MasterVoices raised more than $220,000 to fund the company’s Artistic and Education Programs at its 2016 Spring Benefit which featured Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate starring Kelli O’ Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, and Sarah Mesko, with a World Premiere prologue by Michael John LaChiusa, directed and choreographed by Doug Varone, and conducted by Ted Sperling at Le Parker Meridien and New York City Center on April 28, 2016.
The Gala was attended by 170 guests. The evening began at 6:00pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Grand Tier at New York City Center, located at 131 W. 55th Street, and lead into the 7:00pm concert. Following the performance, guests enjoyed dinner, dessert, and a brief live auction led by Steve Rosen at Le Parker Meridien’s beautiful Estrela Penthouse, located at 119 W. 56th Street.
The event was led by Chairs Antonia and George Grumbach and Ellen F. Marcus, and Co-Chairs Jewelle and Nathaniel Bickford, Jill K. Malila, Judy and Morton Sloan, Deborah Stiles, and Adèle K. and John Talty. The Corporate Co-Chair was AON.
The Dido and Aeneas program and 2016 Spring Benefit was dedicated to the memory of James S. Marcus, longtime MasterVoices Board Member. MasterVoices is forever grateful for his and his wife Ellen’s generosity, and will always remember Jim for his boundless spirit, tremendous wisdom, and deep love of music.
Artists: Kelli O’Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, Sarah Mesko, Michael John LaChiusa, Doug Varone, Christian Siriano, Ted Sperling, Doug Varone and Dancers, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and MasterVoices.
Gala Chairs: Antonia and George Grumbach and Ellen F. Marcus, and Co-Chairs: Jewelle and Nathaniel Bickford, Jill K. Malila, Judith and Morton Sloan, Deborah Stiles, and Adèle K. and John Talty. The Corporate Co-Chair is AON.
Board of Directors: Jewelle Bickford (co-chair), Deborah Stiles (co-chair), Susan Shine (Vice Chair), Sandra Joys (Secretary), Lois Conway (Treasurer), Martina Arroyo, Susan L. Baker, Juliana Chen, Alicia Damley, George G. Grumbach, Jr. , Kenneth Hannan, Jr., Sandra S. Joys, Robert Jurgrau, Ellen F. Marcus, Jill Malila, Ellen Nenner, Elaine Petschek, Lisa Rubin, Petra Slater, Adèle K. Talty, Elizabeth Tunick.
Benefit Committee: M. Bernard Aidinoff & Elsie V. Aidinoff, Rima Ayas & Ronald Moore, André Bishop, Karin and Henry Barkhorn, Kit Smyth Basquin, Susan & David Brownwood, Juliana Chen,
Lois Conway, Marilyn and Lawrence Friedland, Cathy J. Friedman & Thomas R. Feyer, Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth H. & Yvonne S. Hannan, Bruce C. Johnson, Sandra & David Joys, Robert Jurgrau & Marc Gollub, Nancy Karch, Sahra T. Lese, Dinny & Lester Morse, Ellen B. Nenner, Richard C. Norton and Gary Schocker,, Naomi and Stuart Paley, Elaine Petschek, Lisa Rubin & Dr. Carl Mankowitz, Christie C. Salomon and Rich Lombard,, Susan Shine, Margo Shulman, Petra & Sam Slater, Deborah Stiles, Adèle K. and John Talty, Mr. and Mrs. David M. Tobey, Elizabeth Tunick, Alan & Elaine Weiler, Judy Francis Zankel.
Other Guests Included: Edward Barnes, Kit Basquin, Norman Benzaquen, Jewelle and Nathaniel Bickford, Hon. Jody Adams, Connie and Henry Christiensen, Jamie Cowperthwait, Peter and Katherine Darrow, Elisabeth De Picciotto, Jennie L and Richard K DeScherer, Junia Doan, Anthony and Judy Evnin, Patsy and Ed Garno, Michael and Mary Gellert, Michael Siegal and Nomi Ghez, Lynn Gilbert, Beth and Gary Glynn, Andrew Goffe and Jeff Levin, Ricky Ian Gordon and Kevin Doyle, Paul Gruber and Keith Champagne, Helen Little, Stefania and James McClennen, Richard Prins and Corrine Steensma, Jesse Rosen, Lisa Rubin and Carl Mankowitz, Irving and Lucy Sandler, Robert Simon and Gilles DeVoe, Frank Skillern, Annaliese Soros, Mira Spektor, Nora London, David and Julie Tobey, Christie and Ron Ulrich, Charlotte and Carl von Axelson, Sandra and George Weiksner, Rick Wertheim and Angelo Chan.
Dido and Aeneas featured Broadway’s leading lady Kelli O’Hara (Tony Award winner for the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I on Broadway), the multi-faceted star Victoria Clark (Tony Award winner for GIGI The Musical on Broadway), Canadian baritone Elliot Madore (Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, The Barber of Seville, Sweeney Todd), internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Christy (Les dialogues des Carmélites, Die Fledermaus), and American mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko (Catone in Utica) with a World Premiere prologue by five-time Tony Award nominated Composer, Lyricist and Librettist Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Cronicle of a Death Foretold).
Under the artistic direction of conductor Ted Sperling, MasterVoices is a New York City-based performing arts organization that celebrates singing and the art of musical storytelling. Founded as The Collegiate Chorale almost 75 years ago by legendary conductor Robert Shaw, the organization is one of the jewels of NYC cultural institutions, and has achieved international acclaim as well. Recent performances at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center have included Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Boito’s Mefistofele, Eric Idle’s Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) and many of the great choral works, including Brahms’ Requiem, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Glass’ Koyaanisqatsi and the Verdi Requiem. Some of the solo artists who have sung with MasterVoices recently include Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Nathan Gunn, Kelli O’Hara, Eric Idle, Eric Owens, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt. For more information, visit mastervoices.org. Connect with MasterVoices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@mastervoicesny).
The 2015-2016 Season continues with:
Mahler’s Symphony No. 2
Conducted by Joshua Gersen, presented by the New York Youth Symphony
May 29, 2016 at Carnegie Hall
The 2015-2016 season will conclude in June with a program featuring a World Premiere work, with music by Marisa Michelson and libretto by Royce Vavrek, developed for the launch of MasterVoices’ new community outreach program, Bridges.
June 5, 2016 at Ansche Chesed Synagogue
Major funding for MasterVoices’ 2015-16 season has been generously provided by The Geier Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.