A Beautiful Wednesday in New York
36th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenue. 1:00 PM; Looking north on Park Avenue and 36th Street. 1:25 PM. Photos: JH.

The New Group of the Eos Orchestra hosted an evening of visual sensations and auditory ecstasy
Allison Luyten and Megan Deen
Anne Kettle
Annelise Peterson and Rebecca Edwardson
Brooke Alteneau and friend

Under the artistic inspiration of Artistic Director Jonathan Sheffer (more on him later), the New Group of the Eos Orchestra hosted an evening of visual sensation at the Andrew Martin Showroom. The 2nd annual New Group benefit helped raise funds to ensure the continuation of the New Group and Eos Orchestra. A special performance by violinist Mary Rowell delighted the guests while enormous Buddhas and a bold decor provided a theatrical backdrop for the evening's Rhythm Red theme.

Caroline and Thomas Gutierrez
DJ Candis Cayne
Sarah Currie and Alison Galardi
Lauren Evans
L. to r.: Meredith Melling Burke, Kim Hicks, and Allison Ross Hanna; Meredith Melling Burke and Diana Petroff; Lawrence Kaplan and friend with Stephen Elrod and Bernadette Murray.
Allison Ross Hanna and Matt Hanna
Bruce Horten, Jean McCusker, and Jonathan Sheffer
Allison Luyten, Gifford Miller, and Jonathan Sheffer
Brad Aston, Merrill Hanley, and John Royal
Dr. Christopher Barley, Lauren Vernon, and Justin Fagan
Jeff Slonim and Kim Hicks
Patrick McBride, Jonathan Sheffer, and Dr. Christopher Barley
Brad Aston and Donald Young
Rory Hermelee, Anne Kettle, and Jennifer Callahan
Valerie Stiassni and Liz Walker
Nicole Hanley, Emilia Fanjul, and Caroline Gutierrez
Craig Anderson and Susie Slattery
Merrill Hanley, Thaiana Srtiriou, and Daphnie Mercer
Laura Wells and Liz Walker
Allison Luyten and Jay Aston
Daniel Vincent and Emilia Fanjul
Harry LeFrak and Phoebe Gubelmann
Meredith Gilmour, Caroline Tribble, and Meg Critchell

Photographs by Patrick McMullan/PMc

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Eos Orchestra celebrated its 2004 season with a gala evening at Capitale
Ann Sheffer, Ann Keefe, and Jonathan Sheffer
Christopher Barley and friend

Monday a week ago, the Eos Orchestra celebrated its 2004 season with a Gala evening at Capitale, 130 Bowery offering a one-of-a-kind experience. After a cocktail reception, a Renaissance fanfare invited guests into the main domed hall to take their places seated among the orchestra players for a brief program of well-known orchestral dazzlers, like the Overture to Carmen and Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, each piece interspersed with a live auction.

Then while the performance space was then transformed into a gorgeous dining hall, the Michael Palm Award was presented to James and Ellen Marcus by renowned soprano, Renee Fleming. The award honors a person or organization that shares the passion for music and the dedication to the mission of the Eos Orchestra exemplified by the late Michael Palm. Past award recipients include: John Corigliano, Charles Hamlen, William H. Wright II and the Honorable Schuyler G. Chapin. The evening then culminated with a dinner in the main hall, with musical entertainment provided by the unforgettable Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

Gala Co Chairs were Philip E. Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, MD, Jeffrey H. and Tondra Lynford, Robert Couturier, Jamie Drake, Jeffrey Gural and Chad A. Leat.

Eos gala performance at Capitale
Jonathan Sheffer continues to win acclaim by melding elements of theatre and thematic programming into the traditional concert form. The result: the Eos Orchestra, founded nine years ago, which thrives today as an innovative musical force, one that successfully breaks down concert-hall barriers through creative methods and collaborations with other artistic disciplines.

Born in New York City, Mr. Sheffer graduated from Harvard University, where he was a student of Leonard Bernstein. He later attended The Juilliard School and the Aspen School of Music. He began conducting after spending several years composing scores for Hollywood films. After recording three film scores with the Seattle Symphony, he made his conducting debut with the San Diego Symphony in 1991 and since then has returned three times to lead the Seattle Symphony.

Ellen and James Marcus with Jonathan Sheffer
In addition to leading Eos, Mr. Sheffer has conducted orchestras with the New York City Opera, American Ballet Theatre, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and in 2002 was appointed the Artistic Director of Red, a new chamber orchestra in Cleveland. This last summer, he was a visiting artist/scholar at the American Academy in Rome.

The Eos Orchestra is setting new standards for imaginative musical programming. In their non-traditional concerts the Orchestra focuses on the rediscovery of important neglected works and composers, collaborations with other artistic disciplines and the use of visual and theatrical elements on the concert stage.

In addition to its New York subscription season, the Orchestra embarked on its first national tour in February 2003, has appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Boston’s Sanders Theatre, the Lincoln Center Festival, the Guggenheim Museum and the 92nd Street Y in New York, among others. An Eos all-Copland CD, Celluloid Copland, nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002 was released by Telarc International in honor of Aaron Copland's centenary year; in the same month, Copland's America, a documentary featuring Eos, aired on WNET/Thirteen Great Performances broadcast nationally on PBS, and in Europe on the BBC.

All proceeds from the 2004 Season Gala will support the Eos Orchestra’s public education initiatives and concert programs.
Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper
Senator Charles Schumer, Michael O'Brian, and Bari Mattes
Rosita Sarnoff and Trish Wiener
James and Ellen Marcus with Renee Fleming
Gifford Miller and Lisa Perry
Herb Sambol, Walter Cain, and friend

Photographs by Brian Palmer


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