WAYNE BARUCH and CHARLES F. GAYTON conceive, produce and direct milestone events, television broadcasts, concert and theatrical productions, and recordings throughout the United States and worldwide.
Their strategic planning and creative production services are also available to corporations, associations and philanthropies. Their events marrying cultural artistry, stimulating spectacle and “message entertainment” have raised nearly $40 million for various philanthropic and cultural institutions.
They have produced FIFA World Cup Opening and Closing Ceremonies and entertainment events, and Super Bowl halftime shows, as well as contributing artistically to two different Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies.
They have presented a wide variety of individual artists ranging from Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Sting, Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon and Kristin Chenowith - to Jack Black, Joshua Bell, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma and Renee Fleming.
On July 4, 2019, Baruch and Gayton created and produced their 15th annual production and live worldwide telecast of the patriotic extravaganza “Stadium of Fire” on behalf of America’s Freedom Foundation, headlined by Keith Urban.
In October 2019 they will create and produce their 8th annual “Magnet Conference” General Sessions in Orlando for more than 10,000 nurses and nurse executives, on behalf of the American Nurses Association.
Their variety of previous events demonstrates their range. For example:
In 2015, they created and produced the gala celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia – the nation’s first medical school, founded by Benjamin Franklin.
In 2016, Baruch and Gayton produced Carnegie Hall’s 125th Birthday Concert Gala, featuring performers ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to James Taylor to Michael Feinstein.
Also in 2016, they created and produced the Grand Opening celebration of the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, featuring Broadway and concert stars Brian Stokes Mitchell, Megan Hilty and Rita Moreno among a cast of hundreds of entertainers.
They are honored to have produced the 3-day grand opening celebration of Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, in addition to creating and producing the accompanying Emmy-nominated PBS Great Performances television special.
Also on behalf of the L.A. Phil, they created and produced 15 annual Hollywood Bowl “Hall of Fame” Opening Night Concerts - which they originally conceived as an annual fundraiser on behalf of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s music education programs. The Hall of Fame is a permanent exhibit in the Hollywood Bowl Museum.
They created and produced the Opening Celebration of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa; the Grand Opening Theatrical and Concert Celebrations of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City (presenting Plácido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, Diana Krall and Patti LuPone, among many others); the grand opening gala celebration for the Barnes Foundation’s new home in Philadelphia (featuring headliner Norah Jones); and the Grand Opening Celebration of the Guerin Pavilion at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
They worked with the San Francisco Symphony to produce the Symphony’s Centennial Year “Black and White Ball,” presenting Paul Simon with the Symphony in concert at Davies Hall, followed by multiple performers including Janelle Monae, Cyndi Lauper, and The Wallflowers on outdoor stages for an audience of 8,000 at the famed street party.
Additional past events, telecasts, and recordings include: “Unexpected Dreams – Songs from the Stars” (featuring vocals by Scarlett Johanssen, Jeremy Irons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Ewan McGregor among many others); 50th Anniversary of Korea; Mount Rushmore’s Golden Anniversary; Bicentennials of the U.S. Constitution, Presidency, and Bill of Rights; the Eiffel Tower Centennial; Beverly Hills Diamond Jubilee; 50th Anniversary of Israel; “Super Bowl Saturday Night”; The Gershwins’ Centennial; Atlanta Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies; America’s Cup Opening Ceremonies; U.S. Olympic Festival Opening Ceremonies; Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame; The Seville World Expo; The Papal Mass at Dodger Stadium; the Paris Las Vegas Resort Grand Opening Celebration; the Las Vegas Millennium Celebration; “Cloudburst” Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Celebration; Notre Dame de Paris – The Musical Spectacular; “Filmmakers Salute Oscar”; various Three Tenors and Luciano Pavarotti concerts and television specials; and various Radio City Music Hall events and television specials.