities for everyone in our community.”
Seattle Opera continues to increase access to the arts by providing admission-free and subsidized programs throughout Washington State, sharing the power of music, theater, and storytelling. Over the past five years, the number of people Seattle Opera has served through its engagement programs has increased threefold. Funding from the gala will help the company continue on this path.
|Seattle Opera's 2016 Frost Fest (offered admission-free for youth). Photo by Philip Newton|
Last season, with the help of incredible donors, the company served 74,689 students, adults and seniors with educational arts programming, up from 63,116 Washingtonians in the 2013/14 season. Just one of many examples includes “Artful Aging” programs designed for retirement and community centers, as well as residencies in schools where children can create their own operas. Last year, Seattle Opera served 15,352 students. More than a third of these students attend federally identified low-income schools. Due to generous donations and events like the Gala featuring Greer Grimsley, the company is able to provide performances, residencies, and other fun offerings to these underserved schools free of charge.
|Seattle Opera offers admission-free and subsidized programs for people of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. |
Photo by Philip Newton
Attendees will enjoy live music by the Dudley Manlove Quartet, in addition to Greer Grimsley and other special guests. Richard Hartlage of Land Morphology will create stunning towers of greenery, which will complement floral décor by Loves Me Flowers. A delicious feast provided by Kaspars Special Events & Catering will include a salad course, with three entrée options, and a warm banana cake with chocolate truffle and caramel sauce for dessert. Wine is generously donated by For a Song.
|Seattle Opera prepares to perform Our Earth with a student chorus at Blackwell Elementary. Photo by Brandon Patoc|
"For many of my students and their families, money and food alone are tight, let alone opportunities to experience the arts with true artists. Seattle Opera's performance at our school presented these students with a world they had never known before. The brains and hearts of nearly 600 students were opened. Since then, we've been listening to a variety of literature and learning about the composers because the kids wanted more opera. This is huge." - Carri Rose, teacher