The Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) will honor its Principal Conductor, Pablo Heras-Casado, and the Chairman of The Bay & Paul Foundations, David Bury, at its annual Gift of Music Gala on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at The Plaza Hotel. The event will feature a special performance by 2016 Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard with Pablo Heras-Casado and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and will be hosted by mezzo-soprano and OSL board member Susan Graham.
«The 2017 Gift of Music Gala honors two arts leaders who have invigorated not only Orchestra of St. Luke’s, but countless organizations in important and distinct ways,» said President & Executive Director James Roe. «Maestro Heras-Casado, through his masterful interpretations and sheer passion, has emboldened ensembles throughout the world in their artistry. David Bury is a revered strategic consultant whose keen guidance has helped countless cultural nonprofits fulfill their missions, achieve sustainability, and expand their vision. These two friends of Orchestra of St. Luke’s have brought health and vitality to the whole orchestra field and it is an honor to celebrate them at this event.»
The evening will be designed by David Monn, OSL Board member and «The Architectof Style,» known for high-profile events such as the White House State Visit, the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute benefit, and «In The Void» at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. The event concludes with a time-honored tradition of waltzing.
The proceeds will benefit OSL’s performances, the 40th anniversary of the Orchestra’s education programs, and the services it provides to hundreds of fellow ensembles at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.