The Friends of the Budapest Festival
Orchestra held their annual gala at Carnegie Hall last
Saturday evening. Ambassador and Mrs. Donald Blinken, Renée
Fleming, and Governor and Mrs. George Pataki were the
honorary chairs. The evening began with cocktails and a
dinner in the Weill Music Room.
Maestro Iván Fischer
made a dramatic entrance direct from a rehearsal and warmly
greeting his old friend and chairman emeritus, Daisy Soros.
At dinner, chairman Stephen Benko said, "We have so much to
celebrate here. A return to Carnegie Hall is always special.
Tonight will be stunning," followed by a warm and effusive
Maestro Fisher, “I would like to hug everybody in this room.
It is wonderful to be among our American friends. All of you
should be mentioned tonight…”
co-chairs were Sylvia Hemingway, Heidi-Lee-Komaromi,
Christine Schott Ledes, Laine Siklos, and Stephanie Stokes.
Susan Bender, Layla Diba, Martin Hoffman, Sylvia Hemingway,
Noémi and Michael Neidorff, Alexandra Nicklas, Reni
Rothschild, Sana Sabbagh, Donald and Barbara Tober, Suzanne
Vega and Paul L. Mills, and Victoria Wyman.
The evening’s gala
committee included: Ambassador Colleen Bell, Susan Bender,
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Buckfire, Aaron Feinstein, Andrew
Komaromi, Mr. and Mrs. John Merey, Peter Thomas Roth, Emese
Tardy-Green, and David Tobey.
The Budapest Festival
Orchestra will return to New York August 4th for the Mostly
Mozart Festival. Friends will be invited to the annual
private Hamptons Summer Chamber Concert. The Orchestra will
also perform at the Hollywood Bowl July 30, August 1st and