Annual SOPAC gala to be held at Drew, with Michael Feinstein performing and online viewing available



Still recovering from damage inflicted by Tropical Storm Ida, the South Orange Performing Arts Center will hold its annual gala at Drew University in Madison, Nov. 6, with an online option as well.

Singer and Great American Songbook champion Michael Feinstein will be the main attraction, jazz bassist and producer John Lee will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Diana Hart, of Diana Hart Fine Catering and a former SOPAC board member, will be honored.

The evening will begin at Drew’s Mead Hall at 6 p.m., with cocktails and a strolling dinner. Then at 8 p.m. (with the online stream beginning then), the entertainment and honoree tribute portion of the evening will start at the Concert Hall at Drew’s Dorothy Young Center for the Arts. Catered takeout meals that can be picked up from Bistro d’Azur in South Orange are included in some in-person and online packages.

A silent auction will open on Nov. 1 and run through Nov. 6 at 8:30 p.m. at GiveSmart (donations to SOPAC can also be made at this link).

For more, including ticket information, visit

Because of the Ida damage, the main SOPAC theater is now closed, though its Loft space (for smaller shows) and gallery remain open, and it is presenting some shows in other locations. It plans to reopen the main theater in early 2022.


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