ABC Gala: Music for the soul


“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Frederick Nietzsche.

I’m sure there a tons of other great quotes, however, after I saw this quote somewhere on social media, and decided to start this was the perfect anecdote to explain our experience during the 2015 ABC Gala.

On Monday April 6, I was delighted to attend the Eighth annual event hosted at the iconic and beautiful Carnegie Hall.

The organization first began as as the Alexander and Buono Foundation(ABF) – founded by In 2008, the organization began supporting the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (BBIPC), designed for beginner classical pianists.

Started by Barry Alexander and Cosmo Buono, this is a not-for-profit corporation that helps musicians launch and sustain careers in classical music while creating outstanding events to capture new audiences who understand, value and truly appreciate classical music.

This success of the former business model later brought on the current decision to start The Alexander & Buono Competitions(ABC). These type of events are geared to bring artists from around the world, and intensify their skills even further through debuts at Carnegie Hall – and that they did during this very special night.

When I attend events- of any kind, it’s better to try and eliminate a pre-conceived notion of what to expect. This opens a wider door to become completely present in that moment during the entire event in order to completely digest the entire experience as a whole.

Thank you in advance and in abundance to the artists listed below for their outstanding performances of the night.

-Nico Paradysz on the piano performing (Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman” K. 265/300e -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64, No.1

Anna Shelest who performed with vocalist Soprano Anna Alkhimova with Je veux vivre from Romeo et Juliette composed by Charles Gounod (1818-1893) and Oriental Song: The Nightingale Enslaved by the Rose, composed by Nikolai Rimsky (1844-1908) in Russian.

Anna also returned on stage with Mezzo Soprano from Italy – Benedetta Orsi in the eighth act to perform Samson et Dalilah, Mon couer s’ouvre a ta voix (Camille Saint-Saens 1835-1921).and complete the night in a duet performing Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin (1898-1937) & La Rondine Chi il bel sogno di Doretta – Giacamo Puccini (1858-1924)

Nastsumi Aoyama (Piano) – Consolation No. 3 in D flat major, S. 172 (Franz Liszt 1811-1896).

George Ko (Piano) – Scherzo No. 3 in C-Sharp minor, Op. 39 (Frederic Chopin 1810-1849).

Danut Manea (Violin) and Natsumi Aoyama (Piano) – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor (Camille Saint-Saens 1835-1921).

Karen Beluso (Piano) – Spanish Dance No.5 — “Andaluza” ( “Playera”), 12 Danzas Espanolos, Op. 37 H.142., DLR 1:2( 12 Spanish Dances – Enrique Grandados (1867-1916); & Souvenir de Filipinas (Lulay) by Francisco Santiago (1889-17947)

Thomas Nickell (Piano) – Tristan und Isolde, Isoldens Liebestod, S.447; Richard Wagner (1813-1883)/ Franz Liszt (1811-1896).

Attending this event brought back amazing memories of playing the violin in Junior high school and how mesmerizing and hypnotic classical music can be. We experienced deep love, death, envy and everything that defines life in one night.

Please stamp this event on your next social agenda and hopefully you will attend the ABC Gala next year. For more information and how to donate to the foundation, click here.

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