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2018 Kaufman Music Center Gala

Kaufman Music Center's 2018 Gala

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2018 Annual Gala

Kaufman Music Center presented longtime Executive Director Lydia Kontos with the Lifetime Achievement Award at our 2018 Gala on Monday, May 14, 2018 at Guastavino’s in New York City.

Lydia was recognized for her distinguished career at Kaufman Music Center, which has spanned nearly 40 years, on the occasion of her retirement (planned for fall 2018).



The Gala featured performances by outstanding guest artists, including: living legends of the flute, Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway, both renowned for gracing stages throughout the world with eloquence and virtuosity; and acclaimed soprano Ailyn Pérez, hailed by the New York Times as a performer who “commands the stage” and “a major soprano." 


The Gala is Kaufman Music Center’s most important fundraising event, benefitting our music education programs, including Special Music School, Lucy Moses School, Face the Music, and Theater@Kaufman. Each year, these groundbreaking programs serve more than 4,000 kids and teens. 

Kaufman Music Center is making a remarkable impact on the lives of young New Yorkers, with alumni attending the most prestigious conservatories and colleges in the world, including The Juilliard School, Oberlin College and Conservatory, and Columbia University.


Buy a Ticket or Table

Gala tickets start at $1,000, with special discounts for Kaufman Music Center parents, faculty, and staff. Tables start at $10,000. Full details are available here.

Make a Gift

Gifts of all sizes will make a difference! To make a contribution, click here or call 212 501 3350.

Raise Your Paddle

The Gala will feature a live auction led by Lucas Hunt, featuring the opportunity to bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including a private dinner with executive chef Jonathan Kava, a week in a vacation home in Sanibel Island, Florida, a two-night getaway at the Hasbrouck House (a luxury hotel in the Hudson Valley), tickets to FROZEN on Broadway, and more. Guests will also have the chance to participate in a paddle raise to support the Center's music education programs.

Click here to download details - or to "raise your virtual" paddle!


We are grateful to the Assurant Foundation, our lead Gala sponsor. 





2017 Gala  


Kaufman Music Center Development Department

Tel: 212 501 3350
129 W. 67th Street
New York, NY 10023

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