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Common performs at the New York Philharmonic Spring Gala Concert, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

Last Wednesday night, the New York Philharmonic hosted its annual Spring Concert & Gala in David Geffen Hall, celebrating the past, present, and future of music education.

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel led the Orchestra in an eclectic program of orchestral music, including works by Richard Strauss, Villa-Lobos, and Arturo Márquez. Guitarist and former New York Yankees center field Bernie Williams made his NY Phil debut performing his original composition Moving Forward alongside the Orchestra. Rapper, actor, author, and activist Common made his NY Phil debut performing his songs “The Light” and “Glory” alongside the Orchestra, also joined by singer Muhsinah Abdul-Karim and Voices of Harlem. On the Márquez, Williams, and Common selections, the Orchestra was joined by 26 student musicians from New York City education and community partners.


New York Philharmonic President & CEO Gary Ginstling address gala guests
New York Philharmonic President & CEO Gary Ginstling address gala guests.

Upon arrival, the 475 Gala guests were invited to walk the red carpet in the Leon and Norma Hess Grand Promenade; they then proceeded to a cocktail reception, also on the Hess Grand Promenade, where drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres were served. After the concert, guests returned to the Grand Promenade where 45 tables were set with spring green linens, yellow and purple-accented florals, and gold votive candles for a three-course dinner. NY Phil Board Co-Chairmen Peter May and Oscar Tang and President & CEO Gary Ginstling gave remarks at dinner.

The event was designed by Van Vliet and Trap and Andrew Grant and catered by CxRA.


New York Philharmonic Board Co-Chairmen Peter W. May and Oscar L. Tang
New York Philharmonic Board Co-Chairmen Peter W. May and Oscar L. Tang.

In total, the Gala raised over $2.4 million for the Philharmonic.

Attendees included: Gary Ginstling (President and CEO, New York Philharmonic), Deborah Borda (Executive Advisor to the President and Board of Directors, New York Philharmonic), Peter W. May (Co-Chairman, New York Philharmonic) and Leni May, Oscar L. Tang (Co-Chairman, New York Philharmonic) and H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, Alexander Klabin (Board Member, New York Philharmonic, and Gala Co-Chair) and Kristen Klabin (Gala Co-Chair), James L. Nederlander (Board Member, New York Philharmonic, and Gala Co-Chair) and Margo M. Nederlander (Gala Co-Chair), Gustavo Dudamel (conductor), Hera Hyesang Park (soprano), Bernie Williams (guitar), Common (vocals), and Jamie Bernstein (guest interviewer).


New York Philharmonic Spring Gala Co-Chairs Alexander and Kristen Klabin and Margo and James Nederlander
New York Philharmonic Spring Gala Co-Chairs Alexander and Kristen Klabin and Margo and James Nederlander.
Deborah Borda, Maria Valverde, Ambassador of Spain to the United States Ángeles Moreno Bau, Gustavo Dudamel, and New York Philharmonic President & CEO Gary Ginstling
Deborah Borda, Maria Valverde, Ambassador of Spain to the United States Ángeles Moreno Bau, Gustavo Dudamel, and New York Philharmonic President & CEO Gary Ginstling.
Peter Yeoh, New York Philharmonic Board Member Mary J. Wallach, Monika Bincsik, and John Carpenter
Peter Yeoh, New York Philharmonic Board Member Mary J. Wallach, Monika Bincsik, and John Carpenter.
New York Philharmonic Board Co-Chairman Peter W. May and Leni May with Spring Gala Co-Chairs Kristen and Alexander Klabin
New York Philharmonic Board Co-Chairman Peter W. May and Leni May with Spring Gala Co-Chairs Kristen and Alexander Klabin.
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter
L. to r.: Gillian and Sylvester Miniter; New York Philharmonic Board Chairman Emeritus Oscar S. Schafer and Didi Schafer.
New York Philharmonic Board Member Dr. Kathryn Beal (second from left) with (L-R) Annette, Bowden, and Bruce Beal
New York Philharmonic Board Member Dr. Kathryn Beal (second from left) with (l. to r.) Annette, Bowden, and Bruce Beal.
New York Philharmonic Board Member Joel I. Picket and Joan Picket; LaVon Kellner, Tom Roush, and Barbara Tober
L. to r.: New York Philharmonic Board Member Joel I. Picket and Joan Picket; LaVon Kellner, Tom Roush, and Barbara Tober.
Reginal and Maela Dynasty; Claudia Romo Edelman
L. to r.: Reginal and Maela Dynasty; Claudia Romo Edelman.
Lisa Cali, Guenther Greiner, New York Philharmonic Board Member Carol D. Schaefer, Chuck Schaefer, and Katherine Olivetti
Lisa Cali, Guenther Greiner, New York Philharmonic Board Member Carol D. Schaefer, Chuck Schaefer, and Katherine Olivetti.
: Roger Cardinal, Charles Danziger, New York Philharmonic Board Member Misook Doolittle, Byoung Yang, Rebecca Ralston, and Stephen Whyte
Roger Cardinal, Charles Danziger, New York Philharmonic Board Member Misook Doolittle, Byoung Yang, Rebecca Ralston, and Stephen Whyte.
New York Philharmonic Board Members Dr. Avi Katz and Dr. Raluca Dinu; Composer Nina Shekhar
L. to r.: New York Philharmonic Board Members Dr. Avi Katz and Dr. Raluca Dinu; Composer Nina Shekhar.
New York Philharmonic Co-Chairman Oscar L. Tang and H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, soprano Hera Hyesang Park, and New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang
New York Philharmonic Co-Chairman Oscar L. Tang and H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, soprano Hera Hyesang Park, and New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang.
New York Philharmonic Board Vice Chair Laura Y. Chang and Arnold Chavkin; Carolina Herrera and Deborah Borda.
L. to r.: New York Philharmonic Board Vice Chair Laura Y. Chang and Arnold Chavkin; Carolina Herrera and Deborah Borda.
Beverly and David Wertheimer, New York Philharmonic Board Treasurer Linda W. Hart
Beverly and David Wertheimer, with New York Philharmonic Board Treasurer Linda W. Hart.
New York Philharmonic Board Member Jackson Tai and Kay Tai with table guests
New York Philharmonic Board Member Jackson Tai and Kay Tai with table guests.
Edward Gallagher, New York Philharmonic Board Secretary Daisy M. Soros, and Nicolas Raubertas
Edward Gallagher, New York Philharmonic Board Secretary Daisy M. Soros, and Nicolas Raubertas.
New York Philharmonic Board Member Alex Volckhausen (top row, second from left) with table guests
New York Philharmonic Board Member Alex Volckhausen (top row, second from left) with table guests.
Valerie Dixon and New York Philharmonic Board Member Tania León
Valerie Dixon and New York Philharmonic Board Member Tania León.
New York Philharmonic Board Member Raphael Bejarano
New York Philharmonic Board Member Raphael Bejarano and guests.
Bernie Williams attends the New York Philharmonic Spring Gala
Bernie Williams.
Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges and pianist Aaron Diehl
Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges and pianist Aaron Diehl.
Amandine Friedheim, Spring Gala Co-Chair James Nederlander, and Gillian Miniter
Amandine Friedheim, Spring Gala Co-Chair James Nederlander, and Gillian Miniter.

On Friday, April 26, the dames and knights of the Order of Malta held their first-ever Spring Knights at Spring Place, hosting 300 guests for drinks and dancing. The black-tie evening supported the Order’s hands-on work in New York City serving the most vulnerable among us — including handing out food and clothing to the homeless, visiting with the children and young adults with profound neurological impairments at Mother Cabrini Specialty Hospital for Children, and serving warm meals to the residents at Terence Cardinal Cooke and Mary Manning Walsh who are battling Alzheimer’s, AIDS, and Huntington’s.

Guests wrote cards for the disabled youth the Order serves at Mother Cabrini and Malta Camp USA before hearing remarks from chair Mercedes de Guardiola and the Order of Malta’s New York City leadership Steve Bujno and Eric Vitale.


The Spring Knights Committee.

The Sovereign Order of Malta is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilization. A lay religious order of the Catholic Church since 1113 and a subject of international law, the Sovereign Order of Malta has diplomatic relations with over 100 states and the European Union, and permanent observer status at the United Nations. It is neutral, impartial, and apolitical.

Today, the Order of Malta is active in 120 countries caring for people in need through its medical, social and humanitarian works. Day-to-day, its broad spectrum of social projects provides a constant support for forgotten or excluded members of society. It is especially involved in helping people living in the midst of armed conflicts and natural disasters by providing medical assistance, caring for refugees, and distributing medicines and basic equipment for survival. Across the world, the Order of Malta is dedicated to the preservation of human dignity and the care of all those in need, regardless of their origin or religion.


Eric Vitale, Mercedes de Guardiola, Steve Bujno
Eric Vitale, Mercedes de Guardiola, and Steve Bujno.
Aaron Perez, Simona Andrejić, and Marko Andrejic.
John and Natalie Dougherty; Dr. Michael Espiritu, Mercedes de Guardiola, Niccolo Falez
L. to r.: John and Natalie Dougherty; Dr. Michael Espiritu, Mercedes de Guardiola, and Niccolo Falez.
Ken Craig and George Biamonti.
Marie Mannix.
Rory Kelleher, Camille Kelleher, and Steve Bujno.
L. to r.: John Gannon and Anna Zaiachkivska; Christopher Carter Lee and Luisa Majnoni d’Intignano writing cards.
Dr. Amanda Kahn, Dr. Michael Espiritu, Nicholas Kalikow, and Valeria Leonova.
DJ Nick Scalici.
Dancing to the music of DJ Nick Scalici.


Cards for Malta Camp.

Photography by Julie Skarratt Photography, Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images, & Brandon Patoc (New York Philharmonic); BFA (Malta)

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