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President’s Gala At The Carpenter Center To Feature Jane Lynch

Published: September 15, 2015

Millions of people across the country know Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winner Jane Lynch from her roles in television’s “Glee” and Christopher Guest mockumentaries like “Best in Show.” On Oct. 3 at 8 p.m., Lynch’s voice will take center stage at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center with an evening of American standards and show tunes called “See Jane Sing.”

This event marks the theatre’s first President’s Gala and represents a collaboration between the Carpenter Center and CSULB President Jane Close Conoley. It salutes the contributions of the Carpenter Center’s performances and Arts for Life activities in furthering the university’s art and community engagement goals, extending the performing arts to an ever-expanding sphere of citizens and students.

“The Carpenter Center is renowned as a cultural gateway for the entire Long Beach community and I can’t imagine a better venue for the first-ever President’s Gala,” said President Conoley. “Our university is fortunate to have this amazing performing arts center on our campus. The arts are fundamental to providing a well-rounded educational experience at The Beach, and I’m especially pleased the Gala will support the vibrant Arts for Life program.”

Lynch made her Broadway debut in 2013, bringing her lifelong love affair with singing to the musical “Annie.” This time on stage she’s chosen fast-paced, funny songs to be sung with a live jazz quintet led by Orange County’s 2014 jazz musician of the year, Tony Guerrero, on trumpet. Special guests Kate Flannery from “The Office” and “Glee” vocal arranger Tim Davis will sing with Lynch on songs that span the musical spectrum, like “Far from the Home I Love” from “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj.

Conoley will welcome gala VIP ticket holders for a private pre-show al fresco dinner on the Carpenter Family Terrace. Gala guests will enjoy the performance from the best seats in the house and following the show will have the opportunity to join Lynch and Conoley in an exclusive dessert reception.

Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Carpenter Center’s Arts for Life program, a comprehensive education initiative that provides free, interactive and hands-on arts activities for residents of all ages. The programs consist of Classroom Connections (enriching elementary schools), Campus Connections (linking artists and CSULB students) and Community Connections (sharing arts experiences with citizens of all ages). Arts for Life is made possible through the generosity of foundations and donors.

Single tickets for “See Jane Sing!” begin at $75. Gala tickets are all-inclusive and available at the Carpenter Center ticket office for $250. For tickets and more information, visit CarpenterArts.org or call the Carpenter Center Ticket Office at 562/ 985-7000. This series is made possible in part by Season Media Partner KPCC 89.3-FM.