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My View: The Winning Bid Was A Win Win

My View: The Winning Bid Was A Win Win

There are many high profile and exciting items auctioned off at prestigious Galas.  You can have lunch with Warren Buffett or other famous luminaries.  You can replace Maestro Steven Reineke on the podium at Carnegie Hall and conduct The New York Pops Orchestra for a few minutes or win this writer to play piano at your private party if you bid high enough at the Pops Gala.  Last night at the historic Lotos Club in New York City one of the most prestigious classical music organizations in the country had a dinner and the winning bidder at The Stecher Horowitz 60th Anniversary Gala last April and invited guests were entertained by the prize.

 Arguably two of the finest artists the art of Cabaret has produced, KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler captivated an audience who are usually electrified by some of the most extraordinary pianists on the planet that pass through the musical doors of opportunity created by Melvin Stecher & Norman Horowitz for the past 60 years.

At last April’s Gala which honored Norman & Melvin, William S. Hearst Chairman of the Board of the Foundation had this to say:  

“No tribute would be complete without referencing the sheer humanity of Stecher and Horowitz or Melvin and Norman, as so many of us know them. Margaret Carpenter, our Vice-Chair and I have known Melvin and Norman for a combined ninety years plus and the charm and satisfaction we receive from just knowing them is one of the delights of life. their dedication to the cause of cultivating young artists is infectious and it’s hard not to jump on their glory-bound bandwagon that is perpetually headed in pursuit of excellence, no matter what the endeavor. Our hats go off to you, dear Melvin and Norman and we rise a cup of “Auld Lang Syne.” as we salute you on this most memorable occasion”

KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler thrilled the audience with their extraordinary talents and also raised their glasses to honor Stretcher & Horowitz at this memorable event at the Lotos Club last evening.  The winning bid was certainly a win win for everyone present.  

To paraphrase what Johnny Carson said about Marilyn Maye…This you young Cabaret Artists is how you do it…………

KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler
KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler
KT Sullivan
Mark Nadler
Mark Nadler & KT Sullivan
KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler
Mark Nadler & Eda Sorokoff
Norman Horowitz
Melvin Stecher
Gus Rosendale NBC TV Anchor
Maggie Mae rosendale & William Hearst, Chairman of the Board
Lotos Club
Dinner Time
WIlliam S. Hearst
Lotos CLub
KT Sullivan & Stephen Downey


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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