Annual Friends of the Phil Dinner: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm
The Friends of the Phil Dinner is a tribute to the passion, vision, and dedication of like-minded individuals, in whom the power and beauty of music stir a personal desire to help sustain it.
Invited guests are treated to cocktails, dinner, a special performance by a rising young artist, a stimulating keynote, and then witness the bestowal of the organization’s Golden Baton Award.
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The inaugural Westchester Philharmonic Golden Baton Award was given in 2013 to Neil Aaron for his ten years of dedicated service to the orchestra. League of American Orchestra’s President Jesse Rosen gave the keynote and violinist Ryu Goto entertained.
In 2014 the Golden Baton Award was given to Dr. Shawn Amdur, Music Department Chair of the Rye City School District. Dr. Amdur is instrumental in supporting the Phil’s classroom music education program which brings 2,000 students to the concert hall, many for the first time, each winter. Friends of the Phil Dinner attendees heard a keynote by WQXR’s General Manager and Vice President, Graham Parker, and a delightful performance by cellist Joshua Roman.
The 2015 award was given to long-time orchestra board member Hannah Shmerler, whose tireless efforts and incalculable devotion to the orchestra epitomize the very definition of a “friend.” Supporters of the Phil heard a keynote by Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the famed Leonard Bernstein, and a delightful performance by rising pianist Joseph Mohan.
The 2016 award was given to founding orchestra member David Tobey, whose commitment to the orchestra has been abundant and unwavering. Supporters of the Phil enjoyed a discussion with Susan Wadsworth, founder and director of Young Concert Artists, and a moving performance by rising pianist Gleb Ivanov.
This is a complimentary event for donors at $500 and above. Call (914) 682-3707 ext. 15 for more information
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