The reopening of the Merced Theatre will be held Saturday, April 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 10. Prices range from $125 to $200.
The renovated theater features ultra-modern theatrical lighting, surround sound and digital projection.The gala will start outside the theater with food, drinks and hors d'oeuvres, along with a strolling mariachi band. After the cocktail hour, people will be escorted to their reserved seat for an evening of entertainment.
The Preservation Big Band, featuring Eric Bocks, Brad Reed, John Albano and Cheryl Lockett, will start the activities with a musical history of the theatre, starting from the date it was originally opened.
After a short intermission, the Merced Symphony will take the stage, along with renowned pianist Tara Kamangar. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to Behzad Ranjbaran, and career highlights have included performances at London's Cadogan Hall, Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery of Art, New York City's Skirball Auditorium, Oakland’s Paramount Theatre and L.A.’s Walt Disney Hall. She brings audiences rarely heard works by Iranian composers of the past century, according to a news release by gala organizers.
There will be desserts and coffee alfresco after the performance, with more musical entertainment.
You can become a Producer Sponsor for $5,000 or a Director Sponsor for $1,000 and receive added benefits. Call the box office at (209) 722-3266 or buy online at www.mercedtheatre.org.