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My View: Peter Yarrow Honored And It Was A Grand Night For Singing At NY Choral Society Gala

My View: Peter Yarrow Honored And It Was A Grand Night For Singing At NY Choral Society Gala

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
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

Peter Yarrow

Amanda Woodbury, Soprano

Sean Panikkar, Tenor

Joanne W. Lawson, honoree

Michael Colosi, Chairman of the Board

NY Choral Society Spring Gala

Eda Sorokoff & Peter Yarrow

Eda Sorokoff & Stephen Sorokoff

(For complete photos of the Gala go to


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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