Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Master Classes

VPO & VPS Leadership Nizam Kettaneh, Max Jahn, VPO Chairman Daniel Froschauer, Theodora Simons, John Hargraves, Cynthis Sculco, Bill Forster, Elizabeth Ingleby, VPO Vice Chairman Alexander Steinberger, and VPO Treasurer Bernhard Hedenborg
There are many grand fundraisers in New York, but some nights are special and this is always because of their hosts. Although the Chairman of The Vienna Philharmonic Society, Marifé Hernández, was unable to attend, her attention was evident everywhere.  Resting comfortably at home, recovering from surgery, she still saw to the placement of every guest and every detail. Her beloved husband Joel Bell arranged a first — the evening was videotaped so she could see it. Guests were invited to record their own get-well messages for the much-missed chairman. Her warm presence was felt everywhere.
VPS Board Nizam Kettaneh, John Hargraves, Theodora Simons, Cynthia Sculco, Elizabeth Ingleby, Bill Forster, and Max Jahn
Following cocktails, there was a remarkable performance of the Octet in F Major by Franz Schubert, a signature piece of the Orchestra repertory.  The concert and dinner were under the distinguished patronage of all the senior Austrian officials in our country including His Excellency Wolfgang Waldner, Austrian Ambassador to the United States and Mrs. Gudrun Faudon-Waldner; His Excellency Jan Kickert, Permanent Representative of Austria To the United Nations and Mrs. Latica Tomasic-Kickert; His Excellency Helmut Boeck, Austrian Consul General in New York and Mrs. Barbara Boehm-Boeck; Christine Moser, Director, Austrian Cultural Forum.

Through generous sponsorship of Vienna Philharmonic Society (in partnership with the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall) Principal musicians from the Orchestra conducted Master Classes with former students of Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra (NYO), all of whom are now Conservatory students in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, Oberlin, Philadelphia, and Puerto Rico.
Master Classes Rainer Honeck and William Yao at Carnegie Hall
William Yao and Rainer Honeck
Trumpet Master Class at Carnegie Hall Jamie Gorski, Maddi Lusby, Matt Gajda, James Vaughn, and Shane O'Brien
Clarinet Master Class Carnegie Hall Jay Shankar, Phillip Solomon, Daniel Ottensamer, Sara Han, Katia Waxman, and Amer Hasan
The message to them throughout the day was legato – learning to play in a smooth, flowing manner, without breaks between notes, to play with passion, and to play as if you are making your instrument sing.  Steeped in the rich history of the 176-year-old Vienna Philharmonic, the instructors emphasized understanding the history of each work and its author, to bring the music to life as the composer intended. 
Master Classes VPO Trumpeter Peter Schuh, Cynthia Sculco, and VPO Vice Chairman Alexander Steinberger
The Vienna Philharmonic Society, founded in 2016, is a New York based non-profit organization that supports and celebrates the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and works to extend its performances across the United States. Through a variety of educational programs with their partner, The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, including Master Classes for advanced students and music events for children in the community, the Vienna Philharmonic Society helps the Orchestra expand its contribution to the cultural life of New York and cities throughout the country. 

For more information, visit:  www.ViennaPhilharmonicSociety.org
Nelson DeMille, John Macaskill, Elizabeth Ingleby, John Ingleby, Susan Lucci, Sandy DeMille, and Helmut Huber
Shirley Young and Bill Nitze
Gala Carla Comelli, Horacio Milberg, and Dimity Milberg
Gala Caroline and Max Jahn Nizam Kettaneh and Catherine Michaelson
Gala Cynthia Sculco and Austrian Cultural Forum Director Christine Moser
Elizabeth Stribling, Guy Robinson, and Bill Nitze
Bishop Dean Wolfe of St. Bartholomew's Church and Ellen Wolfe
Master Class Cynthia Sculco and Paula Dietz VPO Treasurer Bernhard Hedenborg and VPO Archivist Silvia Kargl
Bill Bernhard, Katherine Manisco, Robert Quinlan, Encarnita Quinlan, and Bill Forster
On March 5, TADA! Youth Theater hosted its 2018 Gala honoring Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Leslie Uggams (Empire, Deadpool, Hallelujah, Baby!, Thoroughly Modern Millie) and performer, director, choreographer and Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune (The Will Rogers Follies, Grand Hotel, Nine, Seesaw).

Held at Tribeca 360° in Manhattan, the event welcomed 200 guests and raised over $141,000 for the nonprofit. The evening featured a cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auctions, and performances by the honorees, TADA!’s Resident Youth Ensemble, Broadway Inspirational Voices, Jason Robert Brown, Michael James Leslie, Dee Hoty and Cady Huffman.
Honoree Tommy Tune TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble
Jason Robert Brown
Dee Hoty and Tommy Tune Jeff Calhoun
Since 1984, TADA!’s mission is to provide young people from different backgrounds with musical theater programs that inspire them to be creative, learn, and think differently. A unique Drama Desk award-winning nonprofit youth theater, TADA! produces original musicals for children, teens, and family audiences. TADA! offers a free, year-round, pre-professional training and a positive youth development program for its Resident Youth Ensemble (ages 8-18); musical theater classes/camps for the public; as well as musical theater residencies in NYC schools and community centers.

Through high-quality work, young people’s self-confidence and creativity are enhanced. They also develop advanced skills in leadership, communication, responsibility, collaboration, and problem-solving skills that help with growing up and are essential to their success both in school and in life. For more information, visit www.tadatheater.com
Janine Nina Trevens, Co-Founder & Producing Artistic Director, TADA! Youth Theater; Leslie Uggams, Honoree, Actress; Tommy Tune, Honoree, Director and Choreographer; Dee Hoty, Performer; and Danielle Chambers
Tommy Tune and Joanna Greer, Associate Artistic Director & Resident Choreographer, TADA! Youth Theater Performer Cady Huffman
Performer Michael James Leslie
Joanna Greer; Katy Knowles, Director of Education, TADA! Youth Theater; Janine Nina Trevens, Co-Founder & Producing Artistic Director, TADA! Youth Theater; Rod Christensen, Executive Director, TADA! Youth Theater; and Laura Talbot, Director of Development & Marketing
The 12th Annual Policemen’s Ball at Mar-a-Lago, a social season highlight, was a record-breaking sell-out that drew more than 700 supporters, and surpassed last year’s record.

Monika and John Preston were Honorary Chairmen, and Gaye and Jim Engel were Chairmen of the black-tie gala with a “Bless the Blue” theme. The Star Spangled Banner was sung Police Officer Steven O’Leary, and the Invocation was given by retired Captain Fred Hess. Foundation Co-founder and President, John F. Scarpa, and Foundation Co-founder and Vice President Emeritus Tim Moran, welcomed the guests. 
“Bless the Blue” was the theme of the night
President Donald Trump made an appearance via video and acknowledged the excellence to the Palm Beach Police Department. Following, Hon. Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., United States Secretary of Commerce received the Twelfth Annual Palm Tree Award.  Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin and First Vice President David Mack surprised Ryan Burgoon and Anthony de Jesse, with the Seventh Annual “Officer of the Year” awards. Longtime Board member Gerald Frank also received a recognition gift for his service and dedication to the Foundation and community. 
Annie and Michael Falk presented an $80,000 check, raised by Michael and his Plantagenets cycling team during the 2017 Race Across America. Proceeds from the evening and live auction will benefit the Palm Beach Police Department. Event sponsors included The Palm Beach Police Foundation, Inc., Palm Beach Illustrated, Linda A. Gary Real Estate, and IberiaBank.

To learn more, visit www.PBPF.us
Gaye and Jim Engel, John and Monika Preston, and Eileen Burns  
Esther Murray and William Finneran Bob and Christine Stiller
Mary and Mark Freitas with Linda Gary and Michael Belisle
Katherine and Leo Vecellio Michael Lizanich, Don Burns, and Talbot Maxey
Michael and Annie Falk with Bill Koch
Joel Pashcow and Dave Aronberg Gail Coniglio and Bill Bone
Howard and Michele Kessler with Wilbur and Hilary Ross
Jana and John Scarpa Ann-Marie Taylor and Llwyd Ecclestone
Susan and Bob Wright with Judith and Rudy Guiliani
Michael Falk, Chris Huffman, and George O'Sullivan (The Plantagenets) David and Sondra Mack
Larry Herbert with June and Jerry Frank
Robert and Ann Fromer with Ellen and Irwin Levy
Ryan Burgoon, Anthony de Jesse, and Kirk Blouin
Kate, Bridget, Kelly, and Tim Moran
Jeff and Mei Sze Greene with Darcy and Joel Kassewitz
Photographs by CAPEHART (Policemen’s Ball); Chad David Kraus (Tada!)