Talk about unplugged….. No microphones needed as The New York Choral Society presented two great Metropolitan Opera singers last night at their Spring Gala which honored Peter Yarrow and Joanne W. Lawson. Soprano Amanda Woodbury and Sean Panikkar, Tenor thrilled the Gala guests at The Metropolitan Club.
The Gala brings together singers, musicians, conductors, and music lovers for a special evening celebrating the work of noted artists and friends of NYCHORAL. This year, NYCHORAL continued its partnership with the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, and presented performances by two notable soloists, soprano Amanda Woodbury and tenor Sean Panikkar. Ms. Woodbury’s and Mr. Panikkar’s appearances are courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.
The Gala supports NYCHORAL’s program of bringing its world-class music-making to venues throughout New York and beyond. The event also featured a silent auction offering on www.501auctions.com/nycs
This year NYCHORAL honored the music and career of longtime NYCHORAL friend Peter Yarrow, well-known singer, songwriter, activist, and founding member of Peter, Paul, and Mary. NYCHORAL Emeritus Conductor
Robert De Cormier, who was Music Director from 1970 to 1987 and had always divided his activities between classical and popular music, bridged the two worlds when NYCHORAL joined Peter, Paul, and Mary for a Holiday Celebration at Carnegie Hall. For years, PBS aired this annual concert nationally. Maestro De Cormier first met Mary Travers—later to become Mary of the beloved trio—when she was a music student of his at the Little Red School House in New York.
Celebrating her 50th season with NYCHORAL, Executive Vice President and Trustee Joanne W. Lawson was also honored at this year’s gala. A tireless supporter of NYCHORAL, Ms. Lawson has brought an exemplary amount of energy and enthusiasm to her music and work at NYCHORAL. Ms. Lawson worked for 35 years in senior management and executive positions with nonprofit organizations and advertising agencies, including at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and as head of direct marketing fundraising program for CARE and the ASPCA. She was one of the four founders of Darcy Direct (now Gray Direct).
(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of the Gala go to BroadwayWorld.com)
(For complete photos of the Gala go to BroadwayWorld.com)