Golden Gala

Saturday, June 11, 2022

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The evening's schedule:

5:30PM Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
6:30PM Dinner and Program
8:00PM Golden Afterglow Party with the Diamond Empire Band and John Holiday

Krause Gateway Center
1459 Grand Ave, Des Moines

Black tie evening or other formal attire; golden glamour encouraged

Join us in one of downtown Des Moines’ most distinguished recent additions­­—the Krause Gateway Center, designed by the internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano, and located across from the striking views of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

The celebration begins at 5:30 with cocktails on the beautiful grounds of the Krause Gateway Center, followed by dinner indoors with shimmering vocal fireworks delivered by DMMO’s mainstage artists. After dessert, the festivities swing onto the dancefloor with the Diamond Empire Band, who will be joined by the vocal stylings of DMMO's own John Holiday for a few special musical selections!

Stay tuned for the full Golden Gala menu developed by Chef Michael LaValle.

The Evening's Entertainment

The Diamond Empire Band is a group of live music experts and party starters who specialize in high-energy music for festivals, weddings, corporate events, and private functions. They infuse every event with energy and fun and pride themselves on filling dance floors.

Check out a video of the Diamond Empire Band >

Joining Diamond Empire Band for a few select numbers is countertenor John Holiday, who has established himself as “one of the finest countertenors of his generation” (Los Angeles Times). His voice has been praised as “a thing of astonishing beauty” (New Yorker), “arrestingly powerful, secure and dramatically high” (Wall Street Journal), “exceptional [and] strong...even in its highest range” (The New York Times) and “timeless” (Washington Post). Holiday’s unique voice and powerful story have been the subject of profiles in The New Yorker, CNN’s Great Big Story, Los Angeles Times, and more.

John made his DMMO debut in 2018 singing the role of the Refugee in Dove/de Angelis' Flight and will return this summer for an exciting role debut as the Fairy King Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Read Mr. Holiday's full bio >