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Landau to Perform at 50th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser for Opera Grand Rapids

Night Beneath the Stars gala celebrates 50 years of opera in West Michigan

Opera Grand Rapids will host a “Night Beneath the Stars” gala fundraiser in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on May 18 at the Van Andel Institute.

The evening features live performances from Billboard chart-topping crooner, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., and a headliner performance from operatic-crossover trio, Forte Tenors. Guests can also expect handpicked fare from the community’s finest restaurants, dancing, and mingling with other arts advocates. Tickets to the event are on sale now.

Welcoming guests during a cocktail hour will be Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., covering favorites from artists such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

With over 100 sold-out concerts across three continents, including Caesars Palace and the Apollo Theater, and a debut album from a Grammy-winning producer that hit the top of the Billboard charts, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. covers crowd favorites ranging from jazzy singalongs to the most memorable dance numbers.

In the afterglow of the headliner performance from Forte Tenors, guests can expect another performance of crowd-pleasing dance songs from Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., to close out their evening.

The gala program will include the awarding of the 2017-2018 Betty Van Andel Scholarship and a live auction with funds raised supporting the Scholarship. Additionally, Opera Grand Rapids will showcase the accomplishments of previous Scholarship winners.

Tickets to the gala, “Night Beneath the Stars” are $250 each. The ticket price covers admission and valet parking, fine foods, champagne, wine, beer and cocktails, and the evening’s entertainment. Tickets support Opera Grand Rapids classic and innovative programming, education and outreach programs and community events. Guests are encouraged to dress in black tie attire. For more information on the event, visit

Opera Grand Rapids

Located in the heart of West Michigan, Opera Grand Rapids is the state’s longest-running professional opera production company. Through the creativity and excellence of this timeless art form, Opera Grand Rapids enriches the West Michigan community and provides unique and powerful experiences that move people of all ages and backgrounds. Opera Grand Rapids’ productions are produced and presented locally in West Michigan. For the productions, Opera Grand Rapids engages a cast of internationally-acclaimed artists, stage directors, conductors, choreographers, set designers, costume designers, and others, in addition to the regional Grand Rapids Symphony, and Opera Grand  Rapids Chorus and Children’s Chorus.

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