A world-class humanitarian aid concer
KindredSPIRITS’ next concert will be presented Sunday, June 13, 2010 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA’s premier concert venue.
Our 60-Voice Gospel Choir from Faithful Central Bible Church with the LA Jewish Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Noreen Green will join with noted artists, Ilan Davidson, tenor, Chayim Frenkel, tenor, and Ilysia Pierce, soprano in a concert of world music celebrating unity and peace.
Special guest celebrities will introduce the music and KindredSPIRITS’ beneficiary for this year.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience.
The 2,265-seat auditorium with natural lighting in which the audience surrounds the orchestra was designed to look and feel like a ship’s hull. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is wheelchair accessible and Phonic Ear sound system headsets for the hard of hearing.
From the stainless steel curves of its striking exterior to the state-of-the-art acoustics of the hardwood-paneled main auditorium, the 3.6-acre complex embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of the city of Los Angeles and the Resident Companies that call the Concert Hall home.
Since 1985, MAZON, with the support of the Jewish community, has granted over $50 million to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.
Founded in 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization that allocates donations from the Jewish community to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.
Each year, MAZON grants over $4 million to more than 300 carefully screened hunger-relief agencies, including emergency food providers, food banks, multi-service organizations and advocacy groups that seek long-term solutions to the hunger problem.
MAZON (“food” in Hebrew) believes its dual purpose is to provide for those who are hungry today and to address the systemic causes of hunger and poverty, both domestically and globally. Although grants are provided to many organizations serving the Jewish poor, in keeping with the best of Jewish tradition MAZON believes it is important to respond to all who are in need.
MAZON is supported by over 100,000 donors who incorporate social justice and hunger relief as crucial components of their everyday lives.
Restaurateur and interior designer Barbara Lazaroff, ASID, is President of Imaginings Interior Design, Inc. Lazaroff is renowned for her innovative restaurant concepts and is the brand co-founder and interior designer of acclaimed restaurants, SPAGO HOLLYWOOD where she helped to introduce the exhibition kitchen; SPAGO BEVERLY HILLS the flagship of the Spago Group, CHINOIS ON MAIN and CHINOIS LAS VEGAS. Barbara is also co-owner of all the affiliate companies; such as, all the fine dining restaurants and is an equal shareholder in Wolfgang Puck Worldwide. In addition, Barbara is one of the owners of the Wolfgang Puck licensed products, i.e., cookware & accessories which are sold by HSN.
Ms. Lazaroff is involved with a variety of humanitarian, environmental, social and political issues. The Puck-Lazaroff Charitable Foundation is a major supporter of Meals-on-Wheels, founding and hosting twenty-six years of the American Wine & Food Festival in Los Angeles which has raised over 30 million dollars to provide meals for the homebound disabled and elderly. For over 25 years, Spago has hosted a Passover Seder to benefit MAZON for hunger relief. Lazaroff and Puck have also founded and organized the annual California Spirit Gala benefiting the American Cancer Society.
For almost two decades Ms. Lazaroff has raised considerable funds for cancer research. Lazaroff and Puck are also involved with a variety of schools, hospitals and charities benefiting children: the March of Dimes Galas, Planned Parenthood, Carousel Ball for juvenile diabetes, Jill Ireland Cancer Center at Cleveland’s University Hospital, St. John’s Child and Family Development Clinic, Cedars-Sinai, UCLA, the Oralingua School for the Hearing Impaired, and the Fulfillment Fund, which is an organization that provides mentoring, scholarship and education to inner-city children.
Ms. Lazaroff actively supports several AIDS organizations and has served as chairperson for the APLA/Elizabeth Taylor Foundation’s 1993 Passport event, as well as multiple DIFFA events. She was part of the 1994 DIFFA Advisory Board, various AIDS Project Los Angeles and Project Angel Food committees. She has served as 1988 Chairperson of Dining for Dollars benefiting women and children with AIDS, and Lazaroff and Puck are the annual honorary chairpersons of the L.A. Shanti Wine Tasting and Auction.
Ms. Lazaroff remains engrossed in her passion for design, art, charity and her commitment to the restaurants’ operations. However, her plans for the future include finally setting apart time to realize her lifelong dream of writing and illustrating a series of children’s books and marketing them with a line of children’s toys and accessories. “Although my professional life is very rewarding, I still feel my most important creations, my greatest successes and blessings are my sons, twenty-one year old Cameron and fifteen and a half year old Byron. I feel my primary purpose is being their mom, setting a healthy role model and raising children of good moral stature, who will go on to contribute positively to the world at large.”