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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The Academy of Music’s second annual gala will offer a taste of performances slated to grace the theatre’s stage in the coming months accompanied by the fine cuisine of the grand Hotel Northampton.

The signature event, the “Season Premier Gala” Thursday, Sept. 4, links two of the city’s great historic landmarks for an evening of entertainment and fine dining to benefit the storied theatre.

The evening will begin at 6 o’clock with hors d’ouvres and cocktails in the hotel lobby, followed by seating at 7 for a sumptuous dinner in the Grand Ballroom presented by the chefs of the Hotel Northampton.

Throughout the evening, guests will be treated to performances by the community-based theatrical, musical and dance groups that are resident companies of the theatre. Those include the Commonwealth Opera, the Pioneer Valley Ballet, Pioneer Arts Center of Easthampton, Old Deerfield Productions, Pioneer Valley Symphony and Jane Hanson Productions.

A short film produced by WGBY-Springfield will cap the event by highlighting original live performances presented last season at the Academy of Music.

The nation’s oldest municipally owned theater, the Academy of Music enriches the quality of life in greater Northampton by offering first-class performing arts and film presentations.

Individual seating is available for $120 per ticket and can be purchased at the Hotel Northampton, 36 King St. Tables of 10 are $1,000. To reserve a table, contact Debra J’Anthony, executive director at the Academy of Music Theatre, at [email protected] Funds raised will support operations and ongoing improvements to the 19th century building.