MINNEAPOLIS (March 25, 2013) — Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra (previously known as WAMSO) announced today that it is holding a new gala, called “Midnight at the Oasis,” on June 1 at the Marriott Minneapolis City Center.
The event will combine the two fundraisers that the nonprofit usually holds each year – Vintages of Note and Settings of Note. This event is completely separate from Minnesota Orchestra fundraising activities, and does not in any way replace or correspond with the Minnesota Orchestra’s Symphony Ball. The Moroccan-themed gala will feature Mick Sterling’s A Band Called Soul, a VIP pre-party, dinner, silent and live auctions, and an after-party.
To honor Vintages of Note, and with the help of Haskell’s and individual wine vintners, wine tastings will be included at Midnight at the Oasis, along with a King’s Wine Cave featuring a special wine auction. Local designers, builders, architects and contractors are being recruited to create special “Oases” that will showcase home settings, in an homage to Settings of Note.
“By holding one large event, our hope is to engage the community even more. Our new mission is to create opportunities to bring the power of music to children, families and adults. Midnight at the Oasis marks the beginning of a new era,” said Executive Director, Cheryle Caplinger. The funds raised at the gala will go toward Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra’s education programs.
Event chair Jodi Young said, “I’m thrilled to be at the helm of this wonderful new event. Our Moroccan-themed evening of magic and mystery will be the party of the summer, and it’s going to be great to see people come together to raise money for children’s music education.”
For over 60 years, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra has presented music education programs, bringing classical music to children and young adults through nationally award-winning programs such as Kinder Konzerts, Kinder Konzerts on the Road and the Young Artist Competition. Each year, these programs reach thousands of students, parents and teachers in the Twin Cities metro area and across the country.