Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Birthday to Gioachino Antonio Rossini


Thanks to Google for letting me and many others know that today is an opera legend's birthday: Rossini who was born 220 years ago today. An Italian composer who wrote 39 operas along with other genres of music.  Famous for: The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere de Siviglia), Cinderella (La Cenerentola), Moise and Pharoan, William Tell (Guillaume Tell). Happy Birthday to the Italian Mozart! Molto grazie for the musica, Maestro!



Thank you to our Gala Participants

Many thanks to the following for their gracious donations of time and goods, that made for a very rich evening that everyone enjoyed:

Professional Images by Jennifer Davis Photography - see the online gallery for these pictures here

Ale by Duvel Beer

Chocolates by Neuhaus Chocolates

Madeleine Cookies and Minicupcakes by Madeleine Bakery and Cafe 

Fur Pompom Keychains by Pologeorgis

Flowers by Martin Jobes Design

Master of Ceremonies - Ira Siff

Performances by Viktor Antipenko, Ricardo Rivera, Will Liverman, Ryan Speedo Green, and Piano Accompanists Maria Rialko and Benedicte Jourdois



And a big thank you to our sponsors, attendees, and committee members for making these young artists' dreams come alive!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Benefit Gala Concert - Feb 23 2012


The Kosciuszko Foundation's Van Allen Mansion - Jennifer Davis Photography
Last Thursday evening, the Kosciuszko Foundation was filled with opera lovers from all ages to celebrate the success of this year's Eastern Region auditions and to raise money for the 2012-2013 auditions.  The highlight of the evening was of course the performance by our own Eastern Region winners Will Liverman, Ricardo Rivera and Viktor Antipenko; and 2011 Grand Finals winner Ryan Speedo Green. 
The evening was a big success, as can be attested by the following pictures.  It's common knowledge, a picture says more than a thousand words.

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The oak-paneled gallery in anticipation of guests and amazing opera - Jennifer Davis Photography
Committee members preparing the gift bag

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One last check-up before the guests arriv
The evening started with a reception in the rotunda with sweeping staircase - Jennifer Davis Photography

Committee members Kristen Spensieri, Michelle Everett, Melina Spadone Palmer and Jennifer Bancroft - Jennifer Davis Photography 
Master of ceremonies for the night Ira Siff (left) with committee member Tom Cannon Jr. (right) - Jennifer Davis Photography
A committee member conversing with Neuhaus representative Dimitri Van Meerbeeck - Jennifer Davis Photography
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Dimitri Van Meerbeeck, Kristen Spensieri and pianist Benedicte Jourdois - Jennifer Davis Photography
Eastern region Chair Melina Spadone Palmer and Guest - Jennifer Davis Photography
Vice-Chair Jennifer Bancroft talking to Treasurer Andrew Urbanski - Jennifer Davis Photography
Region Finalist winner Will Liverman enjoying a glass of water before his performance - Jennifer Davis Photography
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The party is in full swing - Jennifer Davis Photography
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Committee member Stefanie Van Steelandt with Dimitri Van Meerbeeck - Jennifer Davis Photography
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The welcoming Committee - Jennifer Davis Photography
2011 Grand Finals Winner Ryan Speedo Green talking to an admiring fan - Jennifer Davis Photography
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Dominique LaFont, sponsor of the MONC ER Auditions - Jennifer Davis Photography
Jennifer Bancroft, Andrew Urbanski, former MONC ER Chair Mary Hobart and current Chair Melina Palmer Spadone - Jennifer Davis Photography
Ryan Speedo Green charming the crowd - Jennifer Davis Photography
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Ryan Speedo Green and Will Liverman - Jennifer Davis Photography
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Michelle Everett talking to fellow opera lovers - Jennifer Davis Photography
Dominique LaFont and Region Finalist Ricardo Rivera - Jennifer Davis Photography
Kristen Spensieri and her fiancee Scott - Jennifer Davis Photography
Region Finalist Ricardo Rivera and Dominique LaFont - Jennifer Davis Photography
Jennifer Bancroft and MET's Associate Director for the National Council Auditions Melissa Wegner - Jennifer Davis Photography 
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The Eastern Region Committee - Jennifer Davis Photography
Eric and Dominique Laffont talking to Tom Cannon Jr.

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Will Liverman with Dominique LaFon

Wonderful food being passed around
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Our 2 winners minutes before their performance - Jennifer Davis Photography
Anticipation is in the air before the performance begins - Jennifer Davis Photography
Pianist Benedicte Jourdois talking to Will and Ryan before they are about to go on stage - Jennifer Davis Photography
Treasurer Andrew Urbanski with Vice-Chair Jennifer Bancroft and Chair Melina Spadone Palmer -  Jennifer Davis Photography
Chair Melina Spadone Palmer thanking the crowd before the concert - Jennifer Davis Photography

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Viktor Antipenko during his performance of 'Celeste Aida' - Jennifer Davis Photography

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Beautiful melodies filled the Van Allen Mansion - Jennifer Davis Photography

A comfortable Will Liverman as the Barber of Seville - Jennifer Davis Photography
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Ricardo Rivera tackling Faust and Falstaff - Jennifer Davis Photography
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Ira Siff making the crowd laugh with his amazing introductions - Jennifer Davis Photography
Ryan Speedo Green ended the evening's performances with 'Hear me Oh Lord' from Floyd's Susannah - Jennifer Davis Photography
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Group shot of our talented guests - Jennifer Davis Photography
On to the Semi- Finals - Jennifer Davis Photography
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The amazing red-velvet cupcakes from Madeleine Bakery - Jennifer Davis Photography


Neuhaus chocolates for grabs - Jennifer Davis Photography
A fitting dessert from Madeleine Bakery - Jennifer Davis Photography
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Committee members Stefanie Van Steelandt and Melina Spadone Palmer 
Treasurer Andrew Urbanski and guest
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