Art With Heart

A pair of fundraisers championed the next generation of artists, beginning with HGO’s 31st annual Concert of Arias competition. A Champagne reception preceded the show, which highlighted eight of the most promising young singers. More than 500 guests attended the sold-out post-concert dinner in the Wortham’s Grand Foyer. And the 13th annual Encore lunch, hosted by HSPVA Friends, celebrated the school’s new Downtown campus and raised a whopping $250,000 for its programs and students.

Jacqueline and Michael Kenneally and Cynthia and Tony Petrello at ‘Arias.’
Jacqueline and Michael Kenneally and Cynthia and Tony Petrello at ‘Arias.’

‘Culture of Service and Accountability’ Supports Mission of Orion EMS

Gerard O’Brien, President/CEO & Founder, and Sumi Patel, Vice President

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David Adickes and Bun B

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Tay Butler’s Lawndale installation, spring 2023

DESPITE ITS PAIN and pitfalls, there’s no denying that the pandemic inspired artists like never before. This season, one of the most ambitious public-art projects to emerge from the Covid years comes to a close.

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