Celebrate With Us!
Candlelight 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration
Sat, May 20, 2023 5:00 PM
Smith Theatre | Horowitz Center HCC
An Evening to Remember
Black tie optional
Join Candlelight Concert Society as we close our 50th season with an exciting Gala and concert event!
This celebratory event will include a luxurious dinner, delicious drinks, and a live auction in Howard Community College's gorgeous Dwight A. Burrill Galleria. It will be immediately followed by a concert and champagne toast featuring the riveting ensemble, Empire Wild, at the Horowitz Smith Theatre. Together, the events promise to provide a wonderful day-long outing for you and your loved ones, as we celebrate Candlelight's 50th season with a resounding hurrah!
Tickets are $155 per person, and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Exciting Gala Activities
5:00PM - 7:45PM
Opening reception at Howard Community College's Dwight A. Burrill Galleria. Join other gala participants for celebration and socialization, featuring delicious drinks, a scrumptious meal, a thrilling live auction, and live music!
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Concert with Empire Wild at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre. Join Candlelight for our 50th season finale concert with Empire Wild, a rising trio of stars who will present a rollicking program of reimagined pop, folk, jazz, and musical theatre.
9:30PM - 10:00PM
LIVE AUCTION ITEMS INCLUDE:
• Private house concert with Amit Peled, cello • Private house concert with Hanzhi Wang, accordion • 7-day stay in Florida vacation house five miles away from Disney World!
Empire Wild is a genre-bending, crossover trio featuring classically-trained musicians as a vehicle for their shared love of musical exploration—focusing the sounds of pop, folk, Broadway and more into their songwriting and composition. Empire Wild was selected as an Ambassador Prize winner in the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. The group’s debut EP Paper Seasons features all original songs, highlighting the Trio’s unique sound and instrumentation. Based in NYC, Empire…
Praised by The Strad magazine and The New York Times, internationally renowned cellist Amit Peled is acclaimed as one of the most exciting and virtuosic instrumentalists on the concert stage today. Having performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Konzerthaus Berlin, Peled has…
Praised for her captivating stage presence and performances that are technically and musically masterful, the groundbreaking young musician Hanzhi Wang is the first accordionist to win a place on the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 58-year history, and her hour-long interview and performance on the 2,145th episode of New York WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase marked the first appearance of a solo accordionist on the program. In 2018, Musical America named Hanzhi Wang “New Artist of the Month…
Where to Stay
If you don't wish to make the drive back after a night of good fun, Candlelight recommends you book a room overnight to stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott Columbia Residence Inn by Marriott Columbia. About a 10-minute drive away from Howard Community College, this luxurious hotel has accommodated some of Candlelight's amazing artists this season, including Empire Wild!