VOICES OF SUMMER GALA
Friday, June 3, 2016
The Voice Foundation and Gala Co-Chairs Madame Justice Sandra Schultz Newman and Maria Russo are happy to announce the Award recipients for our 2016 Voices of Summer Gala. The evening will begin with a jazz reception and cocktails at 6pm, followed by a concert, awards, dinner and dancing. We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you June 3rdClick on the photographs to see the larger version.
Chita Rivera, Catherine Malfitano, Drexel University & Pres. John Fry and Paulo Szot
Vocal Thrills at the Gala
This marvelous mezzo, our 2015 VERA Awardee and Master Class Teacher has consented to bring some surprises to our 2016 Gala and Master Class. Stay tuned!
The epitome of warmth and power!
2016 V.E.R.A. Awards
Her Emmy-award winning portrayal of Tosca, broadcast live from the actual Roman settings of the opera, was seen by more than one billion viewers worldwide. Throughout her career, Ms. Malfitano has worked with the world’s leading conductors and produced many of the most memorable operatic events of our time.
Drexel University & President John Fry
Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA is an academically comprehensive and globally engaged urban research university, dedicated to advancing knowledge
John Fry Fry set out to transform Drexel into what he has termed the “modern urban university of the future”—an institution that harnesses both its long-established and still-emerging strengths to serve its students, its neighborhood, its city and the nation.
2016 Sackler Awards
An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received eight additional Tony nominations for an exceptional 10 Tony nominations.
Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba, Can-Can with The Rockettes. Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009. She received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in 2002 and is the first Hispanic woman ever chosen to receive this award.
Paulo Szot is one of the most acclaimed and versatile baritones in the world having won international acclaim both as an opera singer and as an actor. In 2008 he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Emile De Beque in the Broadway revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theatre. He also won the Drama Desk and Outer Critic’s Circle awards for his participation in South Pacific.
Mr. Szot made his New York Philharmonic debut in a concert conducted by Marvin Hamlisch appearing alongside Liza Minnelli, and he debuted at the Ravinia Festival in concert with Kelli O’Hara. He appeared in concert in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of the American Songbook Series.
- $195 Gala for Symposium Attendees
- $250 Gala for General Public
- $1,500 Sponsorship of Award Recipient which includes:
One black and white full-page sponsorship credit in the Gala Journal
- $3,500 Silver Supporter which includes:
A Premium Table of 10 at the Gala
One black and white full-page advertisement in the Gala Journal
Acknowledgement in The Voice Foundation’s marketing materials and website at a Corporate Sponsorship/Underwriters Silver Level
- $5,000 Gold Benefactor which includes:
A Premium Table of 10 at the Gala with preferred seating
Back cover or inside cover four-color advertisement in the Gala Journal
Acknowledgement in The Voice Foundation’s marketing materials and website at a Corporate Sponsorship/Underwriters Gold Level