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New York Choral Society
04/06/2011 - By New York, NY

New York Choral Society

The New York Choral Society celebrated its 52nd Anniversary with a Spring Gala, on April 6 at The National Arts Club.

The esteemed chorus and its Music Director John Daly Goodwin were joined by friends and patrons in honoring distinguished entertainer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, who was presented with the Humanitarian Award and composer and conductor Steven Mercurio who received the Music Excellence Award.

The cocktail reception began at 6:00 PM and was followed by a seated dinner at 7:00 PM. The awards were presented by clothing designer Kenneth Cole and features editor of Opera News Brian Kellow. Dianne Bernhard, acting President of The National Arts Club, presented Harry Belafonte with their Gold Medal of Honor. The National Arts Club has previously presented this prestigious award to Itzhak Perlman, Kenneth Cole, Martin Scorsese, and Jessica Tandy, among others. Afterwards, guests were invited to enjoy a dessert reception with entertainment provided by rising soprano Sarah Joy Kabanuck and the New York Choral Society. The evening also featured a silent auction of items generously donated by friends and patrons of the Choral Society.

The New York Choral Society (NYCS), founded in 1958, has become known by audiences and critics for the quality of its performances and the diversity of its repertoire, which encompass well-known choral masterworks as well as many compositions rarely heard in concert halls. The NYCS has presented eleven world premieres and has commissioned works by Paul Alan Levi, Morton Gould, Stephen Paulus, and Robert De Cormier.

Photos: Karen W. Solorow

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