Inside Clarion Music Society’s masked gala: PHOTOS

Jean Shafiroff, Michael Pecnik and Valerie Lettan
Jean Shafiroff, Michael Pecnik and Valerie Lettan (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)

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.

 

Charles Schlangen presents award to Tania Pouschine
Charles Schlangen presents award to Tania Pouschine (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)
Clarion Director Steven Fox and Jennifer Wright (Photo by Stephen Smith/Guest of a Guest)
Clarion Director Steven Fox and Jennifer Wright (Photo by Stephen Smith/Guest of a Guest) (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)
Barbaralee Diamonstei Spielvogel and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel
Barbaralee Diamonstei Spielvogel and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)
Yun Peng Wang, Mario Chang, Nimrod David Pfeffer and Lauren Snouffer
Yun Peng Wang, Mario Chang, Nimrod David Pfeffer and Lauren Snouffer (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)
Andrea Desy and Daniel Edrei
Andrea Desy and Daniel Edrei (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)
Sarah Stonbely, George Stonbely and Christine Stonbely
Sarah Stonbely, George Stonbely and Christine Stonbely (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)
Daniel Levien and Gordon Grieve
Daniel Levien and Gordon Grieve (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)
Jean Shafiroff, Michael Pecnik and Valerie Lettan
Jean Shafiroff, Michael Pecnik and Valerie Lettan (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)
Margot Tohn and Tara Stack
Margot Tohn and Tara Stack (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)
Neill Slaughter and Jeanette Hektoen
Neill Slaughter and Jeanette Hektoen (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)
Sim Meem and Maggie Schaffer
Sim Meem and Maggie Schaffer (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)
Sara and John Cassis (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)
Sara and John Cassis (Credit: Stephen Smith Guest of a Guest)
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