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My View: Robert De Niro, Laura Osnes, and Celebs At The New York Pops Gala Honoring Alan Menken

My View: Robert De Niro, Laura Osnes, and Celebs At The New York Pops Gala Honoring Alan Menken

It was probably one of the greatest New York Pops annual Concert/Dinner/Dance Galas in it’s 35 year history.  Steven Reineke music director and conductor of the Orchestra put together a musical tribute to the composer Alan Menken that had a capacity filled Carnegie Hall audience cheering and giving standing ovations after every selection.  Alan Menken who has won more Academy Awards than any other living individual (including eight Oscars) for his music, had his compositions sung by stars of Broadway and film. Many of those artists performing had appeared in the original productions of his works. There was also a super surprise at the finale as Angela Lansbury came out on stage to sing with the orchestra.

We had a great table of friends joining Eda Sorokoff and Jamie deRoy who were members of The Gala Committee.

In addition to Alan Menken, this year’s Music Honoree, American Airlines was the Corporate Honoree and Hillary and Bill Weldon, Gracie and Hope Foundation were Honored by The New York Pops. 

Alan Menken’s music, songs and scores have become an integral part of the fabric of our lives since his first works were produced nearly 40 years ago.  He has written the music for many of the Disney films and Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Group was also at the Gala. 

Check out the exciting evening our table had ………..

Laura Osnes & Steven Reineke

Eda Sorokoff & Robert De Niro

Jamie deRoy & Alan Menken

Eda Sorokoff & Thomas Schumacher, Pres. Disney Theatrical Group

Ron Abel & Hillary Weldon

Robert De Niro & James Monroe Iglehart

Steven Reineke & Stephen Sorokoff

Eda Sorokoff, Lillias White, Paul Kreppel, Jamie deRoy

Riki Kane Larimer & Steve Schonberg

Steven Reineke, Eda Sorokoff, June Freemazon,Board NY Pops, Eric Gabbard

Timothy Stoddard, Eda Sorokoff, Brian Worsdale, music director French Woods

Derrick Baskin & Jamie deRoy

Grace Hightower, Hillary Weldon, Robert De Niro, Bill Weldon

Eda Sorokoff & James A. Read, Board Chairman NY POPS

Robert De Niro & Jamie deRoy

Eda Sorokoff & Paul Kreppel

Eda Sorokoff, Riki Kane Larimer, Jamie deRoy

Eda Sorokoff & Eric Gabbard

Steve Reineke & Eda Sorokoff

James A. Read





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 also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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