The Los Angeles Opera has announced a $5 million gift from Terri and Jerry Kohl in support of the LA Opera Orchestra.
The gift will support the sixty-two core members and additional players of the orchestra who were sidelined due to COVID-19 closures. With the gift, the couple will become the sole underwriters of the orchestra. The opera is planning an outdoor performance of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex this summer — the first in-person performance for the full orchestra since last March.
The Kohls own the Los Angeles-based Brighton Collectibles and have been supporters of LA Opera since 2008.
"Terri and I are passionate about live music performances, but we care even more about the individual musicians who make those treasured experiences possible," said Jerry Kohl. "For more than a year, the lives and careers of classical musicians have been completely upended by the pandemic. We want to do everything in our power to ensure that the organizations that employ them, giving them the opportunities to share their talents with our communities, have the resources they need for returning to live performances as soon as possible. The LA Opera Orchestra is comprised of dozens of the nation's top players, many of whom have become friends. It is a true honor for Terri and me to be associated with this orchestra, LA Opera, and the outstanding service they provide to our community."