Center for the Performing Arts’ 10th Anniversary Gala set for Sept. 12 Straight No Chaser will headline an annual fundraiser at Palladium

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February 28, 2020

Submitted by Scott Hall, Director of Communications, Center for the Performing Arts. 317.660.3376

CARMEL, Ind. – An exclusive performance by celebrated a cappella group Straight No Chaser is among the highlights of the Center for the Performing Arts’ 10th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 12.

Presented by Krieg DeVault, the annual gala supports the artistic and educational programming at the Center, which will mark its 10th anniversary and welcome its millionth patron during the upcoming 2020-2021 performance season.

cappella group Straight No Chaser

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with the First Merchants Bank Cocktail Reception and continues with an elegant dinner, live auction, the Straight No Chaser performance and an afterparty with dancing and cabaret performances until midnight. Michael Feinstein, the Center’s artistic director, also will perform as he hosts the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame inductions of singer-songwriter-actress Peggy Lee (“Fever”) and composer-playwright Meredith Willson (The Music Man).

Co-chairing this year’s Gala Committee are Carmel residents and Center supporters Eric and Leah Payne and Ron and Suzanne Mencias. Ron Mencias and Eric Payne, a Center board member, are founders and managing directors of the Payne & Mencias Group at Merrill Lynch, sponsor of the Palladium’s Payne & Mencias Box Tier.

Last year’s gala, which netted over $300,000 in support for the Center, sold out quickly. Guests are encouraged to reserve their tables or seats as soon as possible. Suggested attire is black-tie optional.

About the Center for the Performing Arts

More information is available at For reservations, email [email protected] or call (317) 819-3534.

The mission of the nonprofit Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Central Indiana community through enriching arts experiences. The Center presents and hosts hundreds of events each year, including the Center Presents performance series, featuring the best in classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, comedy and other genres. The campus in Carmel, Indiana, includes a 1,600-seat concert hall, the Palladium; a 500-seat proscenium theater, the Tarkington; and the black-box Studio Theater. The Center is home to the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation and provides space and support services for six resident companies: Actors Theatre of Indiana, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Civic Theatre, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and Indiana Wind Symphony. The Center also provides educational and experiential programming for people of all ages. More information is available at

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