In Attendance, The James & Paula Coburn Foundation Helped Kick Off the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2014/2015 Season in Style

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The James & Paula Coburn Foundation helped kick off the LA Philharmonic's season in style.

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Los Angeles Philharmonic's Opening Night Gala Concert is always extraordinary...

The James & Paula Coburn Foundation (JPCF), a private nonprofit group that uses its resources to support charitable organizations devoted to the arts and sciences, was honored to attend, and be a part of the black-tie gala held to mark the opening night of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2014/2015 season. The event took place on Tuesday, September 30 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.

“Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Opening Night Gala Concert is always extraordinary, and The James and Paula Coburn Foundation was thrilled to have been in attendance,” said Lynda Erkiletian, Executive Director of The JPCF. “In 2003, John Williams — in magnificent glory — premiered his composition, Soundings, and blew everyone away; since then, the event has become famous for its creative edge, and this year was no exception.”

Attendees of the event were treated to a cocktail reception, dinner, and the outstanding musical talents of internationally recognized conductor Gustavo Dudamel, master violinist Itzhak Perlman, and the man of the evening, famed film composer John Williams.

Williams, whose 49 Academy Award nominations are second only to Walt Disney himself, treated guests of the Los Angeles Philharmonic to an exhaustive program that included Oscar-winning songs from Schindler’s List and Fiddler on the Roof.

To learn more about the event, and how you can get involved with The James & Paula Coburn Foundation, please visit

About the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Founded by William Andrews Clark, Jr., a 42-year-old amateur musician, lawyer, and art patron, the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed its first concert on Friday, October 24, 1919, in Trinity Auditorium with its first Music Director, Walter Henry Rothwell. The Philharmonic gave concerts in Philharmonic Auditorium from 1920 through the end of the 1963/64 season. In 1964, the orchestra moved to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center, which was its winter home until their final performances there in May 2003. The orchestra moved to its new home, the 2,265-seat Walt Disney Concert Hall, when it opened in October 2003.

About the James & Paula Coburn Foundation
The James and Paula Coburn Foundation (JPCF) is a tax-exempt private foundation that supports charitable organizations devoted to the arts and sciences. The mission of the JPCF is to sustain and develop the Coburns’ legacy, as bequeathed to the LA Philharmonic, the LA County Museum of Art, KCET Community Television, the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and Operation Smile, in addition to, charities involved in the conduct of treatments or cures for cancer and the care of indigent cancer patients. The foundation is committed to upholding the Coburns’ dedication to local and international advancement through music, art, and education, as well as, physical and spiritual health.

The JPCF is organized as a 501(c)3 charitable trust and operates its main office in Los Angeles, California.

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