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2019 Gala

Gala Performance Video: Caroline Shaw and Attacca Quartet perform Shaw's "Find the Line" with the Special Music School High School Men's Choir.

Gala Performance Video: The Kingston Trio performs Astor Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Spring)"

Star-Studded Performances


The 2019 Gala featured an exclusive, one-night-only performance featuring pioneering composer, vocalist, violinist and producer Caroline Shaw – the youngest ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music – and the Attacca Quartet along with the Special Music School High School Men’s Choir. Caroline’s wonderful new album with the Attacca Quartet, Orange, immediately skyrocketed to #1 on the iTunes Top 100 Classical Albums list on the day it was released. “A love letter to the string quartet” (NPR), “the music of Orange exudes joy and a sense of wildness… the pieces shoot off in thrilling and unpredictable directions” (Pitchfork).

Dynamic radio personality Terrance McKnight hosted the evening.

Education. Inspiration. Transformation.

The Gala supports the Center’s music education programs, which serve more than 4,000 kids and teens annually. Thanks to funds raised, the Center is setting talented, motivated students on a lifelong musical path. To learn more about how your gift could transform lives, click here.

Share the Vision

The Gala featured a live auction led by Lucas Hunt with special once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including a private concert with Orli Shaham, the opportunity to commission a piece by Caroline Shaw, the chance to sit in the radio booth at the Metropolitan Opera and tickets to Tootsie on Broadway.

Although these items have already gone to generous donors, you can still support music education by raising your "virtual paddle" by clicking here

Special Thanks

Thank you to our Gala Benefit Committee:

Gala Chairs
Elaine & Henry Kaufman
Bethany & Robert B. Millard
O’Rourke Family
Christina & Lawrence Wee

Gala Vice Chairs
Rosalind Devon & Sanford L. Batkin

Gala Dinner Chairs
Joel & Tracy Beckerman
Solange Landau
Sarah & Martin Leibowitz
Patricia & Lawrence Weinbach

Johanna Roman Barish
Dick & Diana Beattie
Elizabeth & Stan Brimberg
Charles Dimston & Elena Asribekova
Phyllis & Sam Feder
Goodman Family
Margaret Jan & Alex Chi
Jennifer & Tim Kingston
Lydia & John Kontos
Devorah & David Krieger
Dennis Lee & Migene Kim
Ann & Michael Loeb
Wendy & Bruce Mosler
William & Janet Schwartz
Dimitri & Nataly Sogoloff

Musical Muse Donors
Jody & John Arnhold
Margot Astrachan
Janet Bacastow
Helene Blue
Estelle Greco
Judith & Robert Hall
Rochelle & David Hirsch
Ann & Tom Johnson
Jane & Gerald Katcher
Jane & Charles Klein
Robin & John O’Brien
Marjorie Penrod & Eric Wallar
Alan G. Weiler

In Harmony Friends
Laura & Manuel Bardash
Bernard Berkowitz
Jane & Joseph Chang
Lydia M. Emil
Lois Feigen
Gwendolyn Foster
David Frost
Bud H. Gibbs
Susan & Peter Gottsegen
Marti Grayson & Allan Kessler
Mariel Harris & Daniel Cooperman
Sarah Jaicks & Robert McDermott
Renee Khatami & Rick MacArthur
Marlene & Ed Landau
Christina M. Mason
Clare & Howard McMorris
Joan & Henry Michelman
Patricia Morrill & Sherwood Waldron
Barbara & Emery Olcott
Barbara & Louis Perlmutter
Marguerite O. Pitts
Noa & Shahriar Rafimayeri
Donna & Steven Schragis
Virginia M. & Edward M. Sermier
Orli Shaham & David Robertson
Irving Sitnick
Gordon H. Smith
Janet & Gil Spitzer
Marcy & David Tannenbaum
Annetta & Thomas Weaver
Sally & Tim White

Parent & Faculty Committee
Mary Barto
Joshua Bell
Lilian & Jacob Cohen
Gina Dizzia & Daniel Fernandez
Ana Gambogi & Christian Gloger
Anna & Mark Gurevich
Patty & Christopher Heim
Laura & Lawrence Hurvich
Nikki Daniels Kready & Jeff Kready
Yvonne Lau & Derek Tsui
Brad Linard
Stephanie & Mark Rambler
Barbara Rellstab
Jessica Rothstein & Kurt Lageschulte
Katherine Schlatter & Joseph Mauro
Luka & Niko Zylik