Whenever I get the opportunity, I like to promote events for the Cincinnati Opera Young Professionals Group, also known as Center Stage. This particular event, however, looks to be rather cool and a lot of fun. Of course, Kevin and I are also serving as some of the host/hostesses for this party. Sort of.
Every year the Opera Guild hosts the annual Opera Gala, for which it costs a fortune to attend. With the Opera Gala, you get a concert from a talented singer (this year it’s one of my favorites – tenor Mark Panuccio), dinner, and dancing. It’s also a chance to break out an evening gown or tux. We went last year, and it was neat. But it was also a little stodgy.
This year they’re looking to change all that. Mark your calendars for Saturday night, Nov 17. Starting at 10:30 pm is the first Opera Gala Afterparty. Believe me when I say it will probably send the old people home, leaving the transformed Music Hall ballroom to some of the most involved and outgoing young professionals in the city.
The afterparty includes a midnight buffet by Funky’s, music from DJ Will Benson, a complimentary drink ticket, and an available bar. The ballroom will be transformed, almost literally, into an Amazon rainforest to celebrate the upcoming opera season. You miss the dinner, the operatic concert, and the stodginess and are left with good food and great fun.
The best part? You’re not paying $200 like the Opera Gala folks. You’re paying $30 ahead of time or $40 at the door. The party is sponsored by a lot of folks, but the participation of groups such as CinWeekly and EQ at the Party Source is a good indicator of the type of party.
This is your chance to dress up (evening attire not required though), have some fun in Music Hall, meet new people just like you, and enjoy some great food and music.
And maybe someone, anyone, can report back on the event for me for this blog. Kevin and I are heading on vacation next week for what I’m sure you’ll agree is some much needed downtime.
You can pre-purchase your Late Night in the Amazon tickets here. The full flyer is after the jump.
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