Palladium’s opening night promises to be a big event

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As January’s grand opening of the Palladium nears, preparations for one of the largest celebrations Carmel has ever seen are also well under way.

The opening night gala is both a fundraiser for the Center for the Performing Arts, and a celebration honoring the new state of the art building.  A large cocktail party, concert, dinner and dancing, and after party will come together to make one large event, and full evening of celebration for the arts.

“It’s an event of the century,” said event co-chair Rosemary Waters. “There will be celebrities and it’ll be a spectacular evening, with the Palladium as our star.”

Co-chairs Rosemary Waters and Jeryl Mitsch have a team of 30 committee members and the vision of event planner David Jackson with Premiere Events to bring the night to fruition after nearly a year of planning.  An army of volunteers will be on hand to help manage the actual event and make such a transformation of an indoor and outdoor spaces in January happen.

An initial event was hosted in August to introduce the design and some food options of the gala.  David Jackson has been very careful creating a warm and inviting feeling within the Palladium and outdoor structure being built for the event.  Swag bags for the night are already valued at $500 and local catering company Kahn’s will be in charge of food and drink for the evening.

In addition to the dinner and performance, an after party, tentatively named Afterglow, will feature a variety of music styles throughout the Palladium.  Individual rooms throughout the building will be designed to reflect jazz lounges, nightclubs and cabarets with individual performers in each space.

“You can come from anywhere and know this venue is about music and listening to music,” said Jeryl Mitsch. “We want to ‘super’ use the Palladium that night, using space to create clubs and cabarets and dancing on the stage so no matter who you are, you can find a place to embrace that has the style of music you like.”

The opening night performance will feature Michael Feinstein, Neal Sedaka and others, in addition to several surprise guests.  Tickets will be available to the public to be a part of the first show in the new venue.

And though the event promises to be one that is focused on celebration, the fundraising aspect is not to be forgotten, said Waters.  “This is the culmination of our Community Week where the public can come see the facility and fundraising for the Center for the Performing Arts.”

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