Elegant silver invitations were sent recently inviting guests to the 25th Anniversary of The Los Angeles Children's Chorus (LACC) fund-raising event at the Walt Disney Hall's BP room.
The benefit, themed “Gala Bel Canto” ended up being a lovely gathering of friends dedicated to ensuring the future of this exceptional chorus, which over the past quarter century has performed with virtually every major music organization in the Los Angeles area as well as some known internationally.
Honorees for the evening were three people closely tied to the choir’s success: Alice Columbe, a tireless philanthropist and avid champion of the chorus throughout the years; Esa-Pekka Salonen, the illustrious conductor of The Los Angeles Philharmonic for 17 years; and Anne Tomlinson, who has been the LACC artistic director since 1995.
Opera tenor John Atkins served as master of ceremonies for the music-filled evening. The chorus, under the direction of Tomlinson, was the focal point of the evening’s entertainment, singing three pieces. Most notable was a piece composed by Salonen, “Dona Nobis Pacem,” the U.S. premiere of which the chorus performed just one day before at Disney Hall at a “Tribute to Ernest (Fleischmann).” Coulombe and Tomlinson were also surprised with musical tributes.