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Gala at the Galleries, May 19

Image of a mardi gra like mask, illustrating this year's Phantom of the Opera theme for the 2018 FOA Gala at the Galleries.

The mystery, music, and masks from the Phantom of the Opera will provide the backdrop for the 2018 Gala at the Galleries.

The mystery, music, and masks from the Phantom of the Opera will provide the backdrop for the 2018 Gala at the Galleries.

Celebrate art, music, theatre, and dance beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the University Galleries, Uptown Normal. The event is sponsored by Illinois State University Friends of the Arts.

Get in the spirit of this lyrical musical set in 1890s Paris and wear your best opera attire to walk the red carpet that evening. Wear a mask or pick one up at the door.

Throughout the evening, enjoy silent and live auctions and live entertainment by students, faculty, and community members. Heavy appetizers and complimentary wine, beer, and soda are included with admission.

Tickets are $60 per person. Proceeds support scholarships and grants for College of Fine Arts students. Reservations available online until Thursday, May 17. Limited reservations available at the door until capacity is reached.

Friends of the Arts (FOA) is a community-based organization partnering with Illinois State University’s Foundation and the College of Fine Arts. Last year, FOA provided over $50,000 to fine arts students including $15,000 in project grants and $40,000 in scholarships.

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