40th Birthday Gala
40th Birthday Gala
Monday, May 1, 2023
7:00 PM Concert at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
8:30 PM Dinner Dance at Mandarin Oriental New York
Erich Bergen, Jim Caruso, Charo, Deborah Cox, Megan Hilty, Norm Lewis, Melissa Manchester, Billy Stritch, Max von Essen, Dionne Warwick, Lillias White, Guest Artists
With The Comedian Harmonists from Harmony: Sean Bell, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman, Steven Telsey
Kids on Stage Students, Brian Worsdale, Director
The Camp Broadway Ensemble, Theo Lencicki, Director/Choreographer, Christine Riley, Music Director
Steven Reineke leads The New York Pops in a celebration of its 40th Birthday Gala with a concert at Carnegie Hall, followed by a black tie-optional Dinner Dance at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Honoring the Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning icon, Barry Manilow, the orchestra will be joined by guest artists from across the recording industry and the Broadway community. Proceeds from the gala support the orchestra and its PopsEd music education programs.
Additional concert tickets are available on carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th and Seventh.
Dinner Dance and premium concert tickets purchased from The New York Pops include a tax-deductible donation in support of the orchestra and our PopsEd programs. To review Dinner Dance ticket level descriptions, click here.
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Guest artist line-up is subject to change.
About the Honorees
"In a world forever striving for peace, could Barry Manilow be the answer?” cited The Washington Post after Barry Manilow’s headlining performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.
“Among the few things one can count on in life: the taste of McDonald’s cheeseburgers, ‘I Love Lucy’ reruns are still funny—and Barry Manilow never wearing out his welcome at the top of the charts” (Billboard Magazine).
Barry Manilow’s unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Manilow is one of the world’s all-time bestselling recording artists. His success is a benchmark in popular music. The Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning musician has had an astonishing 50 top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 top ten hits. Rolling Stone crowned him “a giant among entertainers…the showman of our generation,” and Frank Sinatra summed up Manilow best when Ol’ Blue Eyes told the British press, “He’s next.” His residency in Las Vegas, Manilow: Las Vegas – The Hits Come Home! made its debut in May 2018 to rave reviews and sold-out audiences and was awarded the Best of Las Vegas awards for Best Resident Performer/Headliner and Best New Show. In 2017 Barry Manilow received the BMI Icon Award and is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.
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Patty and James A. Read have been integral supporters of The New York Pops for over 20 years. Jim joined the board of The New York Pops in 1999, and previously served as Chairman from 2008 to 2022. In his tenure as Chairman, Jim oversaw the selection of Steven Reineke as the orchestra's second Music Director in 2009, and the promotion of Anne M. Swanson to Executive Director in 2011, among other accomplishments. He remains on the board as Chairman Emeritus. A passionate supporter of the orchestra's PopsEd music education initiatives, Patty has assisted in the development of the orchestra's annual Birthday Gala, serving on the gala event committee on several occasions. Patty and Jim were previously honored at the orchestra's 33rd Birthday Gala in 2016.