Alyce Williamson was honored at Colburn School’s annual gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall. She, along with acclaimed dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, each received the Richard D. Colburn Award.
“Ms. Williamson is a steadfast champion of cultural organizations up and down Grand Avenue and throughout Los Angeles,” said Colburn School President and CEO Sel Kardan. “She is a consummate role model for leaders and philanthropists, and a tireless ambassador for the performing arts and arts education. It is with honor that we dedicate this gala to her and her legacy.”
Williamson is an active board member of such esteemed cultural institutions as the Music Center, L.A. Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design. She is also a member of the board of overseers of the Huntington Library. A longstanding and honorary board member of the Blue Ribbon group of the Music Center, she is the founder of Art Center 100. Beyond her extensive contributions to the arts world, Williamson is also a trustee emeritus of Scripps College and past member of the board of trustees of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and is a member of the National Advisory Council of the School of American Ballet.
Together with her husband, Warren (Spud) Williamson, who is a past chairman of the Art Center Board of Trustees and a former Times Mirror director, Alyce continues to have a profound and far-reaching impact on the cultural and civic vitality throughout Los Angeles.
“Alyce’s tireless leadership and inimitable spirit have made an indelible mark on the cultural life of Los Angeles, Pasadena and beyond,” a gala spokesperson said. “Through her exemplary volunteerism, immense generosity and force of will, she has elevated the profile of the city of Los Angeles in the national and international arts scene.”
Colburn’s gala co-chairs included Bea and Paul Bennett, Adele and Gordon Binder, and David D. Colburn. The gala concert program included a world premiere of a new work choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, featuring the songs of Irving Berlin, and performed by Colburn School Dance Academy students. Bernstein’s “Candide Overture” and Prokofiev’s “Romeo & Juliet Suite” were performed by the Colburn Orchestra, led by guest conductor Christian Arming.
Located in downtown Los Angeles, the Colburn School’s campus boasts state-of-the-art performance and rehearsal spaces. Each season, the school presents more than 300 concerts and performances, many of which are free and open to the public, at its downtown home and throughout Southern California.