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Peter Hemmings Award Dinner

April 6, 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The California Club

538 S Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Cocktail Reception: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Program Award Presentation and Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Dinner: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Honoring: Bernard A. Greenberg

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In honor of Bernard A. Greenberg, net proceeds will support LA Opera's three-week Opera Camp. This unique program offers youth ages 9-17 the opportunity to work with professionals to learn the basics of opera music and production, which culminates in their own opera performance.

Honoree

Bernard Greenberg

Bernie Greenberg is a longtime member of the LA Opera board and is also an emeritus member of the Los Angeles Music Center board. Mr. Greenberg and several of his law school classmates, together with a few interested others, founded the Los Angeles Civic Grand Opera with its initial performances at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. The company moved to the Music Center as the resident opera company shortly after the completion of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the mid-1960s. After hiring Peter Hemmings as its general director in the mid-1980s, the company began creating its own productions. Mr. Greenberg has continued on the board throughout the company's history and has served as president, as chairman and now as a vice-chairman. Bernie lives in Beverly Hills with his wife Lenore who is a member of the board of the L.A. Philharmonic, a member of the Blue Ribbon, and has served as president of the Museum of Contemporary Art, where she continues as a board member. The Greenbergs have three grown daughters and five grandchildren, and Bernie continues to practice law in Beverly Hills, specializing in the area of estates and trusts.

The Peter Hemmings Award was established in 2004 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of opera in the greater Los Angeles area. Peter Hemmings was the first general director of LA Opera, from 1984 to his retirement in 2000. Due to his hard work, skill and deciation, LA Opera has achieved national stature with a foundation for future growth.

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