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Apple Tree Arts presents April in Paris Gala

Grafton, MA. April 11, 2019  . . . Enjoy a beautiful Parisian evening at Apple Tree Arts’ April in Paris Gala April 27, 7:00-10:00 p.m. featuring live popular and jazz music, dancing, French hors d’oeuvres and desserts, cocktails  (cash bar) and auction items at the Great Hall, One Grafton Common in Grafton. General admission is $50.   VIP admission costs $75 and includes a 6:00 p.m. start time with a special performance, feature appetizer and signature event cocktail. Catering is by Peppers Artful Events. Cocktail attire is suggested. To purchase tickets, visit:  or drop by Apple Tree Arts’ office at One Grafton Common.

“We want party goers to feel like they have been transported to a place as lovely as Paris when they come to our Gala fundraiser at our restored performance arts venue, the Great Hall,” Gala Chair Liz Spinney said. “The theme lets us be creative with décor, music and food. We’ll have many beautiful twinkling lights in the hall, a jazz quartet, sultry vocalists and an all French menu with hors d’oeuvres like petite croque monsieur and many other delicacies,” Ms. Spinney said.

Several musical entertainers will perform a variety of music in the spacious room decorated in the ambience of the city of lights. During the VIP hour, the Kelly Clark Quartet will play jazz standards. Vocalist and pianist Stephanie Sarkisian will perform popular music and will be accompanied by trombonist Russell Jewell on a few numbers. Soprano Christina Pierro will sing Broadway show tunes and join Ms. Sarkisian in a duet.

Apple Tree Arts thanks its sponsors including KPMG, LLP and Rick Geoffroy and UNIBANK, platinum; Yesod Foundation Inc., gold; and Centage Corporation, silver.

The nonprofit community school of the arts appreciates the many in-kind donations businesses have given to the 2019 Gala. Several of these in-kind donations include: Disney World Hopper passes ($800 value), a two-night stay at Bayside Resort, Huntington Theatre tickets, Newport Vineyards wine tasting, Merrimack Repertory Theatre tickets, golf foursome at Highfields Golf and Country Club, Newport Mansion tickets, Vineyard Vines men’s necktie, Blue Man Group Boston tickets, Escape Games Worcester passes and Total Wine & More wine tasting party for 20. Restaurant gift certificates include Anzio’s Brick Oven Pizza, Arturo’s Ristorante, Hunter’s Grille & Tap at the Grafton Inn and Reunion Tap and Table. Sponsorships are available.

“The Gala committee welcomes the community to come and enjoy a night of entertainment provided by Apple Tree Arts’ accomplished faculty and friends in the restored hall,” Ms. Spinney said. “We appreciate the support of so many people and businesses to help us fundraise for our operations so we may continue to offer high-quality music and theatre arts programming,” she added.

In October, Apple Tree Arts announced the Grafton Performing Arts Series with the debut of a sold-out Tom Rush concert and three chamber music concerts with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra. An additional summer concert for the 2018-2019 season will be announced soon featuring a legendary performing artist. The Great Hall has become the venue of choice for performances, professional meetings and concerts since the final renovations were completed to enhance the use of the proscenium stage.

Founded in 1989, Apple Tree Arts, a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization has grown to serve over 1,500 children and adults annually with early childhood music classes, group keyboard lessons, private music and voice instruction, ensembles, theatre arts programs and community events and concerts.  For more information, visit