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On May 16, over two hundred guests attended the Young Concert Artists Gala Benefit Evening at Alice Tully Hall, which raised $400,000 to support Young Concert Artists’ mission to discover and launch the careers of extraordinary artists.
The evening celebrated Young Concert Artists’ fifty-two year history of discovering classical music’s most illustrious names, and honored revered 95-year-old novelist, biographer, playwright and philanthropist, A.E. Hotchner, who co-created the philanthropic enterprise of Newman’s Own, as well as the original salad dressing, with his longtime friend, Paul Newman. Mr. Hotchner co-founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with life-threatening illnesses, wrote two Broadway shows (The White House starring Helen Hayes and Welcome to the Club, which was nominated for two Tony Awards); acclaimed biographies of his close friend Ernest Hemingway (Papa Hemingway), Sophia Loren, Doris Day, and the Rolling Stones; and a memoir of his childhood in the Depression, King of the Hill, which was adapted for the screen and directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Stars of film and stage honored Hotchner as members of the Gala Honorary Committee, including Lauren Bacall, Alec Baldwin, Glenn Close, Doris Day, Carole King, Kevin Kline, Kelli O’Hara, and Chita Rivera.
The evening included cocktails and a concert, with nearly 1,000 attendees, presenting three Young Concert Artists soloists with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s: violinist Bella Hristova (receipient of a prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant the night before), and pianists Benjamin Moser and Louis Schwizgebel. The concert received a rave review from The New York Times, which praised the soloists’ “mature artistry,…accomplished technique, penetrating sound and probing musicianship.” A gala dinner followed. (Click here to read the rest of The New York Times review.)
Benefit guests including Ariane Batterberry, Robert and Helen Bernstein, Noreen and Kenneth Buckfire, Helen Fioratti, Mary Ann Fribourg, Alexis Gregory, Marlene Herring (Gala Chairman) and Paul Herring, John Herring, Dara Perlbinder, A.E. Hotchner (Guest of Honor) and Virginia Kiser, Nan and Gay Talese, Sahra Lese, Mimi Levitt, Ellen and James Marcus, Anne Roiphe, Achim and Colette Moeller, Janet Ross, Judith and Herbert Schlosser, Annaliese Soros, Susan Wadsworth (Founder and Director of YCA), Charles Wadsworth, and Robert White. Supporters of the evening included Henry Arnhold, Barbara and James Block, Mr. and Mrs. John French III, Bruce Kovner, Leonard Lauder, and Mortimer Zuckerman.
YCA artists receive management services that bring concert engagements throughout the U.S. and debuts in New York, Boston, and Washington D.C. World-renowned alumni include Pinchas Zukerman, Emanuel Ax, and Dawn Upshaw. Through the Annaliese Soros Educational Residency Program, YCA artists also perform for and interact with thousands of students nationwide.