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The Gala 2012 a Benefit for The Music Hall

“Dust off your dancing shoes, slip into your cocktail attire, and don’t miss the social event of the fall season!”
– Dominique Jackson, Event Coordinator

The Music Hall is in high gear getting ready for its annual benefit, The Gala, to take place for a second year at PlaneSense at Pease International Tradeport on Saturday September 29 from 7-11pm. Tickets are on sale now. Plans for the evening include transforming an airplane hangar into a nightclub, delicious hors d’oeuvres, great dance tunes, and live and silent auction, the proceeds of which will benefit operating costs of The Music Hall, an American Treasure for the Arts.

Dominique Jackson, event coordinator, is excited to be spreading the word: “Dust off your dancing shoes, slip into your cocktail attire, and don’t miss the social event of the fall season! Once again, George Antoniadis and PlaneSense, Inc. have graciously offered to host this important fundraiser in their fabulous airplane hangar.  Pristine white and housing over 30 Pilatus PC-12 aircrafts, the hangar is a location like no other – transformed for one evening into an elegant, industrial-chic environment, with particular assistance from Port Lighting Systems. While sampling hors d’oeuvres from the White Apron, guests can join in raising a glass for our special Musical Toast by Boston-based Austrian cabaret star, Ute Gfrerer. Our DJ Mike Marchand will be starting the evening off with some soulful, sophisticated, exotic, world influenced grooves. He’ll then be moving the vibe into 70s and 80s dance tunes to finish the night off. It’s going to be a great party you won’t want to miss!”

Auctions – silent and live – will entice guests to benefit the organization:  the Silent Auction will take place throughout the evening with fabulous items donated by local businesses such as an autographed painting of Soul icon Al Green by Arthur K. Miller and a Charter Fishing Tour with Clandestino Fishing Charters. The Live Auction includes a trip for two to New Orleans for five days and four nights (flight included). In addition to staying at the lovely JW Marriott and a dinner at New Orleans landmark, the Commander’s Palace, the lucky winner will also get to enjoy a dinner jazz cruise with a lavish Creole buffet and take part in a three-hour class at the New Orleans School of Cooking to learn the basics of food, folklore and Louisiana cooking.

Music Hall Board member Philip Marcus attended last year’s event and is anticipating this event, “I am really looking forward to the 2012 Gala.  Anything inside that space at PlaneSense would feel like a special event.  Add good music, dancing, fine food, lots of fun people wearing cool clothes, great auction items and an opportunity to support The Music Hall, and it becomes a fantastic event.  Wouldn’t miss it.  See you there!

Musical Toast by Ute Gfrerer

Boston-based Cabaret singer Ute Gfrerer focuses on the American Songbook. Not your typical cabaret singer, she has a mellifluous singing voice and a way with a song. As a trained actress, this Austrian-born chanteuse is a genuine shape shifter, with a vast repertoire.  She’s performed solo concerts, musical theater, opera, and operetta in places as varied as Guatemala, Japan, Ukraine, Poland and Mexico. She will immerse Gala guests in the classy sexy world of cabaret.

Dancing to DJ Mike Marchand

Through his experiences producing, recording, filming, mixing, editing, and projecting in a live setting, Marchand has cultivated sets of musical flavors, imagery and ambiance to create a style all his own. Marchand has been immersed in the New England audio and video scene for more than 15 years.  Locally he’s been a part of and performed in such spaces as The Music Hall, The Muddy River Smokehouse, The Red Door, The Press Room and such special events as New Hampshire Film Festival’s opening night gala and The Wire’s RPM Challenge. Looking ahead to this Gala, Marchand says, “We’ll have an evening of solid grooves, great conversation, and rare unadulterated FUN…”

Tickets for the Gala

Saturday September 29, 2012 are $75 individual; $130 couple; $1,500 VIP Deck (includes 10 tickets, reserved seating, and concierge service). Tickets can be purchased at The Music Hall box office in the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, over the phone at 603-436-2400, or online.

Event Sponsors

PlaneSense, Inc.
Port Lighting Systems
The White Apron

Season Sponsor

River House Restaurant

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