Inside The YoungArts Foundation Gala At The Met

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National YoungArts Foundation Inaugural Gala dinner at the Temple of Dendur
National YoungArts Foundation Inaugural Gala dinner at the Temple of Dendur

Photo Credit: BFANew York has many glittery galas, but when the czars of all things crystal team up with a cool arts group, you know things are going to really, well, sparkle.

And that sure was the case a few evenings ago when the YoungArts Foundation Inaugural New York Gala was held at the Temple of Dendur inside the Met. It was sponsored by those amazing crystal czars, Swarovski, longtime benefactors for programs that give a boost to emerging artistic talent.

Arts patron Sarah Arison and opera great, Placido Domingo
Arts patron Sarah Arison and opera great, Placido Domingo

Photo Credit: BFAWho attended? LeTout-New York with such big names in the city’s cultural whirl ike Agnes Gund, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Plácido Domingo, who served as chairs and honorary chairs. Other guests included Benjamin Bronfman, Zani Gugelman, Olivia Marciano, Laura Gomez Eastwood, Samantha Leder, Maria Giulia Maramotti, Olivia Marciano, Gillian Hearst Simonds and Christian Simonds, and designers Katie Ermilio, and Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim of Monse.

Former “Gossip Girl” and “The Knick” actress Zuzanna Szadkowski and choreographer/performer Desmond Richardson (both previous YoungArts winners) did the emcee honors for the evening,  which celebrated 35 years of the organization’s support of up-and-coming artistic talent throughout U.S. In addition to a reception and dinner, the event also included a series of performances by YoungArts alumni, including Marcus Canty (2009 Winner in Voice), Julia Easterlin (2008 Winner in Voice), Jake Goldbas (2007 Winner in Jazz), Jeff Picker (2007 Winner in Jazz), Demi Remick (2013 Winner in Dance) and Julius Rodriguez (2014 Winner in Jazz).

This year there will be 819 YoungArts winners—a whopping 100 from the greater New York area. The gala also kicked off the organization’s annual regional program, YoungArts New York, which will take place from April 12–17 and feature performances at National Sawdust and Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), as well as an exhibition at Sotheby’s New York. 

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