50th Anniversary Benefit Concert with Diana Krall


Centrum Benefit Concert & Gala

An Evening with Centrum Alumna Diana Krall

Monday, July 10, 2023

celebrating 50 transformational years
of changing lives through the arts

As of May 16, twenty seats were released by the artist for sale to the public. This event will be sold-out.

The Benefit Concert
5:00 p.m. | McCurdy Pavilion

Diana Krall with John Clayton (bass), Jeff Hamilton (drums), and Anthony Wilson (guitar) and special opening artists, Pharis and Jason Romero

When she applied for a scholarship to attend Jazz Port Townsend in 1984, Diana Krall was 19 years old and had recently left the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Centrum, she met drummer Jeff Hamilton, a member of the influential West Coast jazz quartet The L.A. 4. A few weeks later, Hamilton brought legendary jazz bassist Ray Brown to hear her perform. Ms. Krall invited the two musicians to her family’s home, and the two convinced Krall’s mother that her daughter could “make it in jazz.” Krall soon thereafter moved to Los Angeles and began her meteoric rise as one of the world’s leading jazz vocalists and pianists. She has since sold over 15 million albums, including nine gold, three platinum, and seven multiplatinum albums.

In addition to Jeff Hamilton, she has worked with Port Townsend Jazz Artistic Director, John Clayton since her first album in 1992, in a collaboration that has spanned decades and created some of the most indelible jazz recordings of our time.

Our opening act features fellow British Columbians Pharis and Jason Romero, and their sumptuous brand of American folk music. These world-class musicians, all of whom have deep connections to Centrum, reflect the profound influence of our programs on artists across the world. We can think of no better way to celebrate the legacy of Centrum than with these supremely-talented musicians…and with you!



Gala Concert Sponsors
The M. Jean Fisher Memorial Trust | Carl Westphal
Anne and Dick Schneider
Jock and Sonchen Patton

The Gala Dinner
7:30 p.m. | Fort Worden Commons

Private post-concert Dinner and Premiere Dessert Auction, and Fund-a-Dream Paddle Raise with Auctioneer Laura Michalek

Limited space may be available for a private post-concert gala dinner, during which funds will be raised to fuel Centrum’s programs and scholarship fund. Past Centrum gala supporters are offered the first right of refusal to attend the dinner. Gala dinner seats are $300 per person, and include VIP seats for the performance.

*Please note that due to tour demands, Ms. Krall may not attend the dinner portion of the evening.

For inquiries, contact Katy Goodman, Senior Director of Development, at (360) 385-3102 x104 or kgoodman@centrum.org


Gala Dinner Sponsors
Centrum Board of Directors

Thanks to our underwriting sponsors, all proceeds from this evening will benefit Centrum’s programs and scholarship fund for participants.






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