For Immediate Release Press Contact: Beth Purcell
February 18, 2012 email@example.com
Arsenal Center for the Arts Announces Annual Benefit:
Big Band Meets Broadway
The Arsenal Center for the Arts will be swingin’ when a 16-piece big band meets
Broadway favorites on March 24, 2012. In the grand tradition of the Big Band, a.k.a. the
Swing Era, the program will feature original jazz arrangements of tunes adapted from their
Broadway context. The arrangements have been written by bandleader Larry Monroe and
played only once before at the San Juan Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico. This concert is the
Arsenal Center for the Arts’ annual benefit featuring the music of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin,
Rodgers, Kern and others in a program led by celebrated saxophonist Larry Monroe, with
veteran vocalist Donna McElroy. The Charles Mosesian Award for Support of the Arts will
be presented to brothers Bruce A. Beal and Robert L. Beal of the Beal Companies.
The evening begins at 6:45 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception, followed by the
concert at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50.00 and may be reserved by calling 617-923-8487 or by
The Charles Mosesian Award for Support of the Arts is given annually to an
individual or corporation that enriches the lives of artists, arts organizers and the public by
supporting the arts with an outstanding commitment. The award is named in honor of the
man who exemplified his commitment to the arts by providing the initial one million dollars
that established the Arsenal Center for the Arts building campaign.
Like the late Charles Mosesian, this year’s recipients are community leaders who promote
the importance of the arts through word and deed. Brothers Bruce A. and Robert L.
Beal are fourth generation owners of a successful family-run commercial real estate
company that was started by their great grandfather in 1888. The Beal Companies are
deeply involved in the greater Boston community, including several philanthropic and arts
organizations throughout New England such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the
Harvard Art Museums. They endowed the Beal Curatorship at the Department of
Contemporary Art at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bruce has been collecting art for more
than half a century and is currently sitting for a Master's degree in Asian Art at University
College London (UCL/SOAS), where he also lectures on Modern and Contemporary Art.
Joyce Kulhawik, the first recipient of the Charles Mosesian Award, will present the
award to the Beal brothers. Kulhawik is best known as the Emmy Award-winning Arts &
Entertainment critic for WBZ-TV, CBS Boston. She is currently lending her expertise as an
arts advocate and cancer crusader all over the region. A past co-host of both “Hot Ticket”
with Leonard Maltin and “Roger Ebert and the Movies,” Kulhawik is the President of the
Boston Theatre Critics Association and member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. She
also writes for Exhale magazine and blogs at Joyceschoices.com.
Larry Monroe is a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, clinician, and adjudicator who
has taught and performed internationally for over forty years. He leads his own octet and
has also performed with such artists as Lou Rawls, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony
Bennett, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and others. Monroe is a Vice President at Berklee
College of Music, where he has served in various capacities for the past forty years.
Donna McElroy is a local jazz stylist and veteran of the music industry. This artist has
done it all from Country to Rock and Roll, from traditional Gospel to Broadway, and landed
in Boston to enrich the Voice Department at Berklee with her wide range of vocal skills
and anecdotal style of encouragement to young singers. She has taught at Berklee the last
sixteen years, and been a mentor to thousands of young musicians. Refreshing in her
approach to improvisation, Donna has a personality as sharp as the charts she sings.
Located in Watertown, MA, the Arsenal Center for the Arts is a vibrant multidisciplinary
venue that houses the 380-seat Charles Mosesian Theater and a 90-seat Black Box
theater. Regular offerings include gallery exhibits, art classes and workshops for children
and adults, musical concerts (from jazz to contemporary) and literary/art discussions. A
fine arts and crafts retail shop, artist studios, and three resident companies (New
Repertory Theatre, Watertown Children’s Theatre & The Quilters’ Connection) share the
space. This unique architectural landmark is available for corporate rentals, birthday
parties and events. Membership information at www.arsenalarts.org or call (617) 923-
0100. Ten minutes from Boston, the Arsenal Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization located at 321 Arsenal Street with free parking.