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Orchestra Of St. Luke's “Gift Of Music” Gala

Orchestra of St. Luke's gala at the Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center.

On May 21, the Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) presented its annual “Gift of Music Award” at a gala event at The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Each year, the OSL presents this award to an artist or leader in philanthropy or business who has made a significant contribution to the world of classical music. The 2007 “Gift of Music Award” was presented to Joseph A. DiMenna, a member of the board directors of the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

The gala benefit, attended by 370 guests, raised over $1 million, a record for the event.  Among those attending, in addition to honoree Joseph A. DiMenna and event co-chairs Arthur Samberg, Fred Stein, and Martin Zweig, were event host Barbara Feldon, David Monn (who was also the event producer), Susan and Elihu Rose, Gayfryd and Saul Steinberg, Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles, Roger and Susan Hertog, Josie and Kenneth Natori, Byron Wien, James Marcus, Judy and Anthony Evnin, Georgia and Ronald Frasch, John Hargraves and Nancy Newcomb, Louise Mirrer, Ashley Schiff, and Steven Sadove.

Jazz at Lincoln Center artistic director Wynton Marsalis made a brief appearance during the award presentation to offer his congratulations to Mr. DiMenna. The evening also featured a short video on the OSL and a performance by the orchestra and mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey of music by Mozart, Rodgers, and Gershwin.

Norman Benzaquen, chairman of OSL Board; Marianne Lockwood, OSL president and executive director; and Gala co-chair Arthur Samberg.

Honoree Joseph A. DiMenna and Wynton Marsalis.

Tina Flaherty, Josie Natori, David Monn.

Barbara Feldon, gala host.

St. Luke's Board member Charles Grossman.

Nancy Vignola, Francesca Traldi, Georgia Frasch, Sally Siegel.

Kate Lindsey sings with Orchestra of St. Luke's, Xian Zhang conducting.

Photos: Brian Dorsey Studios
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