2005 was the third in a series of fundraising events created
to combine the visual and performing arts. During the days of European
royalty operas and other musical and theatrical performances were staged
in combination with exhibitions of paintings and sculpture. In San Diego
Pandeli Lazaridi, director of the Small
Opera of San Diego, together with Jenifer
Broomberg, a fine artist, put together an opera performance
in combination with an exhibit of Jenifer's paintings.
2004, was a gala affair held at the estate of Ian Ashley
and Dr. Brian Judelson. Over 300 people attended and it was a marvelous
Paul Batt, executive director of the Museum
Artists Foundation, attended that event and together with
Diego Visual Artists Guild (SDVAG) member Jenifer Broomberg,
and Pandeli Lazaridi created Façade 2005. Over 600 people attended
and thousands of dollars were raised for both the Opera and MAF.
Venetian Carnivale was held in the palatial estate of Maher
Morcos, another SDVAG member. Three other fine artists exhibited
along with Jenifer Broomberg. SDVAG member, Gerrit
Greve, Rhonda Ahrens, and the host Maher Morcos displayed
their beautiful paintings and sculpture throughout Maher's 9,000 square
Opera of San Diego put on a phenomenal two hour long show,
featuring extravagant costumes, with over 20 highly talented singers:
Jamie Bell, Carol Anne Brigitte, Jenifer Broomberg, Nolyn Cabahug, Stephen
Chan, Mary Crowley, April Fisher, Therese Halladay, Pandeli Lazaridi,
Marina Martin, Shirley Pearson, Ernesto Pinamonte, Georgetta Psaros,
Viola Rohling, Gabriel Sandoval, Roberta Seno, Pia Soriana, Ana Stepanova,
Sarah Suhonen, accompanied by John Danke, concert pianist, and highlighted
by opera maestro Pandeli's careful direction and selection of arias.
Libby created the gorgeous costumes.
was donated by several fine restaurants and chefs; Café
Milano: Pasquale Cianni, The
Bar Europa: Basillio Cervaolo, Cookie Lady: Joan Kuebler,
Kitchen: Elizabeth Podsiadlo, Fresh,
Wood Fired Pizza: Sami Labeki, Pacific
Beach Bar & Grill: Donna Edwards, and Pasquale
on Prospect: Pasquale. An anonymous donor donated over 100
bottles of fine wine.
response to this event was phenomenal. Comments such "party of
the century", the best party I ever attended", and "the
perfect party", reflected the joy and exhilaration that was electric
throughout the entire evening.
are now planning Façade 2006 to be held in May.