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Kaufman Music Center's 2018 Gala

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

The 2018 Gala was a truly momentous occasion, with more than 400 people attending to honor Lydia and celebrate Kaufman Music Center. Guests enjoyed performances by living legends of the flute, Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway,and acclaimed soprano Ailyn Pérez

Ultimately, the Gala set a new fundraising record, raising more than $1 million for the Fund for Music Education, which sustains Kaufman Music Center's educational programs. The Fund supports the extensive music curriculum at Special Music School; provides scholarships to underprivileged students at Lucy Moses School; and creates opportunities for children in New York City’s neediest schools to enjoy musical theater performances.

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