A $1.5 million gift to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has created the position of principal oboe chair in honor of Allan Vogel, who retired last year after serving as the orchestra’s principal oboe for 44 years, it was announced Friday.
Largest Donation In Ensemble History
The orchestra received the donation — the largest in the ensemble’s history — from philanthropists Carol and Warner Henry, who have consistently been among its top donors since the early 1970s, said Scott Harrison, the chamber orchestra’s executive director.
The Henrys’ gift will also help support the orchestra’s Baroque Conversations series and performance of repertoire from the era, a particular passion of the Henrys, as well as an expanded commitment to chamber music.
The Henrys Have Supported The Orchestra From The Beginning
The Henrys, who first became involved with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra shortly after its inception, have contributed in excess of $3 million, including earlier donations over the past four decades totaling $1.5 million for operational support and their Baroque Challenge, which inspired audience members to give an additional $400,000 for artistic programming, Harrison said.
“Ensured The Strength Of LACO’s Oboe Section Well Into The Future”
“How wonderful that my dear friends Warner and Carol Henry have so generously ensured the strength of LACO’s oboe section well into the future,” Vogel said. “Music lovers and musicians in our community are truly fortunate that the Henrys are such passionate supporters.”
Claire Brazeau was appointed principal oboist of the orchestra following Vogel’s retirement.