Opening Night Gala - Return to Miraflores

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Celebrate the accomplishments of Music Academy alumni and teaching artists.

Join us on the stunning Miraflores campus for our first live event of the summer after a season of virtual performances and social distancing.

The all-outdoor event will feature faculty artist pianists Jeremy Denk and Conor Hanick performing together for the first time and the acclaimed Takács Quartet. Alumnus tenor and Metropolitan Opera star Ben Bliss (’12) joins the Festival exclusively for the Gala in collaboration with alumna faculty artist Nino Sanikidze (’01, ’02).

The newest member of the Takács Quartet, alumnus Richard O’Neill (’98, ‘99), will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award that evening. Among his many accolades, Richard won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.


5:30 pm Signature cocktails

6:30 pm Al fresco dinner and performance

The entire event will be held outside under the stars.


All state and county mask and social distancing guidelines will apply. Safety is our number one priority. For more information, please call 805-695-7929

Proceeds benefit the Academy’s full-scholarship program, community access initiatives, and year-round outreach programs.

Ticket pricing (includes concert & dinner)

  • Customized and Elevated Tables up to Ten: $25,000
    Includes best premier seating, parking priority, and artist sponsorship opportunities
  • Sponsored Tables up to Ten: $10,000
    Premier reserved table seating and parking priority
  • Sponsored Tables up to Eight: $7,500
    Premier reserved table seating and parking priority
  • Sponsored Tables up to Six: $4,000
    Standard seating and complimentary parking
    Six tables available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Sponsored Tables up to Two: $1,000
    Standard seating and complimentary parking
    Six available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Premier Individual tickets: $1,000
    Premier reserved seating and priority parking
  • General Tickets: $525
    Standard seating, location not guaranteed
    A limited number of single tickets are available on a first come-first-served basis

For more information, or to purchase by phone, please contact Brooklyn Snyder by email at [email protected] or call 805-695-7929.

If you are unable to attend the gala, but would still like to make a contribution, you may donate online by selecting the Opening Night Gala fund.


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