Sunday, September 18, 2016

USA : Baryshnikov Arts Center Hosts Annual Fall Fete - September 26, 2016

 SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
Featuring a Performance by Singer/Songwriter
and BAC Resident Artist Alumna Somi
Including Dinner and a Silent Auction
of Contemporary Visual Art

Photo Credit: Glynis Carpenter

New York, NY - Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) will host its annual benefit to support the Center's programs on Monday, September 26, 2016, in BAC's Jerome Robbins Theater and Howard Gilman Performance Space. The festive, intimate evening will raise funds for BAC through ticket purchases and a silent auction of visual art works. Proceeds will support BAC's artist-centered programs and help to maintain affordable ticket prices.
The Fall Fête program will feature a performance by vocalist, songwriter and Sony/OKeh recording artist Somi. BAC hosted Somi in residence last fall to develop a work inspired by the music and life of Miriam Makeba. Somi, who is hailed as "the new Nina Simone" (Huffington Post), will perform a program of songs from her broad repertoire, joined by guitarist Nir Felder, pianist Toru Dodo, bassist Ben Williams, and drummer Nate Smith. Somi and her ensemble represent the incredible talent and diversity of artists across disciplines that BAC supports year-round through residencies and performances. The Fall Fête program precedes a public performance by Somi on Tuesday, September 27 in the Jerome Robbins Theater.

The Fall Fête evening also includes a silent art auction powered by Paddle8 featuring 17 lots of visual art in an array of media ranging from photography and sculpture, to painting and drawing. They include works by Lala Abaddon, Christopher Boffoli, Sebastiaan Bremer, Desire Obtain Cherish, Ed Cohen, Jonny Detiger, Sissi Farassat, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Peter D. Gerakaris, Jessica Lichtenstein, Christian Little, Mike Perry, Gareb Shamus, Devan Shimoyama, Hank Willis Thomas, Robert Allen Whitman, and Samantha Yudin. In the spirit of BAC's mission to support artists, the organization will return 20% of the proceeds of each sale to the donating artist.
One additional, unique auction lot is the opportunity to attend Letter to a Man, a solo theater performance by Mikhail Baryshnikov, based on the diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky and staged by Robert Wilson, during its N.Y. premiere at BAM in October.

The auction can be viewed online at Bidding is open as of Monday, September 12 at 12PM EST, and will close September 26 at 10:30PM EST. Registration is available on or by downloading the Paddle8 app from the App store. 

The Fête Honorary Chair is Shirley MacLaine and the Fête Chair is Colleen Keegan. The Auction Chair is Natasha Schlesinger. The Fall Fête Committee includes Sarah Arison and Tom Wilhelm, Jody and John Arnhold, Charles Hamlen, Joan Hooker, Stephanie Joel, Jessica Lange, David Neville, Sarah Jessica Parker, Aidan Quinn, Isabella Rossellini, Joel Shapiro and Ellen Phelan, Marcus Wainwright, and Barry and Hilary Weinstein.
The Fête is hosted by BAC's Board of Directors, which includes Slavka B. Glaser, Chairman;
R. Jarrett Lilien, Treasurer; Mikhail Baryshnikov, Chairman Emeritus; Frank Cordasco, Richard DeScherer, Diana DiMenna, James H. Duffy, Steven C. Dupré, Sandra Foschi, Aidan Mooney, Steven Pesner, Natasha Schlesinger, and Suzanne Weil.
The 7PM performance by Somi is preceded by a reception at 6PM in the Jerome Robbins Theater Lounge. Dinner, catered by Canard, Inc., is at 8:30PM in the Howard Gilman Performance Space. Generous Fall Fête sponsors include Slovenia Vodka. Floral arrangements are made possible by a donation from Open World Dance Foundation.
Program Information
Baryshnikov Arts Center's Fall Fête
Monday, September 26, 2016
450 W. 37th Street
6PM - Reception
7PM - Performance by Somi in the Jerome Robbins Theater
8:30PM - Dinner in the Howard Gilman Performance Space and Silent Art Auction  
Ticket Information

Single tickets from $1,500 are available for purchase at
About Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC)
Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) is the realization of a long-held vision by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov who sought to build an arts center in Manhattan that would serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines. BAC's opening in 2005 heralded the launch of this mission, establishing a thriving creative laboratory and performance space for artists from around the world. BAC's activities encompass a robust residency program augmented by a range of professional services, including commissions of new work, as well as the presentation of performances by artists at varying stages of their careers. In tandem with its commitment to supporting artists, BAC is dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary, innovative work at affordable ticket prices. For more information, please visit
BAC is grateful for the support of its generous individual and institutional annual fund donors in 2015-16.

Anonymous (3), Pierre Apraxine, Elena Aristova, Darcy Bacon, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lisa Rinehart, Dr. Phillip Bauman, Carol Baxter and Loren Plotkin, Talia Bilodeau, Leon and Debra Black, Tina and Jeffrey Bolton Family Fund, Catherine Brennan, Clyde Brownstone, Valentino D. Carlotti, Carroll Cartwright, Meredith Caruso, Fadi, Terri, and Claudine Chartouni, Lori Cohen and Christopher Rothko, Brian Coleman and Olga Smagarinskaya, Frank and Monique Cordasco, Nancy Dalva, Edoard Dejoux, Michael and Denise Deleray, Richard and Jennie DeScherer, Michael Devins, Joseph and Diana DiMenna, Katie Dixon and Richard Fleming, Debbie and Harry Druker, James H. Duffy, Cheryl Lee and Steven C. Dupré, Jennifer and Russell Echlov, Gwen Edelman, Ehrenkranz Family Foundation,Brittawnee Enos, Barbara File, Michele Lee Fine, Barbara Fleischman, Richard and Nicole Fortson, Sandra Foschi, Natasha Frank, Randy Gaugert, Philip Giambanco, Paola Gianturco, Jon Gilman & Brad Learmonth, Brianna Gitnik, Slavka B. Glaser, Rebecca Gradinger, Peter Greenleaf, Louise Guenther, Agnes Gund, Dr. Ayele Hadero, Annie and John Hall, Elaine M. Halpin, Charles Hamlen, The Hare Family, Nicole and Paul Harman, Elisabeth Hayes, Brian and Tania Higgins, Roger and Joan Hooker, In Honor of Roger Hooker, Huong Hoang, Fredericka Hunter, Mary Anne Hunting and Thomas Remien, Yukiko Inoue, Susan Israel, Laith and Adele Jazrawi, Carine Joannou, Stephanie Joel, Annie Jordan, Zuzana Justman, Julia and Michael Katz, Colleen Keegan, Drs. Nadine and Leo Keegan, Donald M. Kendall, Paul and Teresa Kim, Joan Konner and Alvin Perlmutter, Sonja Kostich, Herman Krawitz, Sali Ann Kriegsman, Mark Ladner and Julie Ross, The LeRoy Family, Charlie and Lorie Levy, Jarrett and Maritess Lilien, Julie Lilien, Topper Lilien, Jane Lipton, Lew Lloyd, Nicholas Lloyd and Megan Craig, Marianne Lockwood and David Bury, Nick and Cass Ludington, David M. and N. Heller McAlpin, Sarah and Alec Machiels, Cheryl Yeager Marshall, Patrick A. Meere, MD and Ingrid E. Weigel, MD, Jane & Richard Mescon, Adam Miller, Valerie and Stuart Mogul, In Honor of Natalie Moody, Aidan Mooney, Cheri Mowry, Elizabeth Osha, Hubert and Joanna Parzecki, Steven and Michèle Pesner, Steve and Randi Piaker, Darryl Pinckney, Lily Potter, Tamar Quillen, Aidan and Elizabeth Quinn, Judith Regan, Laila Robins, James Roe, John S. Rockwell, Leslie Ruff, Dorothy Scheuer, Natasha Schlesinger, Fiorenza Scholey, Sherry Schwartz,Tatiana Segal, Joel Shapiro and Ellen Phelan, Wallace Shawn, Jeremy Smith, Christina Sterner and Steve Poses, Keith Stubblefield, Rosalie Swedlin, Jennifer Tipton, Rosanna and John Troiano, Igor Tsukanov, Robert Warshaw and Debbie Schmidt, Mary R. Waters, Suzanne Weil, Carolyn F. Wiener, World Wide-Holdings Fund in The New York Community Trust, in honor of Victor Elmaleh, and Yelena Yoffe and Serge Troyanovsky.

Affirmation Arts Fund, American Chai Trust, Anonymous (2), Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, Bay and Paul Foundations, Blavatnik Family Foundation, Capezio-Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Enoch Foundation, Ferriday Fund Charitable Trust, Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation, Ford Foundation, Marshall Frankel Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Irving Harris Foundation, Francena T. Harrison Foundation Trust, The Jim Henson Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Kent-Lucas Foundation, Kiwi Partners, George Lucas Family Foundation, The Luce Della Vite Estate in Montalcino, Italy, The Lupin Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project,  Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, rag & bone, The Reed Foundation, Renova USA, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation,  St. John, The Thompson Family Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding,  UNIX Gallery, and the Walter Family Foundation.

Lead support of dance programming at Baryshnikov Arts Center is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.

Baryshnikov Arts Center is also grateful for support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Funding is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Yamaha is the official piano of the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

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