Audra McDonald at the Fourth Annual Symphony Gala

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will host its fourth annual Symphony Gala on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. The evening will include a performance by Tony Award winner Audra McDonald with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Orchestra’s Talent Development Program — which identifies musically-gifted and motivated African American and Latino instrumentalists and prepares them for acceptance into top music programs in preparation for careers as professional musicians. Proceeds will benefit the Orchestra and its Education and Community programs. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Friday, November 8, 2013.

The 2014 Symphony Gala is chaired by Orchestra board member Ed Labry, Vice Chairman of First Data Corporation. The patron chair is longtime ASO supporter and volunteer Annie-York Trujillo. Ingrid Saunders Jones — former Coca-Cola Company Senior Vice President of Global Community Connections and former Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation — has been named Honorary Chair of the event.

Patron guests will begin their evening at 6:00 p.m. with a pre-concert cocktail reception in the Stent Atrium at the High Museum of Art.

At 7:30 p.m., Ms. McDonald — a versatile performer known most recently for her role as Dr. Naomi Bennett on the ABC television drama “Private Practice” — will perform popular Broadway selections and classical favorites with members of the Orchestra in Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Following the concert, patron guests will enjoy a seated dinner in the Taylor Lobby of the High Museum of Art. Throughout the evening, patrons will have the opportunity to bid on luxury items at a silent auction.

After dinner, the lounge-style after party in the Stent Atrium will also feature cocktails, coffee, desserts, and live entertainment.

The evening’s attire is black tie.

Proceeds from the 2014 Symphony Gala will benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its Education and Community Programs, which include programs such as the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and Talent Development Program, as well as support partnerships with local community institutions and create a wide variety of musical and educational experiences for citizens of all ages. 

Additional details about the Symphony Gala and the ticket packages — starting at $1,000 — are available at www.aso.org/gala. Single concert tickets, starting at $37.50, will be available on Friday, November 8, 2013, at atlantasymphony.org or by calling 404.733.5000. Tickets may also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, and the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office, located in the Woodruff Arts Center at 15th and Peachtree Streets.

Tickets Packages & Sponsorships                                                                                         

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Friday, November 8, 2013. Ticket packages are divided into six tiers:

Maestro $50,000 (twenty-four people): Includes an exclusive post-concert champagne toast with Audra McDonald, in addition to the pre-concert cocktail hour, concert, and post-concert dinner with upgraded wine service and live entertainment. Also includes collateral advertising recognition in event invitation, concert program, on the screens in Symphony Hall, reception stage, and signage at the event.

Concertmaster $25,000 (twelve people): Includes an exclusive post-concert champagne toast with Audra McDonald, in addition to the pre-concert cocktail hour, concert, and post-concert dinner and live entertainment. Also includes collateral advertising recognition in event invitation, concert program, on the screens in Symphony Hall, reception stage, and signage at the event.

Principal Chair $15,000 (ten people): Includes an exclusive post-concert champagne toast with Audra McDonald, in addition to the pre-concert cocktail hour, concert, and post-concert dinner and live entertainment. Also includes recognition in event invitation, concert program, reception stage, and signage at the event.

Artist $10,000 (ten people): Includes an exclusive post-concert champagne toast with Audra McDonald, in addition to the pre-concert cocktail hour, concert, and post-concert dinner and live entertainment. Also includes recognition in event invitation, concert program, and signage at the event.

Patron $5,000 (four people): Includes an exclusive post-concert champagne toast with Audra McDonald, in addition to the pre-concert cocktail hour, concert, and post-concert dinner and live entertainment. Also includes recognition in event invitation and concert program.

Host $2,500 (two people): Includes the pre-concert cocktail hour, concert, and post-concert dinner and live entertainment. Also includes recognition in event invitation and concert program.

Connoisseur – $1,000 (two people): Includes the pre-concert cocktail hour, concert, and post-concert dinner and entertainment.

For information about Symphony Gala packages and sponsorships, please contact Dave Adan at 404.733.5069.

Single Concert Tickets

Single Concert Ticket – $37.50+ – Audra McDonald with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert ticket

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Friday, November 8, 2013. Single concert tickets, starting at $37.50, can be purchased through the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404.733.5000.

About Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress. With a record-tying five Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and a long list of other accolades to her name, she is among today’s most highly regarded performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling, the Juilliard graduate is as much at home on Broadway and opera stages as she is on film and television. In addition to her theatrical work, she maintains a high profile career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world and with leading international orchestras. An ardent proponent of marriage equality, McDonald sits on the advisory board of the advocacy organization Broadway Impact and has been featured in campaigns for Freedom to Marry, NOH8, and PFLAG NYC. Of all her many roles, her favorites are the ones performed offstage: wife to actor Will Swenson, and mother to Zoe Madeline.

About the Talent Development Program

Established in 1993, the Talent Development Program (TDP) identifies musically-gifted and motivated African American and Latino instrumentalists in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area and prepares them for acceptance into top music programs in preparation for careers as professional musicians. Many students completing the Talent Development Program attend leading conservatories, or college or university music departments, including: Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, among others… (more)

About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), currently in its 69th season, is one of America’s leading orchestras. It performs great music, presents leading artists, educates and engages music lovers. The ASO serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the southeast. It performs more than 200 concerts each year for a combined audience of more than a half million in a full schedule of performances. It also reaches more than 87,000 students and underserved members of the community through its education and community outreach programs (more)

Event Overview

What: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Fourth Annual Symphony Gala
Where: Woodruff Arts Center – Atlanta, GA
When: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Beneficiary: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its Education and Community programs
Event Chair: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra board member Ed Labry, Vice Chairman of First Data Corporation
Patron Chair: Annie-York Trujillo, longtime ASO supporter and volunteer
Honorary Chair: Ingrid Saunders Jones, former Coca-Cola Company Senior Vice President of Global Community Connections

www.atlantasymphony.org/gala  |  facebook.com/atlantasymphony  |  @atlantasymphony

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra contacts:
Melissa A.E. Sanders
404.733.4846, melissa.sanders@woodruffcenter.org

Kimberly Nogi
404.733.4105, kimberly.nogi@woodruffcenter.org