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My View: The Winner of The New York Pops Auction Item Gets Much More Than She Bid For

My View: The Winner of The New York Pops Auction Item Gets Much More Than She Bid For

The silent auction item at The New York Pops annual gala/concert held at Carnegie Hall and the Mandarin Hotel in April, offered a pianist to play at your private party complete with catering by Trattoria del Arte.  The Pops Concert and Gala’s proceeds help finance The Pops/Ed Programs.   For the third year, the winning bidder got much more than she bargained for.  Not only did the advertised pianist (Stephen Sorokoff) appear, but also a slew of New York’s must celebrated keyboard artists and entertainers joined the festivities.

Absent this year was Maestro Steven Reineke who usually shares the piano duties at the party. He had a prior conducting engagement, but an apartment filled with the friends of auction winner Sunny Sessa were there.  The silent auction item became anything but silent as the the talented guests joined the musical celebration for The Pops/Ed Programs.   

This year’s piano auction item will also take place in Palm Beach.  Dick Robinson and Legends Radio had the winning bid for the Florida version. 

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Sunny Sessa & Stephen Sorokoff

Julie Budd & Stephen Sorokoff

Sunny Sessa & Steve Tyrell

Billy Stritch & Steve Tyrell

Steve Tyrell, Eda Sorokoff, Janiene Sharell, Stephen Sorokoff

Craig Neier, Sunny Sessa, Jamie deRoy


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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