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Announcing our Annual Gala - May 14, 2018


On Monday, May 14, 2018, Kaufman Music Center will present longtime Executive Director Lydia Kontos with the Lifetime Achievement Award at our 2018 Gala.

Lydia will be 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 is part of our “Year of Thanks” to Lydia for all she has done to further the Center’s mission.

The Gala will feature 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 event takes place at Guastavino’s, a beautiful venue underneath the historic 59th Street Bridge. All proceeds will benefit Kaufman Music Center’s music education programs, which benefit more than 4,000 students each year.

For information about how you can support this once-in-a-lifetime event, click here.

Special thanks to 2018 Gala Lead Sponsor, the Assurant Foundation.