SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Expanding a tradition of extraordinary generosity and major contributions to the cultural life of Los Angeles, the Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation announced today a $350,000 unrestricted gift to strengthen the recital series at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. This gift is in addition to the initial gift of $500,000 in February 2011.
Under Director Dale Franzen, The Broad Stage, an intimate 499-seat state-of-the-art theater and currently in its fifth season, has presented an impressive roster of renowned classical artists and world-class opera singers with the underwriting support from the Foundation. Metropolitan Opera stars Juan Diego Flórez, Karita Mattila, Piotr Beczala, Joyce DiDonato and instrumentalists such as Joshua Bell, Richard Goode, Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg and Lynn Harrell.
Sunday, March 17th at 6:00PM, The Broad Stage will feature the superstar soprano Angela Gheorghiu in her west coast recital debut.
Dale Franzen says, "We are especially pleased with the continued support of Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation. I have been honored to develop a unique relationship with Jamie Rigler who like myself, a former opera singer believes that the solo recital platform is the purest form of musical excellence that is perfect for intimacy of The Broad Stage."
"We are so delighted to have Ms. Gheorghiu grace our stage. The ultimate music experience for me is the purity of two instruments and/or voice moving together. It reminds us of what we as humans can accomplish," says Franzen.
"Los Angeles has always been the city of the future and the extraordinary Broad Stage confirms our belief that classic arts is thriving and alive in Santa Monica," said President of the Foundation and Executive Producer of Classic Arts Showcase Mr. Jamie Rigler. "We believe the intimacy, acoustics and beauty of The Broad makes it the ideal theater to experience these top tier international artists usually found at The Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, Carnegie Hall, and the world's other great concert halls.
In addition to underwriting many performing arts organizations, The Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation is the creator of Classic Arts Showcase. Launched in 1994, Classic Arts Showcase is a free cable television and online program designed to bring the classic arts experience to the largest audience possible by providing video clips of the performing arts available worldwide.
Tickets for Angela Gheorghiu are on sale now at www.TheBroadStage.com or 310.434.3200. Tickets range from $100 - $250. Parking is FREE.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage and The Edye Second Space are located at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310, 11th Street in Santa Monica.
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SOURCE The Broad Stage