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My View: This New York Pops Silent Auction Item Was Anything But Silent

My View: This New York Pops Silent Auction Item Was Anything But Silent

The listing by the New York Pops stated “Elegant Party for 20 Courtesy of Flood Catering with Musical Entertainment by Acclaimed Cocktail Pianist Stephen Sorokoff”, but the winning bidder got much more then she bargained for. Yes, this Stephen played the Lucite Grand Piano at Sunny Sessa’s party, but the relief pianist was another Steven. None other than Pops music director/conductor Steven Reineke took to the bench instead of his usual place on the podium at Carnegie Hall. The silent auction item soon turned into a spectacular New York City happening. Maestro Reineke accompanied Will and Anthony Nunziata in an impromptu performance, and then announced that their glorious voices would be heard at the Pops annual Holiday Concert in December. Billy Stritch dropped by on his way to Birdland and graciously donated his services at the keyboard for Mickey Conlon and Tom Portillio’s “Me And My Shadow” It was a very “Sunny” Memorial Day Party for the lucky 20 in attendance. I think the starting bid next year at the New York Pops Gala will be significantly higher. While raising a nice bit of $$$ for the PopsEd program, this one keyed in as a major bargain.

Sunny Sessa & Stephen Sorokoff

Sunny Sessa & Stephen Sorokoff

Steven Reineke

Steven Reineke

Chuck Steffan, Sunny Sessa, Eric Gabbard, Stephen Sorokoff, Will Nunziata

Chuck Steffan, Ron Abel, Sunny Sessa, Eric Gabbard, Stephen Sorokoff, Will Nunziata

Eda Sorokoff & Billy Stritch

Eda Sorokoff & Billy Stritch

Billy Stritch

Billy Stritch

Anthony Nunziata & Steven Reineke

Anthony Nunziata & Steven Reineke

Mickey Conklin, Sunny Sessa, Tom Postillion

Mickey Conlon, Sunny Sessa, Tom Postilio

Anthony Nunziata & stephen Sorokoff

Anthony Nunziata & Stephen Sorokoff

Sunny Sessa & Eda sorokoff

Sunny Sessa & Eda Sorokoff

Jamie deRoy, Chuck Steffan, Ron Able

Jamie deRoy, Chuck Steffan, Ron Abel

Arlene & Alan Lazare

Arlene & Allan Lazare

Ron Able & Sunny Sessa

Ron Abel & Sunny Sessa

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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 Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com 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 Sorokoff@gmail.com

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