The English Concert in America (TECA) hosted a Galaon 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.