Pop-Up Concert featuring Simone Sala

Start time 2024-04-23 11:44
Finished Time 2024-04-23 11:44

A little Jazz, a little Italian, a few surprises!


Giving new meaning to the phrase “close to the music”, Social Venture Partner’s Pop-Up Concert will allow you to enjoy an evening performance in an intimate setting. Featured musicians include Simone Sala, Jonathan Jones, and Laura Ward.


Money raised from this event with benefit the Children First Fund of Social Venture Partners (SVP). SVP’s unique investment portfolio provides both multi-year general operating support and capacity building to local nonprofit organizations. Since SVP was founded in 2000, we have invested more than $3 million in over 25 local nonprofits. These organizations with who collaborated reached an average growth of 300% in number of clients served.


Attendees are invited to join us before the concert at 5:30 for a Wine & Cheese Pre-Party at the law office of Palter, Stokley, Sims, PLLC.  The office is located at Preston Center East, 8115 Preston Road in the first floor boardroom, across the parking lot from the performance center.


After the concert, you are invited to Nick & Sam’s for an opportunity to meet the Artists.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided, cash bar.    


About the Artists



Simone 2Born in 1982, winner of the Honorary Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic,  Simone Sala is a pianist and composer from Molise (Italy) who has made versatility and eclecticism the epicenter of his artistic message through a repertoire ranging from Classical to Latin Jazz without ignoring Film Music and Songwriting, all reworked in a very personal version.  First degree in 2002 with the highest grades, honors and honorable mention at the Conservatory “L. Perosi” of Campobasso;  thereafter,  at the Southern Methodist University of Dallas, his opportunity to study and achieve the second degree (Certified Artist) thanks to a scholarship. Winner of more than 30 First prizes over a period of 15 years participating in piano competitions all over the world, Simone Sala carries out a continuous concert activity and is involved in the production of musical events, collecting a long series of performances  throughout Italy, as well as in Spain, England, Poland, United States, South America and Thailand. Host of national television programme schedules:Tg2,  Rai 3,  Rai Radio1, RaiRadio2, RaiRadio3,  Isoradio,   Rai International and RadioCapital.  Among  his record productions: “Di Corsa” (2008), “De la buena onda” (2010), “Duende” (2011) and “Notes” (2014).


Simone Sala is also founder and Artistic Director of the “World Music Project”,  an International Music Festival with itinerant character with offices in Molise, now at its 7th edition.


Last updates www.simonesala.com




Laura Smith 7.08 copyLaura Ward is a 4th generation Dallasite who joined The Dallas Foundation in 2007. As Director of Community Philanthropy, Laura manages all The Foundation’s grant-making and scholarship activities. Her responsibilities include evaluating all applications for competitive grants, visiting applicant agencies and recommending grants to the Board of Governors.  She researches community needs, monitors progress on previously awarded grants, and helps develop the Foundation’s strategy for community investments. Laura also oversees the scholarship and community fund programs of The Foundation.  She is a graduate of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, with a degree in opera performance.  She has performed in the United States, Mexico, UK, Israel, Norway, and throughout Europe. Before moving back to Dallas, she worked for the Carnegie Corporation of New York.




JonathanBorn in Dallas on August 22, 1986, Jonathan Randal Jones is the youngest solo artist to ever be featured with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra.  Jonathan was appointed as Principal Clarinet of the Las Colinas Symphony in 2007 before his graduation from Southern Methodist University in May 2008 with a degree in Music Education.  Jonathan studied clarinet with Paul Garner at SMU.  Jon started the clarinet with Ricky Reeves at the age of 10 in Duncanville where Jonathan grew up.


Known as “A passionate and virtuosic musician responsible for All-out playing,” (The Dallas Morning News, Cantrell) the Spotlight is nothing new for Mr. Jones.  Most recently, Jonathan has performed in Duo with master drummer Jamal Mohamed at the Percussive Arts Socitey International Convention  (PASIC) in Indianapolis.