The last Saturday night of the 2022 Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters is not to be missed! Experience the most spectacular event of the year at the Festival’s newly dubbed Wonderful World Soirée on Saturday, August 27th for a jam-packed night of fine art, living pictures, NEW strolling entertainment, giveaways, and so much more! Tickets are available at www.pageanttickets.com. Funds raised will benefit the non-profit organization and its programming.
The biggest bash of the season, the Festival of Arts’ Wonderful World Soirée will welcome the legendary Priscilla Presley to introduce an exclusive performance of the Pageant’s popular production of “Wonderful World”; and Arturo Sandoval, a 10-time Grammy award winner, will perform an intimate concert on the Festival’s green. Guests will also enjoy the artwork of 120 talented artists featured at the Festival of Arts.
Special for this night only, attendees will be amazed by strolling international-themed performers, including traditional Chinese Lion Dancers and African Stilt Walkers, plus fun photo ops, and so much more! Looking to elevate your night even more? Purchase a limited Loge Center seat and be treated to a one-hour early entrance at 4:30pm for a private Wine Reception with gift bag, hosted by Celebrity Cruises. The doors to Wonderful World Soirée will open at 5:30pm for all non-Loge Center ticket holders.
Sharbie Higuchi, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Festival of Arts is enthusiastic about this year’s red-carpet event. “We are so excited to debut a slightly different gala-style event for our patrons and members. This year, the attendees are the star of the show- they will be walking the red carpet, taking photo ops, and surrounded by entertainment everywhere they look. I’m especially excited for the Chinese Lion Dancers!”
Following the concert with Arturo Sandoval, the winning ticket for a 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge ($60,690 value) will be drawn just before the Pageant of the Masters begins by actress, producer, and businesswoman Priscilla Presley. This is the exciting conclusion of a summer-long raffle. Since July 5th, visitors have been purchasing their raffle tickets in hopes of being the lucky winner. Raffle tickets will continue to be sold right up until 8pm that night: $5 for one ticket, $20 for five tickets (winning ticket holder need not be present to win).
Tickets for the Wonderful World Soirée are on sale now and range from $65–$290. There will be limited and open seating for Arturo Sandoval’s performance and assigned seating for the Pageant of the Masters. This ticket is also a season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, which is open through September 2nd. The event is sponsored by Volvo Cars, Celebrity Cruises, KOST 103.5 and Yamaha.
To purchase tickets, go online to www.PageantTickets.com or call 1-800-487-3378. The Festival of Arts is a non-profit organization that produces the Festival of Arts and the Pageant of the Masters. A portion of your ticket is tax deductible. All proceeds go to art programming at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters and stays in the community.
The Festival of Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has always been a local leader that has helped with the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Established in 1932, the Festival of Arts’ mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. For nearly every summer for 90 years, the Festival of Arts has produced two world-class events: The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Together both shows attract more than 225,000 visitors each year.
Priscilla Presley became an instant audience favorite portraying Jenna Wade on Dallas, the most successful evening “soap-opera” style television drama of its time. During her five years on the series, she generated mass audience appeal, becoming one of the show’s most popular leading ladies. Priscilla then displayed her comedic talents in the box office smash The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, reprising her role in The Naked Gun 2½ and The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult. Born in New York, her father’s career as an Air Force officer enabled the family to travel extensively.
She attended high school in Wiesbaden, West Germany, where she met her future husband, Elvis Presley. Although Priscilla and Elvis divorced in 1973, they remained very close until the time of his death. In 1979, Priscilla became co-executor of the Presley Estate and has since brought the Presley Estate from a burgeoning entity into a phenomenally successful organization consisting of the famous Graceland Mansion, a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, music publishing, and television and video projects. Priscilla continues to be a steward of the Elvis Presley legacy.
She served as an executive producer and was closely involved in the creation and development of two No. 1 Elvis Presley albums (If I Can Dream & The Wonder of You) and a sold out UK & European live concert arena tour.For 25 years Priscilla has continued to serve as Ambassador to Dream Foundation, the only charity that grants final wishes to terminally ill adults. She is an Executive Producer on the upcoming Sony/Netflix animated series Agent King, fulfilling the dream of Elvis always wanting to be a Federal secret agent.
Arturo Sandoval is one of the most brilliant, multifaceted and renowned musicians of our time! Although he is an acknowledged virtuoso of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, he is just as dynamic and vivacious on the piano, timbales, vocals and keyboard. He delights in presenting a diverse and exhilarating show featuring Afro-Cuban Jazz, Be Bop, straight ahead Jazz and so much more.He is by far, one of the world’s foremost entertainers, having been seen by millions performing live at the Oscars, the Grammys, at the White House, and the industry’s most esteemed Performing Arts Centers and Festivals.Sandoval is a celebrated classical artist as well as composer who has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards, 6 Billboard Awards, an Emmy, the Hispanic Heritage Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, and was recently honored with a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the prestigious Notre-Dame University.