An Evening of Musical Sorcery to benefit The English Concert in America

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Ionel and Miriam Klipper, Bill Beekman, Nancy Newcomb, John Hargraves, Bunny Beekman, and Emily Rafferty

The English Concert in America (TECA) hosted a Gala on Wednesday November 28th at the New-York Historical Society. The Gala, honoring Bunny Beekman, welcomed more than 200 guests in support of the organization’s mission.

Beginning with cocktails in the atrium, guests took a private turn through the “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibition before heading to the Patricia B. Klingenstein Library for a concert by one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras. The English Concert, led by internationally renowned opera conductor Harry Bicket and joined by soloists Ben Bliss, Sydney Mancasola, and Emily D’Angelo, gave a spectacular performance featuring works of Purcell, Handel and Dall’Abaco.

The honoree of the evening was Bunny Beekman, founder and first President of The English Concert in America with the goal of elevating the presence of historical performance in the U.S. The Gala Committee was chaired by Charles MacKay, and Co-Chaired by Paul Sekhri and Mark Gude. After the concert guests enjoyed dinner in Dexter Hall and were gifted with a copy of The English Concert’s recently-released recording.

Since its founding, TECA has organized concerts with Maestro Bicket, the English Concert Players, and the American Fellows of The English Concert to share with audiences inspiring performances of early music. In addition, TECA created a Fellowship Program in association with The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program, which provides a select group of emerging young performers opportunities to develop artistically at a critical stage in their education and professional life.

Howard Solomon and Andrew Solomon
Bill Beekman with Anne and Joe Pierson
JB Kittredge and Bill Beekman
Zaak and Janine Beekman, Winand Van Eeghen, and Victoria and Michael Chu
Mark Gude with Anne and Joe Pierson
Front: William Miller, Douglas Thomas, Sarah Solomon; Back: Jim and Nancy Barton
Victor Geraci and Helene Tilney
Maestro Harry Bicket with Louise and Alex Dye
Alfred Ross Sally and Tim Brown
Harold Koda, Missy McHugh, and Lita Semerad
Alice Vartan, Judith Smith, and Hovig Vartan
James Gandry, Francoise Girard, and David Knott
Gary Martin, Judith Smith, Patrick Owens
Anne Pierson, Joseph Pierson, Barbara Cohn, David Rockefeller
Janine and Zaak Beekman, Stephen Foley, Alex Michas, Mary Jo Foley
Laura Heiss Varas, Victor Geraci, Adrian Jones, Tink and Richard Mortimer
Hans Kraus, Luke Pontifell and Brandon Fradd
Norman Benzaquen, Judy Zankel, Carlos Tome, Theresa Kim
Harry Bicket, Sarah Solomon, and Deborah Borda
John Hargraves and Bunny Beekman
Albert Bellas, Elizabeth Ingleby, Harry Bicket, Helene and Hugh Tilney, and Jon and Candy Wainwright
Richard Strother, Jeff Haydon, and Barbaralee Diamonsteen-Spielvogel
Shannon Wu, Andrew Solomon, and Beth Glyn
Judith Smith introduces The English Concert
Catrina Bentley and Allegra De Vita
The English Concert orchestra

Emily D’Angelo, Sydney Mancasola, Ben Bliss, Harry Bicket, and The English Concert
Sydney Mancasola, Emily D’Angelo, and Ben Bliss
Anne Pierson at the podium
Harry Bicket, Robert Turner, and David Heilbroner
Lydia Forbes and Woody Campbell
Gordon Pattee and Kathleen Gerard
L to R.: Maestro Harry Bicket with Gala Honoree Bunny Beekman; Paul Sekhri, Susan Hilferty, and Cory Toevs
Emily D’Angelo, Harry Bicket, Ben Bliss, and Sydney Mancasola
L to R.: Maria Celis Wirth and Christine Hamersley; Judith Smith and Hillary Burnett
Robert Turner, Alexander Neef, Peter Speliopoulos, and Anthony Roth Costanzo
Woody Campbell and Bob Forbes
Hope Winthrop, Emily D’Angelo, and Maria Campbell
Bunny Beekman, Alexandra Howard, and Patricia Begley
Sarah Kenner, Judith Smith, and Ben Sosland
Savine Pontifell and Anne Pierson
Anne Manice, Phillip Howard, Harry Bicket, and Kathleen Gerard
Bunny Beekman, Heidi Ettinger, and Jonathan Reynolds
Janine and Zaak Beekman with Bunny Beekman


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