Inside Clarion Music Society’s masked gala: PHOTOS

Some of the most stunning music we’ve ever heard was performed before a charitable audience at the JW Marriott Essex House on Central Park this week.

Patrons of the Clarion Music Society gathered for cocktails and dinner at the society’s 60th anniversary masked gala, where artistic director, Steven Fox directed a nine-piece orchestra.

The first performance was Larghetto from Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 413 led by pianist Nimrod David Pfeffer. All of the evening music was preformed on period instruments or replicas. Tenor Mario Chang, soprano Lauren Snouffer and baritone Yunpeng Wang also preformed.

Clarion is one of the oldest and most highly regarded period-instrument orchestras in America. Their recording, Passion Week, received a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance, as well as a nomination for the BBC Music Magazine Choral Award.

In all the event raised over $100,000. Check out the photos below.