Today the Los Angeles Times broke the news of Warner and Carol Henry’s $1.5 million gift to LACO.

It is the single largest gift in the Orchestra’s history.

The extraordinary gift endows the principal oboe chair, to be titled the “Allan Vogel Chair, endowed by the Henry Family,” which is named in honor of Allan Vogel, who served as LACO’s much beloved principal oboe for 44 years until his retirement in June 2016.

Allan Vogel

“How wonderful that my dear friends Warner and Carol Henry have so generously ensured the vitality of LACO’s oboe section well into the future,” says Vogel. “Music lovers and musicians in our community are truly fortunate that the Henrys are such passionate supporters. They glow with selfless appreciation of our art.”

The Henrys’ gift will also help support LACO’s Baroque Conversations series and the Orchestra’s performance of Baroque repertoire, a particular passion of the Henrys, as well as an expanded commitment to chamber music.

“How wonderful that my dear friends Warner and Carol Henry have so generously ensured the vitality of LACO’s oboe section well into the future.” – Allan Vogel, retired principal oboist

“Carol and I are drawn to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and many other top L.A. musical ensembles for the same reason Neville Marriner was fifty years ago,” explains Warner Henry. “He beamed when telling visitors how overcome he was with the quality of the musicians in this city; the same is true for us. Chamber music stirs very deep passions. We also have a deep love for Baroque music and know so many others who go ape for it as well.”

The Henrys have also given generously of their time and leadership. Warner Henry, who served on LACO’s Board of Directors and now sits as an Emeritus Board Member, has provided more than four decades of leadership service to the Orchestra. Both Carol and Warner Henry are LACO ambassadors who further the Orchestra’s community partnerships and collaborations, the Henrys have also been major underwriters of Baroque Conversations since its inception. Over the years, they have hosted numerous LACO fundraisers and donor stewardship events, and served as gala chairs in 2013. The Henrys were honored at LACO’s 2011 concert gala.

Their passion for music is a gift that the Orchestra will always treasure! Thank you Carol and Warner!

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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra receives historic gift of $1.5 million

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