Arts + Culture

Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder to Join Don Henley at Benefit Performance to Celebrate Reopening of UCLA's Royce Hall


Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder will perform as part of an all-star bandwith Don Henley on Saturday, April 4, for the benefit event "RoyceHall Encore, Celebrate the Return." Also featured will be actor/comediansCarol Burnett, John Lithgow and Paul Reiser; and flutists James and JeanneGalway, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley.

The star-studded gala will be held in UCLA's world-renowned Royce HallAuditorium to celebrate the reopening of this campus landmark, one of thepremier performing arts venues in the nation. Royce Hall, which was severelydamaged in the January 1994 Northridge earthquake, has undergone four yearsof complex seismic repairs and renovation.

The evening, which will benefit the arts at UCLA, will include tributesto four prominent members of the Southern California community who arelong-time friends and supporters of UCLA. The honorees are: arts supporterand philanthropist Ginny Mancini; Lew Wasserman, chairman emeritus of UniversalStudios Inc.; Harold Williams, former president and CEO of the J. PaulGetty Trust; and legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.

The "Encore" event will be co-chaired by Mo Ostin, who headsthe music division of DreamWorks SKG, and his wife Evelyn; and Jerry Moss,chairman of Rondor Music, and his wife, Ann, along with honorary chair,UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale.

The black-tie gala, which will be attended by guests from the cultural,entertainment and philanthropic communities, will include a dinner preparedby Spago chef/owner Wolfgang Puck on the Royce quad following the entertainmentprogram. Dinner Committee members include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Eli Broad,David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and Richard and LiliZanuck.

This festive evening launches a major fundraising effort by the Schoolof the Arts and Architecture as part of the campuswide Campaign UCLA. Galaproceeds will benefit students and programs in the school and the UCLACenter for the Performing Arts. The gala also marks the return of programmingto the Royce Hall Auditorium that was displaced by the earthquake. Fundswill support current and future generations of artists and musicians andallow the center to continue to bring to Royce Hall the world's finestperforming artists.

Tickets priced from $500 to $5,000 for the April 4 dinner and performancecan be purchased by calling (310) 206-6431. A limited number of performance-onlytickets at $75 per person are available to the general public through theUCLA Central Ticket Office, by calling (310) 825-2101.



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