On Monday, March 2nd, the Harmony Program held its 2020 gala at Sony Hall in Manhattan. The evening was hosted by CBS National News Correspondent, Adriana Diaz, and drew a crowd of 250 guests, including parents, teachers, partners, supporters, and music enthusiasts.
This year’s annual celebration honored the Harmony Program’s Board Chairman, businessman and philanthropist, Roy Niederhoffer, and mandolinist and host of “Live From Here,” Chris Thile, and featured an evening full of unforgettable performances, all in support of the Harmony Program’s mission of bringing musical training into under-served communities across New York City.
The evening began with performances by the Harmony Program’s youth orchestra and young fiddlers, alongside Chris Thile. Then Roy Niederhoffer was honored with a surprise pop-up performance that he joined on piano as the entire crowd sang along. The music continued with a duo by Harmony Program bass student, Ryan Hau, and New York Philharmonic violist, Peter Kenote: Listen here.
The annual Harmony Program Award was presented to Roy Niederhoffer by Harmony Program Founder and Executive Director, Anne Fitzgibbon, and to Chris Thile by David Bither, President of Nonesuch Records.
The guests were moved by heartfelt remarks on the power of music shared by violin student, Luigi Auquilla, and Roy Niederhoffer. And the evening culminated in a grand finale with Chris soloing and then joined by the fabulous trio, Time for Three!