The Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra Summer Kick-off Party: PHOTOS

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Victoria Wyman, Sylvia Hemingway, Stephen Benko, Kathryn Livingston Forgan (all photos credit: Annie Watt)

This past weekend, the friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra held their summer kick-off party at the home of Sylvia Hemingway in Bridgehampton.

The orchestra has quite a season planned, including a performance at Lincoln Center on February 5th, 2017, led by Maestro Ivan Fisher, and an evening of music at the Hungarian Consulate in October.

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Radka Benko, Stephen Benko

Notable guests of the Bridgehampton event included former US Ambassador to Hungary Donald Blinken and his wife Vera, former Town & Country Editor Kathryn Livingston Forgan, Hamptons socialites Victoria Wyman, Leah & Stanley Rumbough, Julianne Pruett & Bill Yun, singer/songwriter Cole Rumbough, Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra Chairman Stephen Benko and his wife Radka. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and then a small dinner, in celebration of Hemingway’s friend Mike Lovdal’s birthday.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra is often ranked as one of the best orchestras in the world, and frequently performs at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

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Dr Kenneth Mark, Neal Batra
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Alexandra Nicklas, Thuythi Daily, Mike Lovdal, Sylvia Hemingway
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Richard Ledes, Brooke Elkin
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Sylvia Hemingway, Mike Lovdal
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Sylvia Hemingway, Alexandra Nicklas
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Stanley Rumbough, Cole Rumbough, Whitney Schott, James Sanderson
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Kelly Langberg, Jeffrey Langberg, Carol Staub, Steven Dunsinger
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Vera Blinken, Ambassador Donald Blinken, Sylvia Hemingway
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George Ledes, Julie Pruett Yun, Bill Yun
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Bill Yun, Julie Pruett Yun
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Cole Rumbough, Kathryn Livingston Forgan, Stanley Rumbough