It is the year’s largest fundraiser for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, and organizers are excited to have a guest performer fit for the occasion.
The internationally celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma will headline the 2018 Viva Health Starlight Gala on May 6.
A graduate of Harvard University and Julliard-trained, Ma performs classical and modern works spanning cultures and time periods. In addition to recording many solo and collaborative albums, he has won 18 Grammys and even started a non-profit to promote cross-cultural arts performances.
The 2018 Starlight Gala chairs are Kelley M. and C.T. Fitzpatrick. The Vulcan Value Partners CEO and his wife are long supporters of UAB and the arts community.
The event includes a pre-performance reception. A VIP dinner package also is available.
Proceeds from the night go toward educational initiatives of the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are on sale now through the ASC website, alysstephens.org.
— Sarah Kuper