The Harmony Program invites you to join us at our Spring Gala Honoring Paquito D’Rivera on April 5, 2017.


Harmony Program 2017 Gala

At the Harmony Program, music changes lives every day. Through collective music-making, children from underserved communities explore new avenues and realize their full potential. Our specially trained teachers guide students from beginner group instruction to orchestral performance, building life skills and community from a shared love of music.

Please join us at our 2017 Spring Gala as we present the Harmony Program Award and celebrate the talents of young classical musicians. This year, we are delighted to be honoring the great Latin jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and fourteen-time Grammy Award-winner, Paquito D’Rivera, for his musical achievements and for his dedication to fostering the musical aspirations of others. Emceed by WQXR host, Terrance McKnight, our 2017 gala will pay tribute to Mr. D’Rivera at the Tribeca Rooftop, a site boasting panoramic skyline and harbor views.

This special evening will gather a lively group of music enthusiasts for a VIP cocktail reception, dinner, live auction and, of course, plenty of live music by some of the city’s top musicians… all in celebration of the vital role music plays in shaping our communities and our lives.

If you would like more information please email us at or call us at (646) 981-1882.

Join Us

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tribeca Rooftop
2 Desbrosses Street
New York City

6:30pm Cocktails
7:30pm Dinner & Performances

Purchase Tickets

Gala Co-Chairs

Jenny & Roy Niederhoffer
Matthew Prete
Warner Music Group

Gala Vice-Chairs

Pier-Olivier Calestagne
FlexTrade Systems
Goldman Sachs
Nancy Hager
Douglas Henck
Kirsten Kern
Dr. Kalmon Post

$25,000 Sforzando Table (Seats 12)

Reserved VIP lounge seating at cocktail reception; Front-row table for 12 at dinner; Photograph with Harmony Program students and Honoree Paquito D’Rivera; Listing on event materials as a Co-Chair; Full-page tribute in the Gala Program

$15,000 Fortissimo Table (Seats 10)

Reserved lounge seating at cocktail reception; VIP table for 10 at dinner; Listing on event materials as a Vice-Chair; Half-page tribute in the Gala Program

$10,000 Forte table (Seats 10)

Invitation to cocktail reception; Premium table for 10 at dinner; Listing on event materials as a Vice-Chair; Half-page tribute in the Gala Program

$1,500 Mezzo Forte Ticket (Seats 1)

Invitation to VIP cocktail reception and dinner; Premium seating for 1; Listing in Gala Program

$1,000 Mezzo Piano Ticket (Seats 1)

Invitation to VIP cocktail reception and dinner; Priority seating for 1; Listing in Gala Program

$750 Piano Ticket (Seats 1)

Invitation to VIP cocktail reception and dinner; Reserved seating for 1; Listing in Gala Program

*Deadline for receipt of all program material is March 6, 2017


2017 Honoree, Paquito D’Rivera

Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winning clarinetist and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. Cuban-born D’Rivera has numerous recordings, including more than 30 solo albums, and his past collaborators have ranged from Dizzy Gillespie to Yo-Yo Ma. The National Endowment for the Arts has hailed D’Rivera as “the consummate multinational ambassador, creating and promoting a cross-culture of music that moves effortlessly among jazz, Latin, and Mozart.”


Emcee, Terrance McKnight

Terrance McKnight is the weekday evening host for WQXR 105.9 FM, New York’s only all-classical music station. He’s also the host and producer of the station’s audio documentaries on Langston Hughes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Hazel Scott, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and Florence Beatrice Price. In 2010, his program All Ears with Terrance McKnight, a show about musical discovery, was honored with an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award. As a speaker, McKnight has worked with Chamber Music America, the Mellon Foundation, American Opera Projects, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Museum of Modern Art, among others.

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