50th Anniversary Night With The Opera Gala

May 18, 2018  6:00 PM  |  Van Andel Institute

A Night Beneath the Stars

Celebrate 50 years of opera in West Michigan with an elegant evening beneath the stars! Sip your aperitif of choice among the dreamy ambience, then enjoy delectable handpicked selections from the community’s finest restaurants. Sing along to your favorite songs from beloved Billboard chart-topper, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. before the evening’s much-anticipated headliner performance, opera-crossover sensation, Forte Tenors. Cap off the night with dancing, merriment and comfort cuisine.

Proceeds from the event support Opera Grand Rapids’ productions and programs year-round and pay tribute to its vital role in fostering our vibrant arts community. You’ve already made us great. With your support, there’s no limits to the height our voices can reach together!


5:45       Doors open

6:00      Cocktails & Strolling Dinner

7:30      Forte Tenors Performance and Program

8:30      Dancing

Attire  Cocktail

Valet parking available

Tickets $250 BUY TICKETS ONLINE or contact the Opera Grand Rapids Box Office at 616.451.2741.


About Forte Tenors

Forte is a operatic-crossover trio who present an operatic take on today’s most popular songs. The group has performed at prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall and the White House, and has been the featured guest at numerous charity galas. Their eponymous debut album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart. Learn more about Forte Tenors.

About Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.

With over 100 sold out concerts across three continents—from Caesars Palace to the Apollo Theater and all points in between—and a debut album from a Grammy-winning producer that hit the top of the Billboard charts, beloved crooner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. knows how to energize any crowd with favorites ranging from jazzy singalongs to the most memorable dance numbers. Learn more about Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.








BUY TICKETS ONLINE or contact the Opera Grand Rapids Box Office at 616.451.2741.


David & Carol Van Andel, Chairs

Don & Ellen Arlinsky
Franco & Alessandra Bianchi
John* & Marie Canepa
Bob & Julie Connors
Duane & Kaye Davis
David & Judy Frey
Dan & Lou Ann Gaydou
Joan Gillett
J.C. & Tammy Huizenga
Michael & Susan Jandernoa
Dotti Johnson
Mary Ann Keeler
Fred Keller
Birgit Klohs
Michael & Kathy Lloyd
Don & Nancy Lubbers
Don* & Kathy Maine
Mark & Elizabeth Murray
Peter & Carroll Perez
Peter & Joan Secchia
Wendy Stock
Luis Tomatis & Gretchen Minnhaar
Kate Pew Wolters



Jill Craig
Deborah Evett
Kyle Irwin
Win Irwin
Diane St. Claire
Pat Waring


Muriel Burger
Joan Gillett
John F. Gilmore
Marney MacAdam






To learn more about partnership opportunities or to confirm your investment, please contact Angela Freier, Development Director at 616.451.2741, ext. 106 or afreier@operagr.org.