Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation’s Inaugural Gala

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From STAFF REPORTS

11:41 am | October 10, 2017


On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation held its Inaugural Gala, which featured NBC’s The Voice finalist and The Phantom of the Opera Star Chris Mann.

The VIP Red Carpet Club featured an appetizer buffet and grill, artist meet-and-greet, live music, and a premier silent auction including rare RIAA-certified platinum and gold albums from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and other iconoclastic artists. CEO Amanda Ma of Innovate Marketing, a Pasadena-based special events agency, designed the immersive experience.

VIP guests also witnessed a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Congresswoman Judy Chu. As VIP guests and ticket holders took their seats in the Arcadia Performing Arts Center’s modern venue, the high school’s 40-member Pep Band treated them to a lively performance.

Chairperson Jim Romo was presented several Proclamations acknowledging the foundation’s commitment to arts education in the Arcadia Unified School District.

Awards presenters included Congresswoman Judy Chu, Adam Hsu from Assemblyman Ed Chau’s office; Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; Mayor Pro Tem Sho Tay, City of Arcadia; President Fenton Eng, Arcadia Unified School District Board of Education; and Superintendent David Vannasdall, Arcadia Unified School District.

Headline performer Chris Mann took to the stage to move the audience with songs from his upcoming album—one featuring the modern dance moves of dance group Orchesis; as well as award-winning American songbook favorites, a duet with global talent Maki Hsieh; and a R&B “mashup” of the late Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” with artist Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Mann’s encore performance took guests by surprise as the high school’s Chanteurs and Orchestra 3’s strings octet joined him on stage for a beautiful rendition of “Hallelujah.”