black Tie Magazine, black tie china.,,
Celebrity Philanthropy News
Society News
Save the Date Directory
Black Tie China
Black Tie France
Black Tie Israel
Black Tie Philippines
Black Tie
Global Sustainability News
Nightlife With
Rose Billings
The Season
Gerard Mc Keon
Joyce Brooks
Follow us on 
Twitter   Facebook   Google+   Pinterest
Society News
New York Society
Palm Beach Society
International Society
Hampton Society
Las Vegas Society
West Coast Society
U.S. Society
Save The Date
Save the Date Directory
Listing Non-Profit Events
Philanthropy News
Featured Foundations
Philanthropy  Giving
Entrepreneurial & Philanthropy Awards
Event Resources
Event Resource Directory
Event Talent Directory
Black Tie
Lifestyle Selection
Couture Fashion
Fine Wines
Friends of Black Tie
 Health & Wellness
Impact Investment
Interior Design
Investigative Services
Kids on Location
Legal Services
Luxury Yachts
Pet Services
Private Air
 Real Estate
Recommended Reading
Restaurant Reviews
Single Friendly Events
Social Announcements
Sustainable Investment
Wealth Management
Share this Page
Promote Your Business or Foundation:
Co-Hosting Events
Featured Foundations
Listing Non-Profit Events
Promote your Services
Feature your Talent
Friends of
Black Tie
Add your e-mail
for invitations to  our
Friends of Black Tie Events

Friends of Black Tie
Black Tie Classic
Current Issue
Diana Issue
Jacqueline Kennedy
Back Issues
More Back Issues
Black Tie TV
Online Store 1

























































































































































































































































































































































Save the Date May 14, 2018
E-mail this page to your friends

Black Tie International:
Kaufman Music Center 2018 Gala

Kaufman Music Center


Flute legends Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway along with opera superstar Ailyn Pérez will head the entertainment lineup at Kaufman Music Center’s 2018 Gala on Monday, May 14 at Guastavino’s, 409 East 59th St., NYC. The Gala will celebrate the importance and beauty of music education by honoring the Center’s long-time Executive Director, Lydia Kontos, for her four decades of exemplary leadership and stalwart advocacy. The gala, beginning at 6:30 pm, will also feature young virtuosos from Kaufman Music Center’s various schools and programs on stage with the Galways and Ms. Perez, who is currently singing the role of Marguerite in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Faust and will appear this spring as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera.


Kaufman Music Center is a pioneer and an innovator in the music world,” says Kaufman’s Executive Director Lydia Kontos, who has announced her retirement and will step down in September 2018 after nearly 40 years at the Center’s helm. “Music education has the power to open doors and change lives, and we have harnessed that power for our students. I am proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to watching the organization grow and evolve in the future. There are still so many opportunities!”


The 2018 Gala is a highlight of Kaufman Music Center’s Year of Thanks in honor of Ms. Kontos’s remarkable leadership and vision. The recently-launched Celebration of Our Muse campaign invites donors to support scholarships ensuring that her commitment to making music education affordable to all can continue long after her tenure.


“We are pleased to be part of this tribute honoring Lydia Kontos,” says Sir James and Lady Galway. “We would like to congratulate her on a Lifetime Achievement in education and dedication to Kaufman Music Center and for enriching all our lives. She is indeed a great inspiration to us all.”


This elegant, entertaining evening will benefit Kaufman Music Center’s Fund for Music Education, which helps thousands of children access high-level instruction in music, theater and dance. The Fund supports the $2.5 million music curriculum at Kaufman’s K-12 public school for musically gifted children (Special Music School), provides scholarships to underprivileged students at Manhattan’s largest community arts school (Lucy Moses School) and creates opportunities for children in New York City’s neediest schools to enjoy musical theater performances.


“At a time when music education is disappearing from our public school system, it is more important than ever to be inspired by and supportive of Kaufman Music Center,’ says Opera star Ailyn Pérez. “Identifying talent early on and providing access to music education gives students boundless opportunities to grow and to become empowered adults. Lydia Kontos has been a visionary supporter and a champion for music education, creating extraordinary programs that not only foster young talent, but that also nurture and encourage children through in-depth mentorship programs. She has enriched the lives of countless students and families, and therefore has energized communities and the future of the arts.”


Gala Chairs are the Assurant FoundationElaine and Henry KaufmanBethany and Robert B. Millard and Christina and Lawrence Wee. Gala Vice-Chairs are Rosalind Devon and Sanford L. Batkin and Cathy and John O’Rourke. They will be joined by prominent artists and performers including conductor David Robertson, MacArthur “Genius” and Artistic Director/Founder of the Young People's Chorus of New York City Francisco J. Núñez, pianist Orli Shaham and pianist Shai Wosner. Representing the NYC business community are Man Made Music leader Joel BeckermanRobert Millard (Chairman, MIT), Wendy Mosler (Global Holdings Management Group), Lawrence Wee (Paul, Weiss), Nina Kontos (Google), David Klafter (Pershing Square Capital Management), Mark Rambler(Credibility Capital), Alex Chi (Goldman Sachs), Dick Beattie and Leonard and Connie Goodman (Goody).


Lydia Kontos – Recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

One of the longest-serving professional leaders of an arts center in NYC history, Kaufman Music Center Executive Director Lydia Kontos has had an enormous impact on the NYC music scene – particularly contemporary classical – and on music education in NYC and nationally. During her tenure, KMC has evolved from a small music school into NYC’s premier center for pre-college music education and performance. The many programs launched through her leadership include: the first comprehensive presenting series at Merkin Concert HallSpecial Music School, NYC’s only K-12 public school for musically gifted children; the Ecstatic Music Festival, hailed as “the alt-classical world’s main showcase” (New York Times); the celebrated youth new music ensemble Face the Music; and Luna Composition Lab, a mentorship program for young women composers founded by Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid. Ms. Kontos recently announced her retirement and will step down in September 2018. For more information about the evolution of Kaufman Music Center under Ms. Kontos, click here.


Sir James Galway – 2018 Gala Performer

Globally renowned as the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Sir James Galway is a consummate performer whose appeal transcends all musical boundaries. Through his extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold, his frequent international television appearances and collaborations with many popular artists, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide.


Belfast-born, Galway studied in London and Paris before embarking on his orchestral career in London’s major opera and symphonic orchestras. He took up the coveted position of solo flautist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan in 1969, before becoming one of the very first flautists to establish an international solo career in 1975.


Alongside his busy performing schedule, Galway devotes much of his free time to educational outreach. He has established the Galway Flute Academy, which includes international flute festivals, masterclasses, free community events ( and his own online flute community: First Flute ( as well as visiting professorships to the Royal Irish Academy Dublin and The Royal College of Music London, to name a few.


A tireless promoter of the arts, he also gives a great deal of time to charitable organizations including SOS, Future Talent, Youth Music (UK), Music Generation Ireland, The Ireland Funds and the Shimon Peres Peace Center educational project – as well as UNICEF, for whom he is a Special Representative.


Awarded the OBE in 1979, and subsequently a Knighthood for Services to Music in 2001, Sir James Galway has been the recipient of many honors and awards for his musical accomplishments including the Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts; Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Gramophone and the National Concert Hall Dublin; the Grammy Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award and The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.


Lady Jeanne Galway – 2018 Gala Performer

A graduate of New York City’s Mannes College of Music, Lady Galway has risen to become one of the world’s leading female flautists. She is an accomplished and much celebrated artist who regularly tours internationally in diverse and virtuosic programmes, and is also deeply committed to music education initiatives.


Lady Galway’s concerto appearances have been with many of the leading orchestras in the United States, including Chicago, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In Europe, she regularly performs in London, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Salzburg and Zurich, and she frequently visits Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore.


In addition to her highly successful career as a soloist, Lady Galway is also an accomplished chamber musician, touring regularly with various chamber ensembles including her trio Zephyr (pianist Jonathan Feldman and cellist Darrett Adkins). The group’s first recording,Zephyr – Winds of Romance, includes works by Haydn, Martinů and Weber. Lady Galway also works as the premiere flute duo partner of her husband Sir James Galway, delighting audiences worldwide, and in 2008 receiving the ‘Spirit of Ireland’ award in recognition for their roles as ambassadors for music. Lady Galway has recorded to critical acclaim for RCA, BMG Classics and Deutsche Grammophon.


Varied concert engagements include performances in the presence of The Empress of Japan, HRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Kent, The Queen of Norway, The Queen of Spain, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, President Shimon Peres, President Mary McAleese, President Michael D. Higgins, US Vice President Joe Biden and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. Lady Galway serves as a patron to the charity Future Talent headed by the Duchess of Kent, Ambassador of The European Brain Council and of Music Generation Ireland.


Actively pursuing her love of teaching, Lady Galway dedicates much of her time to working with the younger generation through her educational articles, mentoring of flute students, blogs and recordings. She created the groundbreaking ‘First Flute’ online education community with her husband, and also gives regular masterclasses of her own to aspiring flautists throughout the world. She devotes every summer to running the celebrated Galway Flute Academy in Switzerland (


Ailyn Pérez – 2018 Gala Performer

Hailed by the New York Times as “a beautiful woman who commands the stage” and “a major soprano,” Ailyn Pérez is increasingly in demand at the world’s leading opera houses and cultural capitals. In the 2017-18 season, Ms. Pérez returns to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the Countess in Le Nozze di FigaroThaïs (title role, role debut), and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette). She recently made her operatic stage debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Marguerite in a new production of Faust, and debuts at the Opernhaus Zürich as Violetta in La Traviata. Ailyn also sings her first Dvořák Requiem in Prague, which will be recorded for a future release on DECCA Classics. Ailyn Pérez has received several honours, including the 2012 Richard Tucker Award (thereby becoming the first Hispanic recipient in the award’s 35-year history), the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award, the 2016 Beverly Sills Award from The Metropolitan Opera, the 2017 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award. She was also a 2017 honoree at the Martina Arroyo Foundation Gala. Ms. Pérez currently serves as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Artists' Council and the Advisory Board for Time In Kids.



About Kaufman Music Center

Kaufman Music Center is New York’s go-to place for music education and performance. Our belief is that music is essential to the human experience and a vital component of education for everyone. Our mission is to stimulate appreciation of and participation in music through music performance and education in ways that awaken creativity, advance innovation and create a sense of wonder among performers, students, teachers and the public at large. At Kaufman Music Center, music lovers – from curious fans to renowned performers – come together to explore their musical passions. Founded in 1952 as a community music school, today’s Kaufman Music Center is home to Merkin Concert HallLucy Moses School, a community arts school for all ages; Special Music School, NYC’s only  K-12 public school for musically gifted children; and the critically-acclaimed youth new music ensemble Face the Music.



Listings information:

Kaufman Music Center’s 2018 Gala
Honoring Lydia Kontos

Performances by Sir James Galway with Lady Jeanne Galway, and Ailyn Pérez

Date: Monday, May 14, 2018, 6:30 pm

Venue: Guastavino’s (409 East 59th St., NYC)

Individual ticket prices begin at $1000. Table prices begin at $10,000.

Festive dress.

Ticket information: 212 501 3350,,




Kaufman Music Center

129 West 67th Street,

New York, NY 10023



Gerard Mc Keon and Joyce Brooks.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

To list an Upcoming Event

Save the Date
Celebrity Philanthropy News
Society News

Black Tie Magazine TV

Promote Your Event or Business

Event Resource Directory,   Promote your Services
Event Talent  Directory,  
Feature your Talent
Co-hosting events with Black Tie



«  Back to Home





Featured Philanthropic Events
 & Sustainable Investment Opportunities

Follow us on
Black Tie Magazine TV

Search the Site



Save the Date


International Day of Education

International Day of

" Education: A key Driver
 for Inclusion
and Empowerment"
United Nations , NYC

January 24, 2019

Save the Date

Chinese New Year spectacular V

Chinese New Year
Spectacular V
Carnegie Hall, NYC
February 15, 2019

Save the Date

Black Tie China

howie rosen, ma qiaoqui, joyce brooks, gerard mc keon

Black Tie International Magazine
& Black Tie China,
Greenwich Financial Investment Forum


Celebrating 40 Years of china -u.s. diplomatic relations

Celebrating 40 Years of
China - U.S.
Diplomatic Relations

United Nations, NY
Black Tie China


NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Sandy Weill, Joan Weill and Lang Lang attend LLIMF 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Cipriani 25 Broadway on October 10, 2018 in New York. Photo by Krista Kennell/PMC

Lang Lang

The Lang Lang International
Music Foundation™ 

10th Anniversary
Gala Dinner
Raises  $1.6 Millio

Black Tie China

Black Tie Sustainable Investment

jeff bezos

Jeff Bezos
On Philanthropy

Impact Investment

Black Tie Philippines

Gerard Mc Keon and Laica Herrera.  Photo by:  GMK/

5th Annual Belgium
Cheese & Beer Night
at Manila Polo Club
Black Tie


Black Tie Philippines

 Celebrity Philanthropy News

gerard mc keon

United Nations Correspondents Association
The 23rd Annual UNCA Awards

Ronald S. Lauder 

Peres Center For Peace
And Innovation
Ronald S. Lauder 


Celebrity Philanthropy News


2018 FACES Gala honorees Deborah and Bill Harlan with Deborah Devinsky and FACES founder and director of NYU Langone's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Dr. Orrin Devinsky. (NYU Langone)

NYU Langone 2018
Raises $5.6 Million
For Epilepsy Research,

Society News


Time to Act on Global Mental Health

Time to Act
Global Mental Health
United Nations, NYC


Society News


Women’s Health Symposium Executive Steering Committee. Photo by:  Studio Brooke

 Weill Cornell Medicine and
Annual Womens Health Symposium Luncheon

Society News


 Daniel A. Nigro, Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department  and John A. Catsimatidis, Chairman & CEO of Red Apple Group. Photo credit Jill Nelson

 Police Athletic League
Annual Superstar Dinner


Society News


Musical Director &Conductor Steve Reineke, Honoree is Alan Menken,and Robert De Niro.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

 Steve Reineke
Alan Menken
Robert De Niro

The  New YorkPops
35th Birthday Gala


Celebrity Philanthropy News


.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

Brian Grazer
 Veronica Smiley

Time 100
The Most
Influential People
 of 2018


Celebrity Philanthropy News


Usher and Sharon Bush with Honoree Harry Belafonte.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

Sharon Bush
 Harry Belafonte

RFK Human Rights
Ripple of Hope Awards


Society News


Greg Schriefer and Honoree Clive Davis. Photo by:  Rose Billings/

Clive Davis

Fifth Annual
Eight Over Eighty
Benefit Gala



Celebrity Philanthropy News


His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York.   Photo by:  Julie Robinson

42nd Annual Inner-City
Scholarship Fund
 Friends Gala
Raises Over $1 Million


Society News


Marion Waxman, Anna Rhodes and Susan Gutfreund.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/

The Samuel Waxman
Cancer Research Center
Ladies who Lunch
 for a Cure


Celebrity Philanthropy News


Global CeylonTea Party

Permanent Mission
 of Sri Lanka
 to the United Nation

Global Ceylon Tea Party
in Celebration of the
150th Anniversary of
Ceylon Tea


Society News


©Patrick McMullan Photo - Sean Zanni/PMC

Fresh Air Fund
Annual Spring Gala
Raises $1.7 Million


Society News


Siena Rumbough, Gala Co-Chairs, Leah Rumbough, Stanley Rumbough and Ty Jones. Photo by: Rose Billings/

The New York City
 Mission Society
 Champions for Children


Society News


Taye Diggs presented the Spirit of Entertainment Award to Nancy O’Dell, co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight

Nancy O'Dell
Taye Diggs
Associates for Breast
 and  Prostrate Cancer
Talk of the Town Gala
Beverley Hills, CA


Celebrity Philanthropy News


Open Your Hearts Chair Jean Shafiroff, with Honorees Ralph S. Mosca, M.D. Photo by:  Rose Billings/

21st Annual
Hamptons Heart Ball


Society News


national meningitas

National Meningitis
 Association Rings
The Nasdaq Stock Market
Closing Bell

Society News


the ocean conference

The Ocean Conference

Our oceans, our future:
partnering for the
implementation of
 Sustainable Development
 Goal 14

United Nations

Society News


Charles Rangel, Representative for Districts New York and David N Dinkins,  106th Mayor of New York City.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

The Inner Circle
 Annual Charity Show
"Curb Your Narcissism"
 The New York
Hilton Midtown

Society News


Peter Regna, Barbara Regna©Patrick McMullan/Photo - Aurora Rose/PMC

Opening Night Benefit


Society News


Catherina Farrell, John Farrell, Honoree and daughter Caitlin Farrell.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

 Historical Society
Annual Weekend
With History

Society News


ecosoc 2017

“Partnerships for
promoting opportunities,
increased prosperity and sustainable development
 for all”

Society News


Kathryn and Leo Vecellio

The 62nd Annual
Palm Beach Heart Ball
Raises Over $1 Million


Palm Beach Society


 Silvia Frieser (Co-Chair) (Executive Director) Michael Peenik (Co-Chair).  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

 The 62nd
Viennese Opera Ball


Society News


Lois Pope and Dr. Robin Ganzert. Photos by CAPEHART

LIFE's 23rd Annual
"Lady in Red" Gala
Raises More Than
 $1.2 Million



Palm Beach Society


 Deborra-Lee Furness, Leadership Award Recipient and Cate Blanchett, Presenter.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

Deborra-Lee Furness
 Cate Blanchett

UN Women for Peace
Awards Luncheon

Celebrity Philanthropy News


Andrew Solomon, Meryl Streep, Stephen Sondheim

Andrew Solomon
Meryl Streep
Stephen Sondheim

PEN America
Annual Literary Gala
Raises $2 Million

Celebrity Philanthropy News


Bob Blasband and Dorothy Lichtenstein, President, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and Stony Brook Foundation Board Trustee..  Photo by:  Rose Billings/


19th Annual
Stars of Stony Brook Gala
Raises Over $7.1 Million


Society News


NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: (L-R) Fashion designer Issac Mizrahi, honoree Linda Lloyd Lambert and President and CEO of ASPCA, Matt Bershadker attend the ASPCA hosted 20th Annual Bergh Ball at The Plaza Hotel on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for ASPCA)

 Issac Mizrahi
Linda Lloyd Lambert
  Matt Bershadker
20th Annual Bergh Ball
Raises   $1.5 Million

Society News


Crown Prince Alexander, Joyce Brooks

Crown Prince Alexander
 Joyce Brooks


Society News


Elizabeth Taylor and Kathy Ireland

Elizabeth Taylor
 Kathy Ireland

The Elizabeth Taylor
 AIDS Foundation
 Legendary Stars
 85th Birthday

Celebrity Philanthropy News


Jude Demorest, Lee Daniels and Brittany O'Grady.  Photo by:  Vince Bucci

 Jude Demorest
 Lee Daniels
 Brittany O'Grady

Extraordinary Families
2nd Annual Awards Gala
Beverly Hills, CA


Celebrity Philanthropy News


From left: Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, Jessica M. Bibiliowicz, chairman of Weill Cornell Medicine's Board of Overseers, Frank A. Bennack, Jr., chairman of NewYork-Presbyterian's Board of Trustees, and Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, interim dean of Weill Cornell Medicine, during the annual Cabaret benefit dinner on Nov. 9 at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. The event raised $3.5 million to support the institutions' ongoing work in patient care, biomedical research and medical education..  Photo by:  Studio Brooke

 Weill Cornell Medicine
Annual Cabaret Benefit
Raises $3,5 Million


Society News


T. Denny Sanford

T. Denny Sanford
 $100 million Gift
Sanford Stem Cell
Clinical Center


Society News


Nancy Grand, Stephen Grand

Nancy &Stephen Grand
commit $50 million
to the
Weizmann Institute
of Science


Society News


Marc Anthony, Carlos Slim, Petra Nemcova

Marc Anthony
Carlos Slim
Petra Nemcova

 Hearts Fund


 Celebrity Philanthropy News


Israel's 65th birthday

Birthday gift


Philanthropy Giving


Black Tie International Realty

amayan beach, palawan, philippines

 Amayan, Beach,

348 acres
$5.25 million

International Realty


Philanthropy Giving

2017 US Charitable Giving
Sets New Record $477.55 Billion



Global Sustainability News


Cortés Desalination and Tidal Electric Generation Project

and Tidal Electric
 Generation Project

Impact Investments


sustainable development goals

United Nations 
  Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)


Event Resources Directory

gerard mc keon, Event Resourcess

Everything you need
to run a
World Class Event

Promote your Services

Event Resource Directory



Follow us on   Twitter       Facebook




Copyright 2006 Black Tie Magazine. All Rights Reserved .

Privacy Policy |