Like many arts organizations, Long Beach Camerata Singers has an annual Opening Night Gala. This year our event will take place on Thursday, October 5, 2017, just a couple of days before our first concert of the season, The Camerata Peace Project. Our event will be held at The Modern, Long Beach’s newest and coolest event space. The Gala will raise much-needed funds for our 2017-2018 season, but it also offers an opportunity for us to award our Beverly O’Neill Arts and Leadership Award.
So, what is the Beverly O’Neill Arts and Leadership Award, and why is it important in our community? Beverly O’Neill, now in retirement, had a long and distinguished career in Long Beach, first at Long Beach City College and later as Mayor of the City Long Beach. A little known fact about this greatly beloved figure, is that she began her career as a music instructor at LBCC and spent many years as a choir director. As the first recipient of our award in 2015, also our 50th Anniversary celebration, Mayor O’Neill agreed to lend her name to future awards as a show of solidarity for her love of the arts and choral music.
Our 2016 award recipient was another very popular figure in Long Beach, Steve Goodling, President and CEO of the Long Beach Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Among many other accomplishments, Steve transformed the Center Theater in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center into the Beverly O’Neill Theater and made it available to multiple performing arts group, including Long Beach Camerata Singers.
This year we will honor the Port of Long Beach and the Harbor Commissioners for their long-standing support of the arts in Long Beach. The Port has donated millions of dollars to the arts in our city over the years and the Commissioners as well as much of the staff have provided tireless support for many organizations, serving on boards and attending performances. Long Beach Camerata Singers has benefited greatly from their generosity.
We will gather, on October 5, with hope and gratitude for the state of the arts in Long Beach! If you would like to join us, please use this link for more information: http://longbeachcameratasingers.org/lbcs/opening-night-gala-camerata-peace-project/