[Photos by Jennifer Taylor] Last Thursday, guests gathered in the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center for a lively afternoon luncheon that benefited the music education and community initiatives of The Weill Music Institute (WMI) at Carnegie Hall. Highlights included an inspiring performance by the Songs of Solomon student choir and a riveting interview of renowned opera singer Jessye Norman by host Paula Zahn. More story and photos below... The Perelman American Roots program celebrated at the event is made possible by generous funding from the Ronald O. Perelman Music Endowment Fund.
Laura H. Pomerantz was the Honorary Co-Chair of the event and Co-Chairs also included Mickey Beyer, Kim Blank, Katya Gorbatiouk, Leslie Maheras, Debra G. Perelman, and Jennifer Zonis. Sponsors included Mr. and Mrs. Sid R. Bass; Bloomberg L.P.; Mark E. Kingdon; The William and Phyllis Mack Family Foundation; Leslie and Tom Maheras; Leni and Peter May; Marybeth and Jay Petschek; and Sony Corporation of America.
Luncheon Leadership with Paula Zahn and Jessye Norman. (from left to right) Jennifer Zonis, Laura Pomerantz, Leslie Maheras, Katya Gorbatiouk, Paula Zahn, Jessye Norman, Mickey Beyer, and Kim Blank.
Paula Zahn and Jessye Norman
Lara Meiland-Shaw, Mary Wible Vertin, Carrie Cloud, Roberta Simon, Christin Barringer Rueger, Kathy Dean, Caroline Rocco Dennis, Janette Williams, Kathryn Lancioni-Sachs, Eliane Bukantz, Ernest Chung, and Darius Ross
Songs of Solomon high school choral ensemble with actress Lynn Whitfield and host, Paula Zahn