Chelsea Music Festival

The CHELSEA MUSIC FESTIVAL this year was a great success! Quite the celebration of visual, audible and edible art. I had the pleasure of coordinating receptions for each of the concerts, combining my passion for producing and event planning with my love for music. We had an impressive list of sponsors including Steinway & Sons, Fujifilm and BMW, providing five cars for us to use during the festival. Not too shabby.

Our pre-festival “friendraiser” was catered by Great Performances in The Tiffany Room at the majestic Armory on Park Avenue, with a few preview performances.

An excerpt from thearmoryonpark.org: The Armory was built by New York State’s prestigious Seventh Regiment of the National Guard, the first volunteer militia to respond to President Lincoln’s call for troops in 1861. Members of what was known as the “Silk Stocking” Regiment included New York’s most prominent Gilded Age Families including the Vanderbilts, Van Rensselaers, Roosevelts, Stewarts, Livingstons and Harrimans. Built as both a military facility and a social club, the reception rooms on the first floor and the Company Rooms on the second floor were designed by the most prominent designers and artists of the day including Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, Herter Brothers and Pottier & Stymus. The Armory’s 55,000 square foot drill hall, reminiscent of the original Grand Central Depot and the great train sheds of Europe, remains one of the largest unobstructed spaces of its kind in New York. A marvel of engineering in its time, it was designed by Regiment veteran and architect Charles W. Clinton, later a partner of Clinton & Russell, architects of the Apthorp Apartments and the famed, now demolished, Astor Hotel.

The Armory’s current exhibition is Ryoji Ikeda‘s the transfinite.

Our kick-off party was held at the General Theological Seminary with performances at the chapel. Radeberger Brewery, another of our sponsors, provided specialty German beer in theme.

Opening night, “Liszt I: The Protagonist” at the Chelsea Art Museum featured Liszt, Beethoven, Balliet, Bach and Schubert. Chef Danielle Rehfeld prepared an assortment of Hungarian Hors d’oevres de pelerinage.

The Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, hosted “Mahler and Radical Departures,” a night of Mahler, Schoenberg,Kagel and Korngold.  Between the Bread catered the event.

Excerpt from LBI.orgThe Leo Baeck Institute is devoted to studying the history of German-speaking Jewry from its origins to its tragic destruction by the Nazis and to preserving its culture. Dating back almost 2000 years, when Jews first settled along the Rhine, the Jewish communities of Germany, Austria, and other German-speaking areas of Europe had a history marked by individual as well as collective accomplishments in communal organization and welfare, commerce, industry and politics, the arts and sciences, and in literature, philosophy and theology. To appreciate the impact of German-speaking Jewry in modern times, one need only recall such names as Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, and Franz Kafka.

Liszt II: The Organist” took place at St. Paul’s Church, where they house a beautiful organ to play Liszt and Balliett.

Liszt III: The Melodist” and “Liszt Remix” (World Premiere) were both at The Chelsea Art Museum, where we also held the closing concert “Voyager,” catered by Seasonal Restaurant.

ARTICLES: Check out my latest blurbs, “Ten Savvy Time Saving Tips” for 24/Savvy, and an upcoming excerpt on fashion tycoon Ulcay Gulsen‘s new clothing line, Supertrash, for Rock This Style.

P.S. The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the Met is absolutely stunning! One of the most exquisite exhibitions I have ever seen. Not to be missed!!!

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Places: Armory, Reunion Surf Bar, Chelsea Art Museum, The Highline & Chelsea Market.

Websites:  Girl+BooksUntapped Cities.

Albums: Marc Broussard‘s new self titled album.

Events: Crest Hardware ShowAmerican Craft Show at Lincoln Center.

Lerve,        

Music Makes the Merry Go ‘Round!

The month of May jumping into June has been mighty musical! (Cue Leslie Uggams’ version of “June is Bustin’ Out all Over…”) This year, I’m taking Spring cleaning seriously!! That’s right, it’s time to ditch old clothes, habits and gear, to make room for new possibilities. For example, I’ve been opting to ride my bike over taking public transit and it has allowed me to see so much more of the city. That trip down the Hudson amongst the bloomin’ buds is just glorious! Here’s what’s been brewing the past few weeks:

Broadway in South Africa: With a mission to “develop a cross cultural exchange between youth in need and artists who seek to use their talents for change,” BSA recently asked children to list their favorite things and dreams for the future. One African girl listed “Dad, Mom & Grandma, heroes, teachers, rooms, windows, songs by Rihanna and good rice and chicken” as some of her favorite blessings. She stated that she just wants “a seat at the table.” Will Van Dyke and Rick Ellis adapted her thoughts into a song, which I was so happy to sing.
Will and I toured together on the 1st National of “Wicked.” He’s a killer pianist, wonderful composer and adorable fellow. Check out his tunes at www.WillVanDyke.com.

Japan:  The Fundraising Concert for Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan was held at West-Park Presbyterian Church on Friday night with the Japanese Ambassador in attendance. I played Maria in selections from “The Disappearing Act” composed by John T. Prestianni. John and I previously worked together on the recording of the musical “The Black Dahlia.” His music is superb! The evening was presented by the Harmonia Opera Company.

Chelsea Music FestivalI’m serving on the Operations Committee as an event planner for this year’s Chelsea Music Festival. Classical musicians from all over the world will be congregating at four locations in Chelsea to celebrate live music. Visit www.chelseamusicfestival.org for event listings and more about the festival and the musicians involved. We have a lot of exciting performances and receptions planned. It’s going to be fantastic!

 

Latest articles: Due to what scientists are calling the wildest allergy season ever, I had to share some of my favorite natural remedies in Spring Breezes Bring on the Sneezes.

Plus, read about my experience at The Sewing Studio, NYC in my article, Sew Savvy! More articles are available HERE.

First Real Love: I’m very excited that Randy Klein and I have completed our album “First Real Love.” We’re now shopping the record to labels. We’ve spent over two years working on these this set and we’re extremely excited to share the finished product! Many thanks to my supportive friends who have been a constant source of inspiration throughout this process. Stay tuned for more details…

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Books: “I Will Be Cleopatra” by Zoe Caldwell, “Switch” by Chip Heath.

Albums: Peter Fox- “Stadtaffe“, Marc Broussard’s new EP, Journey’s “Eclipse.”

Places: Peacefood, Room Service, Pier 1 Cafe, Gramercy Park.

Websites: The Gregory Brothers, Anti-Joke, Hipster Animals.

TTFN,