2023-04-08 – 21:00 h

Los Angeles Master Chorale will celebrate its 2023 Gala at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, honoring 2023 Grammy Award-winning composer Germaine Franco and LA Arts Recovery Fund.


The date, Friday, April 14th, to celebrate a spectacular evening of music and songs by GRAMMY Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated composer Germaine Franco, with music uniquely inspired by traditional folklorica, band, indigenous, and African musical sounds of Mexico and South America, along with classic choral works, beautifully sung by the stunning voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and guest artists including Luis Conte (percussion) Alex Acuna (percussion) Federico Ramos (guitar) George Doering (guitar) Andy Abad (guitar) Carlos del Puerto (bass) and Pedro Eustache (world flutes), not to mention the guest singers, Danny Duran and Toni Scruggs.


Official description:



GERMAINE FRANCO is an Oscar-nominated composer, music producer, percussionist and educator who combines her passion for music with her technical and orchestral expertise across a multitude of projects. Franco is the first woman to score a Disney animated feature film with 2021’s Encanto, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score, an SCL Award for Outstanding Original Score, an Annie Award for Best Music in a Feature, a Grammy Award win for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (including Film and Television) and a Billboard Music Award for Best Soundtrack.


Germaine co-wrote and produced five of Coco’s six original songs with co-director, Adrian Molina, including “Un Poco Loco” and “Proud Corazón”, and provided additional music. In 2018, Univision celebrated her work as one of “15 Latinas Who Are Changing The World As We Know It,” alongside Rita Moreno and Emma Gonzalez. Franco is an advocate of music education and serves on the Advisory Board for Women In Media and The Neighborhood Music School.


Germaine’s work is heard in concert halls around the world including the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Puerto Rico Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic, among others. Franco holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music from the Rice Shepherd School of Music.



The LA Arts Recovery Fund was created to provide support to small and mid-sized nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in LA County as they rebuild and re-imagine a new path forward, providing grants and resources to assist with long-term recovery. In 2021, after raising over $40 million from more than 25 local and national contributors, the Fund awarded 90 organizations unrestricted, multi-year general operating support grants. The nonprofit grant recipients span visual arts, theater, music, dance, literary arts, and arts education and demonstrate exceptional regional and local significance in LA County.


    • GERMAINE FRANCO – La Limpia from Vida (sung in Nahuatl)
    • JUAN GUTIÉRREZ DE PADILLA – Mirabilia testimonia tua


    • GERMAINE FRANCO – Music from Disney’s Encanto
      • I Need You
      • Antonio’s Voice
      • El Camino de Mirabel
    • GERMAINE FRANCO – Music from Dora and the Lost City of Gold
      • He Has Angered the Gods
    • CARLOS GUASTAVINO – Quién fuera como el jazmin
    • OSCAR GALIÁN – Salseo
    • GERMAINE FRANCO – Music from Little
      • Mama Says
      • Black Girl Magic Theme
      • I’m Back – featuring Toni Scruggs
    • GERMAINE FRANCO – Music from Disney’s Coco
      • The World Es Mi Familia
      • Un poco loco
      • Proud Corazón
    • QUIRINO MEDOZA Y CORTÉS – Cielito Lindo


When: Friday, April 14, 2023 at 19:00h (18h reception / 19h concert / 20h dinner)

Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Tickets: $ 40-115 / Premium Packages starting $ 1000 (37-105€ / 916 €) – https://lamasterchorale.org/gala-2023.php

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1154417081914593



  • 18h – Reception – Mix and mingle in the Blue Ribbon Garden while enjoying tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, a hosted bar and live music.
  • 19h – Concert – The Los Angeles Master Chorale and Special Guest Artists perform selected songs by Artistic Honoree Germaine Franco.
  • 20h – Dinner – Delight in a three-course dinner seated among featured musicians, honorees, and members of our honorary gala host committee. Exciting live auction with exclusive trips and experiences.