Photos by Darren Lovecchio
Sunset Center’s 2016-2017 Sunset Presents season was an overwhelming success, with strong ticket sales and fabulous shows such as Idina Menzel, Chris Botti, and Rufus Wainwright added to the lineup late in the year. As such, Sunset Center’s Board of Directors and Staff decided to seize the fortuitous opportunity and move their Fifth Annual Gala to the fall, now to be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 and paving the way for a brand new event—one of which is sure to become another annual tradition—the Sunset Center Spring Soiree.
This inaugural event, Sunset Confidential: Exclusive Season Reveal was held on Saturday, May 6. Patrons were invited center stage in the Sunset Center Theater for an intimate dinner featuring a private announcement of the 2017—2018 Sunset Presents season.
In addition to a delicious meal served on the storied Sunset stage, guests received pre-sale privileges for the 2017-2018 season, learned insider information from Sunset Center’s Executive Director, Christine Sandin and took advantage of exclusive opportunities to become a true patron of the arts at Sunset Center by either purchasing a theater seat, becoming a Bravo! Member and enjoying season-long benefits, or sponsoring a stage performance.
Sunset Confidential was the patrons’ opportunity to experience the theater in an entirely different way—to enjoy the view from the perspective of the theater’s famed artists while learning what goes on behind the scenes at Sunset Center. The event featured signature cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, backstage tours, accompanying live entertainment provided by Dave Holodiloff and Friends and the Dennis Murphy Band, a gourmet four-course dinner prepared by Chef Kurt Grasing, expertly paired fine wines from Hahn Family Wines, all followed by the exciting Season Reveal presentation. The evening was truly an unmatched opportunity to experience Sunset Center’s inner workings, celebrate the new lineup, and feel even closer to the world-class stars that perform there.