150th Anniversary Gala

Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA

Featuring award-winning actor Alan Cumming as Master of Ceremonies

Join us as we celebrate Boston Conservatory’s 150-year legacy in the city of Boston and its worldwide impact in the performing arts. This special evening will include a cocktail reception, captivating performances by talented Boston Conservatory students, faculty, and alumni, and dinner at Boston’s iconic Symphony Hall.

To reserve your seat at this historic event or learn about sponsorship opportunities, or alumni and faculty/staff discounts, contact Dana Grider at events@bostonconservatory.edu or 617-912-9276. 

150th Anniversary Gala Cochairs

Cynthia and Oliver Curme
Gregory E. Bulger and Richard J. Dix

Performance Highlights

The evening will feature Alan Cumming performing with students, as well as performances by noted violinist and faculty member Markus Placci (G.P.D. '04, A.D.P. '06, violin), soprano Vanessa Becerra (M.M. ’14, opera), dance faculty member and Limon practitioner Kurt Douglas (B.F.A. '02, dance), and Broadway actress and alumna Alysha Umphress (B.F.A. '04, musical theater).

More about Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming is an actor and activist beyond eclectic and, according to the New York Times, “a bawdy countercultural sprite.” Time magazine named him one of the most fun people in show business. He played political maverick Eli Gold on CBS’s The Good Wife, for which he received Golden Globe, Emmy, SAG, and Satellite award nominations, and last year finished his Tony Award-winning role of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret. Cumming’s diverse career has found him performing at venues around the globe, making back-to-back films with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls; directing and starring in a musical condom commercial; creating the voices of a Smurf, a goat, and Adolf Hitler; entering upside down and suspended by his ankles in the Greek tragedy The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland), and recording an award-winning album of songs (plus a dance remix). Cumming is also Host of PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery!, and appeared opposite Lisa Kudrow in Showtime’s Web Therapy. He has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar, Out, The Globe and Mail, and authored three books: Tommy’s Tale, the #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Not My Father’s Son, and his new book of photographs and stories, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams. A tireless champion for LGBT civil rights and HIV/AIDS activism, Cumming serves on the Board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and works closely with amfAR, The Trevor Project, and the Ali Forney Center to name but a few. In 2009, Cumming was included in the Queen’s Honors List to receive an OBE for services to film, theater, and the arts, and for activism in the LGBT community in the U.S. In his native Scotland, where he was a vocal supporter of the YES for independence campaign, he was awarded the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards, and has recently had his portrait unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 

Read the official press release.


In addition to our area hotel rates, a special rate is being offered at The Colonnade Hotel for the evening of May 9—use the The Colonnade Hotel link to secure your room for the Boston Conservatory 150th Concert rate.

Headliner Sponsor

Marillyn Zacharis

VIP Table Hosts

Gregory E. Bulger and Richard J. Dix
Cynthia and Oliver Curme
Pamela S. Kunkemueller
Martin and Tristin Mannion
AE Events

Table Hosts

Amy and David Abrams
Diane Arnold and Dean Goodermote
Elizabeth S. Boveroux
Davi-Ellen and Bruce Chabner, MD
Caroline McMillan Collings and Robert Collings
Anne N. Cuervo and Philip J. Poinelli
Catherine Donaher with Tee Taggart
Kitty Flather
Jill A. Fopiano and Peter J. Wender
Handel Architects LLP
Mimi Hewlett
Alfred and Patricia Houston
Bill Kaiser and Kelly Smedvig
B.J. Krintzman, Esq.
Kate and Tom Kush
The Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation
Jane Mendillo and Ralph Earle
Dr. Lyle J. and Mrs. Anne Micheli
Northern Trust and Christopher D. Perry
Megan and Robert O'Block
Richard Ortner
Anthony and Creelea Pangaro
Geraldine R. and Stephen J. Ricci
Ivy and Francis Scricco
Darius Sidebotham and Bernstein Wealth Management
Katherine and David Scott Sloan
Jan Steenbrugge '99 and Young-Shin Choi '98 '00
Jason S. Weissman and Boston Realty Advisors
Susan Whitehead
Tania Zouikin
Jan and Barry Zubrow





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