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Gala co-chair Alec Baldwin, NY Philharmonic chairman Paul B. Guenther, Lori Singer, violinist Joshua Bell and Music Director Alan Gilbert
Gala co-chair Alec Baldwin, NY Philharmonic chairman Paul B. Guenther, Lori Singer, violinist Joshua Bell and Music Director Alan Gilbert.

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The New York Philharmonic opened its 168th season with their Opening Night Gala and concert on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at Avery Fisher Hall. Cocktail reception followed by concert and dinner.

Mr. Alec Baldwin, Mr. Paul Calello, and Mr. Gary W. Parr served as this year’s Gala Chairmen. Mr. Gerald L. Hassell served as the Gala’s Executive Vice Chairmen with global sponsor Credit Suisse. Mr. Parr is also the new Chairman of the Philharmonic.

The gala raised $2.5 million dollars with over 800 guests.

Guests included Alec Baldwin, Billy Joel, Meryl Streep, Christiane Amanpour and James Rubin, Robert DeNiro and Grace Hightower, Robert and Denise Benmosche, Artist-in-Residence Thomas Hampson, Robert and Beverly Bartner, Sid and Mercedes Bass, The Honorable Donald and Vera Blinken, Kenneth and Noreen Buckfire, Lori Singer, Matt Haimovitz, James and Nancy Buckman, Frank A. and Mary Lake Bennack, Daniel and Anna Nikolayevsky Benton, Yefim Bronfman, Judith Carson, Yoko Nagae Ceschina, Gustavo and Patricia Cisneros, H. Rodgin Cohen, John S. and Jill Chalsty, Alan D. and Betsy Cohn, Toos N. and Hira Daruvala, Richard S. and Susan Braddock, Richard and Jennie DeScherer, Timothy and Cosby George, Peter and Barbara Georgescu, Gunther and Renata Greiner, Florence Davis and Tony Gooch, Elizabeth de Cuevas, Paul Demarais, Sr. and Jacqueline Desmarais, Katherine G. Farley and Jerry I. Speyer, Professor Meyer Feldberg and Barbara Feldberg, Niall Ferguson, J. Christopher Flowers, Alan and Sandra Gerry, The Honorable Roy M. Goodman, Robert M. Frehse, Jr. and Dale Frehse, John French, III and Marina French, Leonard S. and Jennifer Gruenberg, G. Chris Andersen and Sung E. Han-Andersen, Robert and Colleen Hekemian, Peter and Barbara Georgescu, John and Maggy Kongsgaard, Gurnee and Marjorie Hart, Robert and Mary Henrikson, Roger and Susan Hertog, Eugene and Barbara Kohn, Bruce and Suzie Kovner , Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis, Frederick Krimendahl, II and Emilia A. Saint-Amand, Honey Kurtz, Stewart Lane, Petra Lang, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, Laurence C. Leeds, Jr. and Dalia Leeds, Richard and Karen LeFrak, John and Betty Levin, William Lewis and Carol Sutton Lewis, Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg, Samuel and Linda Lindenbaum, Kenneth Lipper, Albert and Carol Lowenthal, Alan and Christina MacDonald, Morris and Susan Mark, Peter and Leni May, William and Suzanne McDonough, Thomas and Diahn McGrath, David and Nancy McKinney, Slade and Phyllis Mills, Vivian Milstein, Sylvester and Gillian Miniter, Georgette Mosabacher, The Honorable Frank and Lizabeth Newman, Charles and Anne Niemeth, Martin and Suzanne Oppenheimer, Stuart Orsher and Gladys George, Liliane Peck, Donald Pels and Wendy Keys, Itzhak and Toby Perlman, Charles and Elaine Petschek, Joel and Joan Picket, Cynthia and Leon Polsky, Peter and Barbara Regna, Ira and Ingeborg Rennert, Thomas and Elizabeth Renyi , Leon and Paula Root, Benjamin and Donna Rosen, James and Barbara Schadt, Charles and Carol Schaefer, Oscar and Didi Schafer, Marvin and Donna Schwartz, Martin and Edith Segal, Charles Shirley Shamel, Fred and Irene Shen, Joel and Joan Smilow, Dick and Ann Solomon, Paul and Daisy Soros, Michael and Joan Steinberg, Leonard and Allison Stern, The Honorable Scott Stringer, Peter and Lynn Tishman, Donald and Barbara Tober, Ronald and Christie Ulrich, John and Lauren Veronis, Geza and Elizabeth Von Habsburg, Mary J. Wallach, Stanford and Sandra Warshawsky, Bruce and Angela Wasserstein, Sandy and Joan Weill, James and Elaine Wolfensohn, Masamoto and Yoko Yashiro, and Ann Ziff.

Under the direction of Music Director Alan Gilbert in his inaugural season, with guest soprano Renée Fleming, the New York Philharmonic performed the World Premiere of EXPO, a New York Philharmonic commission by Magnus Lindberg, Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi, and Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz.

Alan Gilbert with his wife Kajsa William-Olsson  and his parents  Michael Gilbert and Yoko Takebe
Alan Gilbert with his wife Kajsa William-Olsson and his parents Michael Gilbert and Yoko Takebe.

New York Philharmonic chairman designate and Gala co-chair Gary W. Parr
New York Philharmonic chairman designate and Gala co-chair Gary W. Parr.

  Renee Fleming
Renee Fleming.

New York Philharmonic president and executive director Zarin Mehta and Carmen Mehta
New York Philharmonic president and executive director Zarin Mehta and Carmen Mehta.

  Diane Guenther and Paul B. Guenther, New York Philharmonic chairman
Diane Guenther and Paul B. Guenther, New York Philharmonic chairman.

New York Philharmonic Board member and Gala co-chair Paul Calello and his daughter Jin Calello
New York Philharmonic Board member and Gala co-chair Paul Calello and his daughter Jin Calello.

  New York Philharmonic Board member Karen T. LeFrak and Richard LeFrak
New York Philharmonic Board member Karen T. LeFrak and Richard LeFrak.

Joan Weill and Sandy Weill
Joan Weill, Sandy Weill.

  New York Philharmonic Board member Timothy M. George and Cosby George
New York Philharmonic Board member Timothy M. George and Cosby George.

New York Philharmonic Board member Sung E. Han-Andersen
New York Philharmonic Board member
Sung E. Han-Andersen.

  Katherine Farley
Katherine Farley.

Deborah Dampiere, Billy Joel, Lori Singer, Matt Haimovitz  and Alec Baldwin
Deborah Dampiere, Billy Joel, Lori Singer, Matt Haimovitz and Alec Baldwin.

Henry R. Kravis and Marie-Josee Kravis
Henry R. Kravis and Marie-Josee Kravis.

  Frank Newman and Lizabeth A. Newman, New York Philharmonic Board member
Frank Newman and Lizabeth A. Newman, New York Philharmonic Board member.

Evelyn Lauder and Leonard Lauder
Evelyn Lauder and Leonard Lauder.

  New York Philharmonic Board member Alan S. MacDonald and Christina MacDonald
New York Philharmonic Board member Alan S. MacDonald and Christina MacDonald.

New York Philharmonic Board member Frederick Krimendahl and Emilia A. Saint-Amand
New York Philharmonic Board member Frederick Krimendahl and Emilia A. Saint-Amand.

  New York Philharmonic Board member Oscar S. Schafer and Didi Schafer
New York Philharmonic Board member Oscar S. Schafer and Didi_Schafer.

Gillian Miniter
Gillian Miniter.

  New York Philharmonic Board member Honey M. Kurtz, New York Philharmonic Board member Ronald J. Ulrich  and Christie Ulrich
New York Philharmonic Board members Honey M. Kurtz, Ronald J. Ulrich and Christie Ulrich.

Paul Soros and Daisy M. Soros, New York Philharmonic Board member
Paul Soros and Daisy M. Soros, New York Philharmonic Board member.

  Vera Blinkin and Ambassador Donald Blinkin
Vera Blinkin and Ambassador Donald Blinkin.

Photos: Julie Skarratt
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