LA Phil Gala 2016
Megan Hilty, Brian Stokes Mitchell, George Li and Gustavo Dudamel Celebrate Gershwin at the LA Phil Gala
Standing under a gala tent set up next to Walt Disney Concert Hall on Grand Avenue, fresh from conducting a program of “Gershwin and the Jazz Age,” Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel again confirmed that the Sept. 27 L.A. Phil opening night gala was his eighth.
“[The gala] is always very special, but [as I’m] getting older, it feels even more special,” said 35-year-old Dudamel, who joked earlier in the night that his dark curly locks now show touches of white since he joined the L.A. Phil.
The black-tie soiree attracted a slew of celebrities and community leaders, including Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”), Amanda Peet (“Togetherness”), Alex Meneses (“Telenovela”), Matthew Lillard (“Scooby-Doo”), William Shatner (“Star Trek”), Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), John C. Reilly (“Wreck-It Ralph”), Don Johnson (“Miami Vice”) and Kiarran Giovanni (“Major Crimes”).
More were Broadway veteran Carly Hughes, jazz great Herbie Hancock, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, architect Frank Gehry, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, composer Eric Whitacre, L.A. Phil president and CEO Deborah Borda, Edythe and Eli Broad, Jane and Michael Eisner, Eva and Marc Stern, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin and many more.
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Top photo: Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell sing a Gershwin duet at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s season-opening concert and gala (photo/ Mathew Imaging)
Second photo: Gustavo Dudamel with pianist George Li at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s season-opening concert and gala (photo/ Mathew Imaging)
Third photo: Larry David of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” with LA Phil president and CEO Deborah Borda at the LA Phil Gala 2016 (photo/ Mathew Imaging)
Fourth photo: Gustavo Dudamel with girlfriend Maria Valverde, left, and actress/singer Solea Pfeiffer at the LA Phil Gala 2016 (photo/ Mathew Imaging)
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Published Oct 1, 2016 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA