LA Opera believes that experiencing the arts is essential to the understanding of our own humanity – and should be made accessible to everyone. To this end, LA Opera’s Education and Community Engagement Department is continuing the innovative Community Circle seating program, which has increased our service to students, low-income seniors, and a diverse array of other communities throughout Southern California and beyond.
Through Community Circle, carefully selected groups are invited to experience opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at a significantly reduced price and, at times, for free.
At every performance, 170 tickets in the orchestra section are set aside to accommodate these special groups, supplementing the extensive education and community outreach initiatives our company does throughout the year.
As part of this year’s Community Circle initiative, LA Opera has designated two matinee performances as Veterans’ Circle days.
LA Opera is deeply grateful to military veterans for their service and honored to invite veterans’ organizations to be our guests in the 2016-17 season free of charge. Our first Veterans’ Circle day occurred during the final performance of Macbeth on October 16. Members from multiple veterans’ organizations experienced the powerful tragedy and electrifying music of Verdi’s Macbeth. Following the performance, veterans were treated to a talk-back and reception, learning more about Macbeth and enriching their opera experience.
The next Veterans’ Circle Day will be held on April 30 with veterans experiencing the wonder of Puccini’s Tosca.
To date, eight veterans’ organizations have been selected to participate in Community Circle performances this season, with more to come. These include the Wounded Warrior Project, a military and veterans’ charity service organization empowering injured veterans and their families; New Directions for Veterans, committed to building a national community in which all at-risk veterans and their families lead lives of honor, dignity, well-being and respect; the Mindful Warrior Project, which guides veterans in mindful practices that empower them to be free, well, and whole; the Veterans Home of California, serving the state’s veterans and their families; Strength in Support, an organization that provides mental health services to military personnel, veterans, and their families; Mil-Tree, which brings together veterans, active-duty military and civilians in order to help each other to address the wounds of the soul through communication and art; Ride 2 Recovery, which improve the health and wellness of injured veterans through road and mountain bike events that provide life changing experiences; and the West Los Angeles Vet Center, part of the Veterans Health Administration, America’s largest integrated health care system serving 8.76 million veterans each year.
LA Opera is honored to work with so many wonderful communities through the Community Circle – and newly established Veterans’ Circle – programs. If your non-profit organization is interested in coming to LA Opera through our Community Circle program, you can learn more, as well as fill out our easy, online application at LAOpera.org/CommunityCircle.
To learn more about Community and Veterans Circle, click here.LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.