Carnegie Music Hall
6 – 10:15 p.m.
Can’t make it down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras?
Treat yourself to an evening of Carnivalesque revelry right here at home—and help support one of Pittsburgh’s top performing arts groups—when River City Brass hosts its Mardi Gras Gala at Oakland’s elegant Carnegie Music Hall.
New Orleans is a mecca for unique food, music and culture, and this fête will take plenty of inspiration from The Crescent City.
Gala-goers will take a trip down to the Bayou with a cocktail hour starting at 6 p.m., a cornucopia of Nola-themed cocktails and food, special performances by River City Brass, a jazz-infused after-party, dancing and more.
Melt those winter blues away with a night of hot brass sounds led by maestro James Gourlay, who has served as artistic director of River City Brass since 2011. The hour-long concert will feature an eclectic repertoire including Mardi Gras-style sounds, as well as a special sneak peek of River City Brass’ brand new “Bollywood & Hollywood” show which the group is taking on the road to Texas in late February.
Throughout the night, attendees can use their smartphones to bid on silent auction items, including trips to New Orleans, a helmet signed by Penguin Sidney Crosby, gift baskets from Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and more.
Patrons will receive festive beads, masks and hats to add to their duds (black tie optional), will mix and mingle with band members and will see River City Brass’ talented youth band in action.
Serving as the Master of Ceremonies for the festivities will be Jim Cunningham, who is a senior executive producer at WQED-FM and longtime host of the station’s Morning Show. The event’s 2016 honorees are community rock stars Scott Lammie, senior vice president and CFO at UPMC Health Plan, and his wife Susan.
Proceeds from the gala—which has raised between $100,000 and $150,000 in past years—will support the concerts and educational programming of River City Brass.
Can’t make the gala? You can still support River City Brass and bid on silent auction items online.
Purchase tickets. The deadline for regular ticket RSVPs is February 5th.