Purchase your gala tickets, and consider joining our honorary committee


$300 Benny Goodman Level: Name on mailed invitations and in gala program; special seating at gala; lovely take home gift; $25 coupon towards one of next season's popular wine-tastings;  private tour of the historic WW2 airplanes the night of the gala

$225 Lauren Bacall Level: Name on mailed invitations and in gala program; lovely take home gift; $15 coupon to one of our regular season concerts

$150 General Admission



Musicians of Ma'alwyck graciously thanks the following generous individuals for their contributions to our Annual Gala

Benny Goodman Level

  • Thomas Baker
  • Phillip Barker
  • Michael & Linda Barnas
  • George & Charmaine Dersham
  • Laura Dike & Vaughn Miller
  • Anthony Esposito
  • Diane Henningson
  • Michael Murphy
  • Elizabeth O'Neil
  • Chet & Karen Opalka
  • Kathleen Quandt
  • Dr. Charles F. Schwartz 
  • Brian & Melanie Sheldon
  • William Tuthill & Gregory Anderson
  • Hannelore Wilfert & Karl Moschner

Lauren Bacall Level

  • Aimee Allaud
  • Charlotte Buchanan
  • Prentiss Carnell
  • Susan Clarke
  • Michael & Ellen Cuddy
  • Albert De Salvo
  • Geraldine Deseve
  • Michael R. Devall & Elizabeth Rutland
  • Catherine Dickert
  • June & Bruce Dieffenbach 
  • William Harris & Holly Katz
  • Jeanette James
  • Agnes Leahy
  • Jane McCloskey
  • Michael Nofal
  • MaryKate Owens
  • Martha Rozett
  • Charlotte Wilson




Ticket sales are now closed. You can still make a donation here:



Enjoy this video of Marlene Dietrich impersonator Justyna Kostek, who will perform at our Gala: 








Saturday, April 20, 2024, 6:00pm

Musicians of Ma’alwyck’s Annual Gala—Stage Door Canteen: A 1940s Themed Benefit for our June 2024 opera production A Waterbird Talk and for our 25th anniversary season (2024-25)

The Hangar at 743 on the tarmac of the Albany Airport serves as the incredible gala venue. This space is both a WW2 aircraft museum and a repair facility for WW2 planes. The gala room is entirely furnished with tables and appointments crafted from vintage airplane parts. Our evening includes appetizers and a full dinner, wine and beer bar, as well as a signature WW2 cocktail. Food is provided by Crafted Catering, Chef Will Brown, a rising star in the industry. Accompanied by Musicians of Ma'alwyck, Marlene Dietrich will take the stage following her recent USO Tour! Just kidding, of course! An amazing impersonator will bring her spirit to life. Throughout the evening will be dancing, performances, WW2 movies and lots of celebrating.

Consider purchasing a ticket at one of the Honorary Committee levels and be an integral part of the Gala's success. Honorary Committee levels are at $300 and $225. General admission tickets are $150. Tickets can be purchased at the top of this page, or CLICK HERE.  

Interested in becoming a corporate sponsor of the 2024 Stage Door Canteen Gala? Benefits offered include displaying your company's logo in lights at the Gala, an opportunity to greet attendees during the event, program ads for this and future events, and tickets to the Gala. For more information, contact Caroline Brown, Gala Committee Chair, at carolineflemingbrown@gmail.com. 

Proceeds from this gala fundraiser will benefit Musicians of Ma'alwyck's June 2024 opera production A Waterbird Talk and our 25th anniversary season (2024-25).

The Gala will take place Saturday, April 20, 2024, 6:00pm at the Hangar at 743 - 743 Albany Shaker Rd building 202, Latham, NY 12110

Space is limited – please purchase your ticket and/or sponsorship by April 3 to reserve your spot. 

For questions, contact: Laura Doe, Musicians of Ma’alwyck’s Business and Grants Manager – (518) 512-9479 or laura@musiciansofmaalwyck.org

This event is underwritten in part by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts