Josh Groban to Perform Very Special Benefit Concert for Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and His Own Find Your Light Foundation
May 7, 2012
In keeping with his long-standing commitment to helping young people through arts education, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban will perform a benefit concert to raise support for the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), and his own Find Your Light Foundation. The special performance, entitled "An Evening with Josh Groban," will be held at The Music Center's Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, June 28th at 8:00pm.

The event is being presented by Sheila and Wally Weisman and the Arts High Foundation, LACHSA's private fundraising partner. Also Benefit Chairs, the Weismans have been underwriting musicals at LACHSA for 17 years. Indeed, they funded LACHSA's Fiddler on the Roof in 1998 which gave Josh his first leading role!

"I am thrilled to be able to host this special performance at Disney Hall to benefit LACHSA and my own Find Your Light Foundation. LACHSA holds a very special place in my heart as it gave me a starting ground to nurture my craft and feel at home while in school. It was partly through this experience at LACHSA that I started The Find Your Light Foundation. It is my continuing belief that arts education and exposure in children's and young adults' lives help to shape them for the better."

LACHSA, which is operated by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, was established on the campus of California State University Los Angeles in 1985 through the leadership of the Arts High Foundation. Recognized as one of the premier public arts high school in the U.S., LACHSA is Los Angeles County's only public, conservatory-style arts program for talented youth in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, musical theatre and film. The school serves 600 culturally and socioeconomically diverse young artists from 80 school districts throughout the County. Fund-raising events such as this benefit concert put on by the Arts High Foundation help it to sustain LACHSA's award-winning and comprehensive arts training offered to students free of charge.

An Evening with Josh Groban will also support Groban's Find Your Light Foundation, which he established in 2011 to enrich the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness. Groban's belief that early exposure in the arts helps shape young people's lives, combined with the sobering reality that public school arts programs are being dismantled in many communities, has made Josh more attuned than ever to helping young people find their light. During his 2011 "Straight To You" World Tour, Groban partnered with Americans for the Arts to launch a joint text-to-give campaign where local nonprofit arts education organizations received funds. In addition, Groban invited nonprofit leaders, artists, students and teachers to his concerts to be recognized from the stage.

Thus far, sponsors for An Evening with Josh Groban include Presenting Sponsors Sheila and Wally Weisman; Diamond Sponsors QPrime, KUSC Radio, and Warner Bros. Records; Gold Sponsors Albert R. and Dana Broccoli Foundation, Laifun Chung and Ted Kotcheff, Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation, Shirley and Ralph Shapiro, Eva and Marc Stern, Barbra Streisand and The Streisand Foundation; and Silver Sponsors The Berger Group at MorganStanleySmithBarney, Boulevard Management, California Credit Union, Corday Family Foundation, David Foster, Gayle Holcomb and Nick Masters, ICM (International Creative Management), Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer and Mel Keefer, Laura Lizer and Rob Word, LA County Supervisors Michael Antonovich, Don Knabe, Gloria Molino, Mark Ridley Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky, and William Morris Endeavor. Variety magazine has signed on as a media sponsor.

Premium tickets at $1,000 are available through the Arts High Foundation at (213) 225-7586. Premium ticket holders will attend a private pre-performance reception with Josh and get the best seats in the house (Front Orchestra section).

General tickets will go on sale to the public starting May 10 at noon and will be available through Ticketmaster. General ticket prices are: $350, $250, $150, $100, $75 and $50. &