Tuesday February 4, 2020, 6:30 pm

Vadym Kholodenko & Alexander Kobrin

The Blue Candlelight Music Series

cordially invite you to join us for an unprecedented fundraising event

Cliburn Gold for Hearts of Gold

A gala dinner and duo piano concert featuring two acclaimed Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalists Vadym Kholodenko & Alexander Kobrin

Performing in honor of beloved Dallas arts patrons, Richard and Enika Schulze. Proceeds will support the inaugural BCMS/Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts Master Class Program.

  Richard and Enika Schulze

Richard grew up in a rural area near Buffalo, NY, the son of a German emigrant and an American mother who was the oldest of 13 children. He earned an engineering degree from Princeton University where he developed an interest in classical music, served afloat in the Navy, and earned an MBA from Northwestern University.  Working for US Steel and Mobil Chemical, he developed new products such as cans for soft drinks (1959) and plastic bags on a roll – ubiquitous around supermarket produce departments (1965).  

Unemployed in 1974 he launched a one-man firm – Trinity Consultants – that became the nation’s leading air quality consulting and compliance firm.  When he sold controlling interest in 2007, it employed 270 staff in 23 offices serving industry. He published 30 technical papers, delivered hundreds of lectures, and co-authored a 400-page academic textbook. The company now employs about 800 staff in over 50 offices.  He invested some of the proceeds in a family foundation that makes grants to cultural and educational organizations. Richard serves on various boards including the Dallas Symphony Foundation, the Dallas Opera Foundation and the Executive Advisory Board of the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University.

Enika was born in the Netherlands and emigrated to the United States as a teenager. She received her college and MBA education in the United States. After serving several years in the Federal Courts, she started a career in the legal publishing field. Enika founded a national paralegal magazine company. She also developed a textbook publishing company, built it to 30 different titles before she sold it to Prentice Hall, now called Pearson Education.

Lately she has focused her attention on nonprofits. She and her husband Richard founded the Richard and Enika Schulze Foundation, through which they have contributed financially to several organizations. They underwrote a challenge grant that enabled funds for construction of staff offices in the Winspear Opera House. They funded the launching of the Institute for Woman Conductors. In addition, they have underwritten and funded many other projects, such as cultural, academic research and educational institutions. They host monthly chamber music concerts in their home and love being surrounded by classical music.

Enika met Richard in Aspen on a ski trip in 1981. In their spare time, Enika and her husband Richard enjoy traveling to Europe and spending time in their condo in Snowmass, Colorado.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30 pm

Enjoy an evening unlike any other in the metroplex – share the stage with these renowned artists as they perform for you on the grand stage of the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring passed hors d’oeuvres and a three course meal the event will be held at:

The Hill Performance Hall at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts

2351 Performance Drive
Richardson, TX 75082

Please reserve by January 31, 2018

BUY NOW! Tickets are $209.50/person

Event SPONSORSHIPS are available HERE. Please call 410.513.9167 for more information.

The Blue Candlelight Music Series is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Please note – for parties of 5 or more or for credit card payments please visit the website to place your reservation, select your meal and make your payment securely.