On May 6, one of the world’s most recognized musicians joined two more Rock & Roll Hall of Famers in the crowd when cellist Yo-Yo Ma took the stage at California State University, Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center for a gala benefiting the 4-year-old concert hall. In attendance were CSUN and community leaders, as well as musical legends Smokey Robinson and Stewart Copeland.
Along with acting as a fundraiser, the event also signaled the start of the 2015-16 season, the first full season planned the VPAC’s new executive director Thor Steingraber. Future events were highlighted in an exclusive keepsake program booklet that was given at the event. After the gala, there was a dinner hosted by VPAC as an additional fundraising effort. CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison spoke to the dining crowd at the start of the event.
Additionally, the packed house included more than 200 CSUN students whose tickets were generously underwritten by CSUN Foundation Board Chair Earl Enzer ’83 and his wife, Karen Enzer ’82.