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Gala

6:30pm

PERFORMANCE BY

Joshua Bell and

Academy of St Martin

in the Fields

8:30pm

Dinner in

The Soraya Courtyard

Cocktail Attire: Dress for Dinner Outside

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Performance Program

Gala attendees will be seated for the Academy of St Martin in the Fields concert accordingly: Members and Founders who are attending the gala will be seated first, with every effort made to seat them in their regular reserved locations. Where there is overlap, The Soraya staff will resolve those instances at its discretion. Simultaneously, gala sponsors will then be seated in remaining available premiere and orchestra seats. All other gala attendees will be seated from front to back in the Orchestra section.  Special seating requests (e.g., aisle seats, box seats, Parterre seats) will be fulfilled in the order made, as availability allows.

Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868) Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville): Overture

Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868) Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville): “Largo al Factotum,” Edward Parks, baritone

Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847) Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

      I. Allegro molto appassionato

      II. Andante

      III. Allegro non troppo – Allegro molto vivace

       Joshua Bell, violin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Overture

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921) Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28

HONORING PILLARS OF THE SORAYA’S HISTORY

Honoring

Dr. Jolene Koester

Dr. Jolene Koester, CSUN President Emerita and Chancellor Emerita of the California State Universities, is the individual foremost responsible for The Soraya’s existence. Dr. Koester has served the CSU for nearly five decades and is among the most respected leaders in California higher education.

Honoring

Joshua Bell

Violinist Joshua Bell is one of the most esteemed musical artists of our era, and has performed with every major orchestra on six continents. The April 4th Gala will mark Bell’s 9th appearance at The Soraya, making him one of its most beloved performers.

GALA CHAIRS MILT AND DEBBIE VALERA

Gala Chairs Milt and Debbie Valera are passionate supporters of CSUN and education. They are members of the President’s Associates and the Heritage Society and major supporters of the journalism program, the library, The Soraya, athletics and numerous other campus programs. They are also sponsors of several University scholarships and endowments, including their endowment supporting K-12 Arts Education at The Soraya. In 2022, Milt and Debbie Valera made a transformative gift to CSUN and The Soraya naming University Hall (now Valera Hall) and The Milt and Debbie Valera Lobby at The Soraya. Milt and Debbie now honor their long-time friend Jolene Koester and Soraya regular Joshua Bell through The Soraya’s 2024 Gala.

 

Honor Dr. Jolene Koester and Joshua Bell following the performance at a presentation and dinner.

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Cameron O’Hanlon | cameron.ohanlon@csun.edu | (818) 677 – 8819

Sponsorship Opportunities

Limited Availability. Act Now

Ten (10) Premium Tickets to the Academy of St Martin in the Fields performance with Joshua Bell

One (1) Lead Sponsor Table (10 seats) at the Gala Dinner following the performance joined by Joshua Bell for dinner

Recognition in all Gala materials and from stage during the Performance and during the Dinner as the Sponsor of the performance of Joshua Bell and Academy St Martin in the Fields

Ten (10) Premium Tickets to the Academy of St Martin in the Fields performance with Joshua Bell

One (1) Premium Table (10 seats) at the Gala Dinner following the performance joined by Joshua Bell for dinner

Take a photo with students at intermission

Recognition in all Gala materials and from stage during the Performance and during the Dinner as the Sponsor of Student Concert Tickets

2-page Advertisement or tribute on inside front cover of program book

Option to purchase Gala table at Various Levels

  • Director’s table underwriter

  • President’s table underwriter

 

Please inquire for more information about sponsorship levels and opportunities, including options to support students and educators joining the festivities.

Cameron O’Hanlon | cameron.ohanlon@csun.edu | (818) 677 – 8819

The Dr. Jolene Koester K-12 Arts Education Endowment Fund

For the last decade The Soraya’s international artists and multi-disciplinary programs have been provided free to the tens-of-thousands underserved students in the San Fernando Valley, guided by these core principles: the performing arts are an essential part of the core curriculum for students of all ages; a critical piece in the development of compassionate and informed citizens; and a powerful tool in building bridges between the communities and cultures of our vibrant and diverse region. The time has come for Arts Education to be made sustainable through a major endowment. Through $2-3 million in support to The Soraya, the new Dr. Jolene Koester Arts Education Endowment Fund will support The Soraya’s K-12 Arts Education programs in perpetuity, securing the future of Arts Education at The Soraya.

To make a major gift in support of the new Dr. Jolene Koester Arts Education Endowment please contact Cameron O’Hanlon at cameron.ohanlon@csun.edu.

 

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Academy of St Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell, Music Director and violin

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell, Music Director and violin

Thu Apr 4 | 6:30 PM

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