Celebrating the Legacy:  This year, the Washington National Opera Gala will celebrate the achievements of Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Jacqueline Badger Mars.

by Patrick D. McCoy

As children and adults alike, palettes have been delighted by the sweet decadence of chocolate treats such as M&M’s, Snickers, Twix and of course, Mars Bars.  Without a second thought, those treats were savored perhaps with no thought into the profound way in which they have supported many causes, including the performing arts.

This year, the 2017 Washington National Opera will honor the contributions and achievements of Jacqueline Badger Mars. The heiress is a fixture on the Washington arts scene, supporting numerous organizations reach their artistic, as well as financial goals.  It is no surprise that this gala slated for June 3, at 6:30 in the Kennedy Center Opera House will be that of the highest order.

Headlining the concert will be superstar soprano Renée Fleming, the beloved mezzo-soprano and DC native Denyce Graves and Hamilton Tony Award winner Leslie Odom.  The gala is presented also as a part of JFKC, The Kennedy Center’s season long celebration of President John F. Kennedy-which explores the themes of service and gratitude.

Tickets for the Gala concert start at $49 and are on sale now to Kennedy Center members. Tickets go on sale to the general public on (today) Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10 a.m.

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—A native of Petersburg, Virginia, Patrick D. McCoy is a graduate of Virginia State University and Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia.  He has been an arts contributor for Examiner.com, CBS Washington, The Afro American Newspaper and most recently was the Performing Arts Columnist at Washington Life Magazine for four years. As a church musician, he currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Zion Parish) in Beltsville, Maryland.   Visit www.patrickdmccoy.com for all of your arts news and send press releases and ideas to patrickdmccoy@patrickdmccoy.com.