Season’s Greetings! The holidays are a time to gather friends and family, to be thankful for what we have, and to be giving to those who are in need. Five years ago, our Education and Community Engagement Department began sending our teaching artists around LA County to sing holiday music a capella at more than a dozen care centers, including City of Hope, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Alzheimer’s Association, Huntington Hospital, Rancho Los Amigos, National Rehabilitation Center and the West LA and Long Beach VA Medical Centers. This month, our singers will perform beloved and familiar music in lobbies, recreation rooms and wards – even at bedside – at these and many other care centers.
Last year, after the artists finished singing to a group of disabled veterans, one elderly vet quickly left the room. A moment later, he reappeared with several pieces of paper in his hands. He gave them to the singers and shyly explained that he wrote poetry and he hoped they would accept a few of his poems as a gift of appreciation for what they had given him. The director of the Veterans Home of California followed up with her own expression of thanks:
“Holidays become more precious with age as memories are relived, sadly for some, without many of their family members. Therefore, I feel honored to thank their new friends from LA Opera for making this holiday season very special. Again, I send my most sincere appreciation and thank LA Opera for your part in improving the lives of our great men and women of the United States military.”
It is with great pleasure and hope that I invite you to partner with us and support this program, helping bring the love of beautiful music to those who may need it most during this holiday season.
- $20,000 will support an entire year of musical programming at White Memorial Hospital
- $7,500 will support three performances for children and their families at one of our local hospitals
- $2,500 will support a single visit to a veteran’s home of Alzheimer’s home
For more information, contact us at 213.972.3157 or educom@LAOpera.org.
Lisa See is Chair of the Education and Community Engagement Committee of the LA Opera Board of Directors.