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On Saturday, August 29, community members are encouraged to attend Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s annual Black Tie Gala and enjoy “Black Voices of Opera” at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston.

The event begins at 6 p.m. complete with wine, tapas-style hors d’oeuvres, and a millionaire-themed silent auction. Following the reception, at 7 p.m., attendees will enjoy a special concert featuring some of the most beautiful music ever composed, sung by a collection of African American opera singers. After the concert, guests are invited back to the art gallery to nibble on decadent desserts, sip from flutes of sparkling champagne, and dance into the late night with music spun by DJ Rob Simmons.

Tickets to attend FJT’s Gala are $50 when purchased in advance online at fjtheatre.com or in person. Tickets can be purchased from the community centers and Morton Civic Center, Room 1100, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. If purchased at the door on the day of the event, tickets will cost $65. 

All guests are encouraged to dress in evening wear. For large ticket orders or special accommodations, please call 847-866-5915.

To help make the gala a success, volunteers age 21 and older are needed from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to help serve wine and hor d’oeuvres throughout the night. To register to volunteer, visit VolunteerEvanston.org.

The highly anticipated gala will mark the end of the theatre’s successful Summertime Season, which featured plays “Why Not Me? A Sammy Davis Jr. Story;” “The Vagina Monologues;” and “Maya’s Last Poem,” which runs from August 8 through August 23. To purchase tickets for “Maya’s Last Poem,” visit fjtheatre.com.