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2018 Gala Event Details

We encourage you to celebrate the evening in festive attire.

Click here to view directions to Sanders Theatre. 

For your convenience, complimentary parking is available at the Broadway Garage located on Felton Street (between Broadway and Cambridge Streets, a little over one block from Sanders Theatre). If Broadway Garage is full, there is additional parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage (the entrance is located at the intersection of Everett and Oxford Streets). To see additional parking options near Sanders Theatre, click here. When you arrive at the garage, please inform the parking attendant that you are attending Longy’s Gala Celebration.

*Note: You will receive a parking ticket at entry for complimentary parking. Please keep your ticket with you, since you will need it to re-enter the garage and exit with your car. The Broadway Garage closes at 11:00 PM and the Oxford Street Garage closes at midnight.  All cars must be removed from both parking garages by the designated times. 

Accessible Parking
Click here for full details about accessible parking at Sanders Theatre and Annenberg Hall.

There is no accessible parking at Sanders Theatre itself. Patrons may be dropped off in the circular driveway on the Kirkland Street side of Sanders Theatre near the accessible entrance. We encourage patrons to park at either the Broadway Garage or the 52 Oxford Street Lot. The Broadway Garage reserves a few spaces on the first floor that can be used for accessible parking. There are curb cuts at all crosswalks between the Garage and the Theatre.

Gala Event Registration
Event registration opens at 5:30 PM. Guests attending both the concert and dinner will register at VIP registration, where you will receive a packet containing your concert tickets, your table number for dinner, and a paddle number for our Fund-A-Need.

Pre-concert Reception
As a benefit to Gala ticket holders, we welcome you to join us for a pre-concert reception with light refreshments, a signature cocktail and other beverages in the transept of Sanders Theatre upon completing registration. 

Concert Seating
We encourage you to arrive as early as 5:30 PM to register for the Gala or to pick-up your concert tickets. The doors to Sanders Theatre will open at 6:00 PM to begin seating. 

The concert will begin at 6:30 PM and feature the Sistema Side by Side Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Jorge Soto. 

Your support at this year’s Fund-A-Need helps Longy fulfill its mission to inspire social change through music. When you give to Longy, you make it possible for us to: 

  • Inspire 225 conservatory musicians, every year, to make a difference in the world
  • Mentor young musicians all across Massachusetts through programs like Sistema Side by Side
  • Welcome you and other members of the community to more than 180 free, public performances throughout the year
  • Support Longy's teaching assistants who impact the communities of Cambridge and Greater Boston
  • Transform lives through music!

The Fund-A-Need will take place during dinner in Annenberg Hall.

Coat Check
Complimentary coat check will be provided for our guests. Upon arrival, please check your coat to the left of the registration desk. Your coat will be attended throughout the evening. 

Dietary Restrictions
We are offering vegetarians and guests with health-related dietary restrictions the opportunity to pre-order an entrée. 

If you would like a vegetarian entrée or if you have dietary restrictions, please e-mail melissa.williamson(at)longy.edu or call 617.831.1771 so we can plan for your meal accordingly.



Jamie Bernstein

Mary-Catherine Deibel

Tim Jacoby

Carol Kline

Mary Jane Kornacki

Bonny Lamb

Anne Miller

Patricia Ostrander

Andrée Robert

Don Schroeder



Alex Attia

Sandra and David Bakalar

Amy and Joshua Boger

Don W. Schroeder

Gates Mcfadden

Lia and William Poorvu

Andrée Robert

Don Schroeder

Robert Straus

J. David Wimberly