Guests at Gala Bel Canto Pay Homage to Retiring Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, Raise Record-Breaking $320,000

David Tomlinson and Anne Tomlinson, Bel Canto Award Recipient, left and Grant Gershon, Bel Canto Award PresenterAtziri Fernandez and Areli Fernandez, back row, Matthias Besch and Stephanie Endara, all from the Concert ChoirJoe and Jennifer Sliskovich, Bel Canto Gala Co-ChairsAnne Tomlinson, Bel Canto Award Recipient, left, Susan Graham with Sydney and Finn Brakeley, from the Intermediate ChoirCheryl R. Scheidemantle, Los Angeles Childrens Chorus Board of Directors, left, and Susan GrahamTom Wheatley, LACC Interim Ex. Dr. left, and Cheryl Scheidemantle, Los Angeles Childrens Chorus Board of DirectorsHelen and Mark Spitzer, Los Angeles Childrens Chorus Board of DirectorsJanet Kwuon, left, Kishwar Jaffer, and Rashmi HauptJennifer and Joe Sliskovich, LACC Co-Chairs, left, with Edward J. Nowak, President of Los Angeles Childrens Chorus Board of DirectorsJulian Bertet, left, Charles Connon both from Young Mens Choir AssembleTwyla Meyer, the Principal Pianist for the LACCThe Chamber singers wait for their performance.The Chamber singers perform during Gala Bel Canto.Joe and Jennifer Sliskovich Gala Bel Canto Co-Chairs, talk with guests.Guests at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel for Gala Bel Canto

Photography by JAMES CARBONE

12:48 pm | April 12, 2018

Guests at Wednesday night’s Gala Bel Canto benefiting the Pasadena-based Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) heard the “voices of angels” as some young 200 singers from five LACC ensembles performed musical tributes, and later paid homage to Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, currently serving her final year with LACC after leading the organization with distinction for 22 years.

Over 280 attended the affair at Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.  The event raised a record-breaking $320,000.

John Horn, host of KPCC’s “The Frame,” was Master of Ceremonies and Los Angeles Master Chorale Artistic Director Grant Gershon presented LACC’s “Bel Canto Award” to Tomlinson.

Tomlinson oversees the educational and artistic development of the Chorus and leads LACC’s renowned Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Additionally, she is Children’s Chorus Mistress for LA Opera. Tomlinson has worked with celebrated conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Plácido Domingo, James Conlon and Gershon and prepared the Chorus for performances with LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale, among other leading organizations.

Her film work includes the 2002 Academy Award®-nominated documentary Sing!, which chronicles a year in the life of LACC, and the sequel documentaries Sing Opera! and Sing China!

Tomlinson is stepping down from Los Angeles Children’s Chorus at the conclusion of the 201718 season, after 22 years of leading the organization to unprecedented growth and artistic excellence.

Jennifer and Joe Sliskovich (Los Angeles) are co-chaired Gala Bel Canto. The gala committee members included Rashmi Bansal (Pasadena), Elizabeth Grossman Besch (La Cañada Flintridge), Andrea Bland (Pasadena), Darbin Chan (San Gabriel), Elise Gilbert (La Cañada Flintridge), Hilary Kingston (Pasadena), Jena Liddy (Pasadena), Corina Madilian (Glendale), Cheryl R. Scheidemantle, Ph.D. (Pasadena), Helen Kim Spitzer (San Marino) and Andrea Greene Willard (San Marino).

LACC serves more than 400 children ages 6 to 18 from 50 communities across Los Angeles. In demand for its artistic excellence, LACC performs with such leading organizations as LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and POPS, Calder Quartet and Jacaranda. LACC, recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, shares its artistry around the globe, touring to North and South America, Africa, China, Cuba, Australia, Japan and Europe. The chorus is also the subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, has performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” and was featured on PBS’s “Great Performances,” BBC Radio and Public Radio International, among other credits.

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