A Salzburg Festival Society Gala in New York Philanthropy, Inclusion and Refuge

The Salzburg Festival Society celebrated its annual elegant black-tie evening to announce the 2018 program of the Salzburg Festival presented by Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser and its President Helga Rabl-Stadler. This season's theme, “Passion and Ecstasy,” will offer a new production of the Magic Flute staged by American Director Lydia Steier. Giving a musical preview of the upcoming season were Soprano Christiane Karg and Bass Baritone Adam Plachetka, who will be Pamina and Papageno is this Salzburg Festival production.

“America has always been important to the Salzburg Festival for its spirit of philanthropy, inclusion and refuge.” - Gerhard Andlinger

Each year the magic of the Salzburg Festival comes to New York! It is the Salzburg Festival Society Gala, a most elegant black-tie event, presenting some of the greatest and rising stars in the world. The Onyx Ballroom of the Park Hyatt New York, across from Carnegie Hall, was transformed into a jewel box for the performing arts presenting Bass Baritone Adam Plachetka and Soprano Christiane Karg. They will both be performing in a new production of the Magic Flute in Salzburg this summer as Papageno and Pamina. The impressive program of The Salzburg Festival was presented by its Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser and its President Helga Rabl-Stadler.

America has always been important to the Salzburg Festival for its spirit of philanthropy, inclusion and refuge. Since 2005, the Salzburg Festival Society, founded by its Chairman Gerry Andlinger, has raised over $10 Million Dollars to support valuable initiatives of the Festival. Programs have included the English program translations, American artists and orchestras, The Young Singer’s Project, the popular Children’s Music Camps and Innovative productions, some coproduced and presented in the U.S.

The Salzburg Festival Society was established as the official liaison between Americans and the Salzburg Festival, many international guests with residences in the US are also part of the group, with members from Tokyo, Paris, Geneva, Tel Aviv and other major cities.

One of the Festival’s founders, Max Reinhardt has his resting place today in New York. America was his place of refuge and now Salzburg is a city in the world to withdraw from the business of our daily lives and experience the highest level of artistic excellence in a most beautiful setting.

This affair was attended by generations of Austrian diplomats, with the current Austrian Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner present. Other former Ambassadors, The Hon. Helene von Damm and The Hon. Alexa Wesner.

Photo credit: Angela Pham

The Evening Sponsor was U.S. Trust, Bank of American Private Wealth Management. Other sponsors and guests included: Gerhard and Jeanne Andlinger, Rick and Linny Andlinger, Joseph and Janeen Bartning, Edgar Batista, Joel Bell and Marife Hernandez, Friederike Biggs, Enrico Bruni, Nabil and Samantha Chartouni, Judith-Ann Corrente, Alessandro and Marianne d’Ansembourg, Pierre and Ellen DeVegh, Nic and Maja Dubrul, Jean Marie and Betty Eveilliard, Isabelle Harnoncourt Feigen and Richard L. Feigen, Carole Bailey French and John French III, Mark Gilbertson, Alexandra Kauka Hamill and Sterling Hamill, Stephen and Debi Harnik, Phyllis Hattis, Rolf Heitmeyer, Markus Hinterhäuser (Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival), Karen Hsu, Helene Klausner Huth, Frederick Iseman, Francine Le Frak and Rick Friedberg, Noel Lateef, Philip and Gail Lobkowicz, Gregor and Beatrix Medinger, Rita Mehos, Mary McFadden, Elisabeth and Karlheinz Muhr, Jay Nordlinger, Christa Percopo, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and The Hon. Leon B. Polsky, Helga Rabl-Stadler (President of the Salzburg Festival), Rolex USA, Francis O’Neill, Isabella Ponta and Werner Ebm, Sana Sabbagh, Gregory Speck, Rich Tutino, Dorothée Volpini de Maestri, George and Olga Votis, Herbert and Svetlana Wachtell, and Alden Warner III.


Angela Pham