The AFLPO 2017 Benefit Gala
The Board of Directors of the American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra hosted its 2017 Benefit Gala on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Carnegie Hall, Weill Terrace Room.
This very special evening featured cocktails, a seated dinner, and exclusive performances from three rising soloists who were featured in the LPO’s two concerts at Lincoln Center on February 26th and 27th. We were also honored to have Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York, Antonia Romeo, present the AFLPO’s inaugural Lifetime Award for Musical Achievement to Mr. Thomas Hampson for his worldwide recognition as an opera singer, recording artist, and overall “ambassador of song.”
At the heart of the evening were dazzling performances by three tour artists who have been engaged by the Orchestra to appear on this tour start with:
- Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s versatility shows itself in her diverse repertoire, ranging from baroque and classical often played on gut strings, to new commissions and re–interpretations of modern masterworks.
- Young talent Jan Lisiecki joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 At only 20–years–old, Jan Lisiecki has already made a name for himself as one of the most exciting pianists to watch. Named Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year in 2013, Lisiecki has gone from strength to strength.
- Rising star soprano Sofia Fomina made a sensational debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 2012 as Isabelle in Laurent Pelly’s new production of Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable. A dedicated recitalist, Sofia has performed in Japan, Latvia and Germany. Her repertoire includes Lieder by Schubert, Mahler, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Berg, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky.
The LPO Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski also joined us for the evening and as a special treat he accompanied Sofia Fomina on piano. A unique experience indeed!