Join Pittsburgh Festival Opera at Gala Cubanaour fundraising gala on Saturday 22 April 2017 at the Pittsburgh Golf Club, Schenley Park, Squirrel Hill. 

gala invitation

It's hard to portray the incredible diversity of the Cuban people with a single event or image. We love how the many influences from Cuba's history—Taíno, Spain and Portugal, Africa, and the Caribbean—all come together, bringing together customs, traditions, and colors. It is in that spirit that we celebrate 
Gala Cubana.

Guests will gather for a celebration of Cuban culture and music to raise funds for the company’s education programs, which bring free programs to area pre-K, elementary, and middle school students, introducing the joys of telling stories through music. The event features Cuban food, music, and dance, and the first U.S. performance of excerpts from Roberto Valera and Charles Koppelman's Cubanacán—the first new Cuban opera in 50 years!

The evening kicks off with Cuban cocktails and authentic Afro-Cuban dance, where guests can mingle with artists, educators, and our board of directors, who have helped make our Opera Tots!, Buzzword Pittsburgh, and Opera in the Schools programs so successful. Dinner, entertainment, dessert, drinks, dancing, and live and silent auctions follow.


There are two ways to attend:


Gala Cubana

Arrive at 6:00 pm to revel in the complete Cuban experience, including:

  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Cash bar, featuring mojitos and daiquiris (your first drink's on us!)
  • Rum Tasting Bar
  • Photo booth
  • Afro-Cuban dance performance
  • Tropical fashion show by designer Lana Neumeyer
  • Dinner
  • Musical performances
  • Silent and Live Auctions
  • Dancing to Miguel Sague III and Guaracha
  • Dessert buffet

Some limited tickets may be available—please call the office at 412-621-1499 to inquire about availability


Fiesta Cubana

Arrive at 8:15 pm and join the party in progress...

  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Cash bar, featuring mojitos and daiquiris
  • Rum Tasting Bar
  • Photo booth
  • Dancing to Miguel Sague III and Guaracha
  • Dessert buffet





Three tropical-inspired menu choices have been created by the Pittsburgh Golf Club's executive chef Mike Wagner:

  • Marinated flatiron steak served with a chimichurri sauce
  • Chicken cutlet milanese with a cilantro pesto sauce
  • Fish steamed in banana leaf with a pepper and onion confit

All menu options served with traditional Cuban side dishes, including salad, white rice, black beans, and plantains. Please let us know if you have particular dietary needs that we can accommodate.




Miguel Sague III/Guaracha





Teanna Medina


stephanie ramos

Stephanie Ramos 


What to Wear

We hope you'll be inspired to attend in Cuban attire. Cuba's location in the Caribbean offers deep blue skies, white sand beaches, a multitude of tropical flowers and plants, and bold colors, not to mention incredible diversity in people and cultures. Here are some images to stimulate your imagination..