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Carnegie Hall Ignites with Blissful Night with Budapest Festival Orchestra

Carnegie Hall Ignites with Blissful Night with Budapest Festival Orchestra

This weekend the sun was shinning and New York City finally got a breath of fresh air with spring. With the beautiful day came a stunning treasure found in the grand arches of Carnegie Hall.

Sylvia Hemingway, Ivan Fischer, Libby Pataki, Vera Blinken, Ambassador Donald Blinken, Daisy Soros, Governor George Pataki at The Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution at Carnegie Hall, Weill Music Room in New York on 04/06/2019 (photo by Annie Watt Agency / Sipa USA)

On April 6, over a hundred guests gathered for a splendid gala held by the Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Attendees mingled over a splendid meal of roasted beet salad and thyme roasted Chilean sea bass before champagne toasts to honor the night.

___, Noémi Neidorff, Ivan Fischer at The Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution at Carnegie Hall, Weill Music Room in New York on 04/06/2019 (photo by Annie Watt Agency / Sipa USA

Ambassador and Mrs. Donald Blinken, Renée Fleming, and Governor and Mrs. George Pataki were the honorary chairs.  Maestro Iván Fischer made a dramatic entrance direct from a rehearsal and warmly greeting his old friend and chairman emeritus, Daisy Soros.

At the exquisite dinner, chairman Stephen Benko said, “We have so much to celebrate here. A return to Carnegie Hall is always special. Tonight will be stunning,” followed by a warm and effusive Maestro Fisher, “I would like to hug everybody in this room. It is wonderful to be among our American friends. All of you should be mentioned tonight…”

Stephanie Stokes, Van Kirk Reeves at The Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution at Carnegie Hall, Weill Music Room in New York on 04/06/2019 (photo by Annie Watt Agency / Sipa USA)

The evening’s co-chairs were Sylvia Hemingway, Heidi-Lee-Komaromi, Christine Schott Ledes, Laine Siklos, and Stephanie Stokes.

Lovely guests included: Susan Bender, Layla Diba, Martin Hoffman, Sylvia Hemingway, Noémi and Michael Neidorff, Alexandra Nicklas, Reni Rothschild, Sana Sabbagh, Donald and Barbara Tober, Suzanne Vega and Paul L. Mills, and Victoria Wyman. 

Committee included: Ambassador Colleen Bell, Susan Bender, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Buckfire, Aaron Feinstein, Andrew Komaromi, Mr. and Mrs. John Merey, Peter Thomas Roth, Emese Tardy-Green, and David Tobey. 

The Budapest Festival Orchestra will return to New York August 4th for the Mostly Mozart Festival.  Friends will be invited to the annual private Hamptons Summer Chamber Concert.  The Orchestra will also perform at the Hollywood Bowl July 30, August 1st and 6th. 

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Photos by Annie Watt

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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