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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

#Nightlight #NewYorkNotes #CharitablePeachy @youngconcertartists #YCA #Gala with Damian Woetzel, Emanuel Ax, Christopher Wheeldon, Deborah Borda, Ruben Toledo A Total Smashing Success Raising In Excess of $1.2 Million in Its 63rd Year

Young Concerts Artists’ 63rd annual gala honored Damian Woetzel, President of The Juilliard School and Artistic Director of the Vail Dance Festival. The evening was chaired by Ann Ziff (also Chairman of The Metropolitan Opera) and Whom You Know was honored to attend.

“Juilliard and YCA share a common goal,” explained YCA President Daniel Kellogg, “to nurture the talents of brilliant young artists… For 63 years, YCA has invested in the next generation of extraordinary musicians, launching the careers of nearly 300 artists. Our alumni include Emanuel Ax, Julia Bullock, Randall Goosby, Sasha Cook, Mason Bates, Anne Akiko Meyers, Zlatomir Fung, and Jeremy Denk. All these artists also studied at Juilliard.”
YCA Chairman, Paul Sekhri, offered his “deepest gratitude to our Gala Chair, Ann Ziff…. Over the past 10 years she has become one of my closest friends, so it is especially meaningful to thank her for chairing our gala tonight… I'd also like to recognize this evening's honorary chairs, Deborah Borda, Anne Akiko Meyers, and Christopher Wheeldon… our esteemed co-chairs, Judith Pisar, Ellen Marcus, Annaliese Soros, and Mover and Shaker Barbara Tober, as well as the entire benefit committee. Judith Pisar is unable to fly in this week. She sends this message to Damian: ‘There could not have been a better person to honor at the 2024 YCA gala…I will raise my glass to you and all of YCA's guests from Paris.’” Paul Sekhri added, “I'd also like to thank YCA founder Susan Wadsworth, as without you, none of this would've been possible.”
Barbara Tober, Damian Woetzel, Ann Ziff, Paul J. Sekhri, Deborah Borda, Daniel Kellogg

The evening’s performances included musicians Jeremy Denk, Zlatomir Fung, Anne Akiko Meyers, Chaeyoung Park, Anthony Trionfo, Albert Cano Smit, Ying Li, Ziggy and Miles, Bella Hristova, Oliver Neubauer, Toby Appel, Julia Bruskin, and dancer/choreographer/movement artist Lil Buck. Following the music, guests adjourned to a spirited dinner in the Appel room, with its sweeping views of Central Park.

The evening raised in excess of 1.2 million dollars. Over 300 black-tie guests included Ray and Eva-Marie Berry, Chiara Clemente, Suzi Cordish, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Carole and John French, Margaret and Gregory Hedberg, Bruce C. Horton, Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, LaVon Kellner and Tom Roush, Michele Gerber Klein, Karen Lindquist, Helen and William Little, Jorge Islas López, Vincent and Anne Mai, Liane Pei, Calvin Royal III, Sana Sabbagh, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon, Annaliese Soros, Cory Toevs, Ruben Toledo, Heather Watts, Peachy Deegan with Mover and Shaker Barbara Tober below and many others.
We love you Barbara!


YCA’s artists are the leaders of the future – stars who combine world-class talent with creative vision to bring new reach and relevance to the art form. For more than 60 years YCA has invested in extraordinary young musicians, providing them with the support, clarity, and confidence to tell their stories, as well as with the tools, opportunities, and infrastructure to take their careers to the highest level.

With a legacy of artistic excellence recognized around the world, YCA alumni include such luminaries as Emanuel Ax, Julia Bullock, Anne Akiko Meyers, Jeremy Denk, Ray Chen, Anne-Marie McDermott, Richard Goode, Dawn Upshaw, Mason Bates, Zlatomir Fung, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Kevin Puts, Pinchas Zukerman, Randall Goosby, Sasha Cooke, and many more.

YCA’s rigorous audition process ensures that only the most extraordinary musicians are chosen to join the YCA Artist Fellowship Program. This transformative three-year program takes artists to new levels of creative growth, offering them a holistic combination of digital tools, mentorship, project development, performance opportunities, and training in education and community engagement.

Presenting artists across multiple stages that include debut concerts in New York City and Washington, DC, YCA also procures performances at top venues around the globe. We help artists develop innovative programs ranging from core works to contemporary commissions, which are performed for industry leaders and media, opening doors and fostering key relationships that fundamentally change the trajectory of their careers.

YCA realizes that modern artists need to be more than simply gifted, highly-trained musicians – they must also be cultural ambassadors who share musical experiences that reflect the beauty and diversity of the world around them.


Emanuel Ax

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Leon Botstein
Carter Brey
Kyung-Wha Chung
John Corigliano
Christoph Eschenbach
Leon Fleisher*
Gary Graffman
Nobuko Imai
Jerome Lowenthal
Yo-Yo Ma
Jorge Mester
Anne Akiko Meyers
Scott Nickrenz
Heiichiro Ohyama
Itzhak Perlman
Leontyne Price
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Paula Robison
Ned Rorem*
Julia Salvi
Gerard Schwarz
Leonard Slatkin
Isaac Stern*
Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Michael Tilson Thomas
Dawn Upshaw
Charles Wadsworth
Robert White
Eugenia Zukerman with Peachy below-see Peachy to the right with Charles Kuralt when they all worked together at CBS Sunday Morning with Missie Rennie
Pinchas Zukerman

*in memoriam

Ani Kavafian

Toby Appel
Carter Brey
Paul Huang
Ida Kavafian
Karen E. Lindquist
Anne-Marie McDermott
Eugenia Zukerman

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