The Broad Stage Honors

Richard Kendall and Lisa See

Lisa See photo by Patricia Williams

Featuring a performance by

Legendary Cuban jazz trumpeter

Arturo Sandoval

10-Time Grammy® Award Winner

On Sunday, November 8, 2020, The Broad Stage will honor Richard Kendall and Lisa See for their outstanding 17-year commitment to the theater’s mission to present an eclectic mix of world-class and emerging artists on its stages—especially in Opera and Jazz & Blues music—for the benefit and enjoyment of the Los Angeles and surrounding communities.

Funds raised from this event will benefit Education & Community Programs at The Broad Stage, which provide thousands of local students and families with access to free and/or low-cost tickets to experience live performances at the theater. No Membership benefits will be applied to this gift.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

5:30 PM - Cocktails on Zoom
6 - 7 PM - Celebration & Performances

Featured artists:

Arturo Sandoval

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars, at the Grammy Awards, and the Billboard Awards. Sandoval has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards, and nominated 19 times; he has also received 6 Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award. The latter for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, For Love or Country, which starred Andy Garcia as Arturo.  

Jake Shimabukuro, Ukulele Virtuoso & Composer

With only four strings, Jake Shimabukuro is a humble master whose mission is to connect and inspire people. Whether one on one or in front of an audience of thousands, Jake shares a deep emotional connection with the listener that is open, magical and transcendent. Often referred to as the Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan of his craft, Jake delivers performances around the world with an out-of-the-box blend of stunning virtuosity, deep musicality and a natural entertainer's flair. Jake takes the ukulele to places no one has gone before, performing awe-inspiring music that ranges from jazz, blues, and rock to bluegrass, classical and folk.

Alaysha Fox, Soprano - Member of LA Opera's Young Artist Program

Soprano Alaysha Fox is an emerging artist based in Los Angeles.  This season Ms. Fox begins her second season as a member of LA Opera’s Domingo Colburn Stein young artist program where she will be seen as Dorothee in Joseph Bologne’s The Anonymous Lover. This past summer, Ms. Fox was scheduled to join Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice program. Recently Ms. Fox was seen as Erstes Mädchen in Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen with the LA Philharmonic. Some previous credits include: Camelot with the Lincoln Center Theater, Kathleen Battle’s Underground Railroad recital, First Lady (Die Zauberflӧte), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth, Bloch), Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Penelope(Penelope) and featured artist in Lee Mingwei’s exhibit: Sonic Blossom with MetLiveArts.

Ms. Fox has been honored with several awards including: Grand finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, first place winner of the Joan Taub Ades Vocal competition, semi-finalist in the Elizabeth Connell dramatic soprano competition, and the Lotte Lenya emerging artist award. An alumna of the Chautauqua Opera and Opera Saratoga young artist programs; Ms. Fox holds Bachelor and Master degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.

Nicholas Roehler - Accompanist, Alaysha Fox

Nicholas Roehler, pianist and coach, has performed in Italy, Austria, Germany and throughout the United States in venues such as the San Francisco Opera, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Romanischer Saal in Salzburg, Casa Verdi in Milan and the Steinway-Haus in Munich. Most recently, Nicholas joined the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at LA Opera where he is currently serving on music staff for Joseph Bologne’s L’Amant Anonyme. Recital highlights include the San Francisco Opera Center’s 2020 Schwabacher Debut Recital Series as well as “Meet Joe Green” at the Berkshire Opera Festival. He served as pianist and coach for the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s If I Were You with Merola Opera Program, The Marriage of Figaro with Opera in the Ozarks and University of Michigan Opera, Candide with University of Michigan, Rigoletto with Berkshire Opera Festival and Il tabarro with Bronx Opera. He also served as guest coach for the resident artists at Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit.  Nicholas obtained a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and piano performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and both a Master of Music and a Specialist in Music in vocal coaching and collaborative piano from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Martin Katz. He is also an alumnus of the Merola Opera Program, the CoOPERAtive Program and SongFest.

Anthony Ciaramitaro, Tenor - Member of LA Opera's Young Artist Program

Floridian tenor Anthony Ciaramitaro is drawing attention for his Italianate sound and compelling stage presence. Mr. Ciaramitaro competed as a national semi-finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in 2019, and finished his second summer as an apprentice with Santa Fe Opera, where he premiered the role of Toke in Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child. Mr. Ciaramitaro is currently a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist at LA Opera, a former Bailey Apprentice Artist at Palm Beach Opera and a former Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist with Arizona Opera where he appeared as Spoletta in Tosca, The Governor and Vanderdendur in Candide and Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia.  Mr. Ciaramitaro performed the role of Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola as a member of the prestigious Merola Opera Program in 2017, and spent previous seasons as a Studio Artist with Chautauqua Opera and Wolf Trap Opera.

Thank you to all of the following current underwriters and patrons ($1,000+), as of March 16, 2020:

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
Herbert & Elaine Kendall Charitable Foundation
Barbara Herman
Kendall Brill & Kelly LLP
Eva and Marc Stern
Marilyn Ziering
Laurie and Bill Benenson
Jennifer Diener
Richard Kendall and Lisa See
Laura and Jim Maslon
Susan Stockel
Brad and Claire Brian
GRoW @ Annenberg
Joan Velazquez and Joel Kozberg/Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

Susan and Howard Aminoff
Diana and Dan Attias
Melissa Barkan and Robert Lawson
Judy and Tom Beckmen
Virginia and Austin Beutner
Betsy Borns and Jonathan Shapiro
Teresa Chandler/Bank of the West
Susan and Jeffrey Davidson
Karen Duvall and Gerald Berke
Anita Dymant and Richard Drooyan
Deborah Feinerman
Pattie and Charlie Firestone
Adrienne Forst
Goldman Sachs/Lindsay Wilcox & Bradley Haas
Norma Harris and Frank Packard
Salli Harris/Harris Family Foundation
Amy Hogue and Scott Zimmermann
Elizabeth and Alexander Kendall
DeDe and Moses Lebovits
Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation
Richard and Suzanne Marmaro
Nancy and Patrick McCabe
Jim Mulally
Judy Neveau
Glenn and Carol Pomerantz
Rebecca Prentice
Elizabeth Puro
Anne and Robert Sacks
Amelia and Ralph Saltsman
Jack and Ellen Saxe
Barbara and Heinrich Schelbert
Paula Mae & Steve Schwartz
Marc M. Seltzer
Elizabeth M. Short MD and Michael A. Friedman MD
Eric Stockel and Ruth Waddell
Kenneth Turan and Patricia Williams
Alison Whalen and Steve Marenberg
James and Lindsay Wilcox
A special thanks to The Rooster/Capo Restaurant and Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster for their generosity.

Event Honorary Co-Chairs

Kathryn E. Jeffery, Ph.D.
Superintendent/President, Santa Monica College
Gerun W. Riley
President, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

Event Committee

Laura Maslon, Chair
Melissa Barkan
Jennifer Diener
Adrienne Forst
Barbara Herman
Susan Stockel