A Gala Celebrating America and Copland House at 25!

Monday, October 30, 2023 at 6:00 PM

Kaplan Penthouse, Rose Building, Lincoln Center

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC

Atop Lincoln Center, Copland House launches its 25th Anniversary season with “a spellbinding musical journey” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) – the much-anticipated New York Premiere of selections from A Standing Witness, its epic commission by Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove and Grammy-winning composer Richard Danielpour. Starring the incomparable Susan Graham and Music from Copland House all-stars, this overwhelming work has “the potential to become one of the most influential compositions of this century” (Vermont Public Radio), and been rapturously received at Tanglewood, the Kennedy Center, University of Chicago and elsewhere around the U.S. With pre-performance cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres and a sumptuous dinner afterwards, we hope you’ll join us on this very special, one-night-only voyage of artistic wizardry and gastronomic excellence, along with a few surprises. This is our most important fund-raising event of the year, supporting Copland House’s educational, public, and musical programs.

“an artist to treasure” (The New York Times)

“gorgeous transcendence” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“a commanding presence ... a lustrous voice” (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

Joining this evening’s gala straight from another acclaimed run at the Metropolitan Opera, Susan Graham has long been an honored and beloved presence on the world’s foremost operatic and orchestral stages, and has a large, illustrious discography of definitive operatic, symphonic, and solo recordings. Her many accolades include a Grammy Award, Opera News Award, Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year, and the French government’s “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.”


Tables of 8 and 10 are available

Individual seating for 1 - $600
($450 deductible)

Couple: seating for 2 - $1,200
($900 deductible)

Individual Patron: Preferred seating for 1 - $750
($600 deductible)

Patron Couple: Preferred seating for 2 - $1,500
($1,200 deductible)

Silver Patron: Preferred seating for 4 - $3,000
($2,400 deductible)

Gold Patron: Premium seating for 8 - $6,000
($4,800 deductible)

Platinum Patron: Premium seating for 10 - $7,500
($6,000 deductible)

All seat and table purchasers will be listed in the gala program booklet.

Online gala purchases have been closed. Please reach out to our office at if you have any questions or would like to attend.

Non-attending Gift: fully tax-deductible


Photos from Previous Galas

(l. to r.) Michael Boriskin, Jamie Bernstein, Amy Burton, and John Musto performing at Late Night with Leonard Bernstein, Copland House's 2017 gala at Lincoln Center's Kaplan Penthouse. Photo: Tracy Ketcher

Crossings, the 2019 gala. Music from Copland House captivating the sold-out crowd at the historic Angel Orensanz Center. Photo: Travis W. Keyes

Dreaming on Lenox, Red Rooster, 2011: Chef Marcus Samuelsson plating.

photo by Tracy Ketcher
The Awakened Palate 2014

The Awakened Palate, Del Posto, 2014: (L to R) Copland House Treasurer Ezriel Kornel, Paul Shaffer, chef Lidia Bastianich, Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin, and commissioned composer Daniel Brewbaker.

photo by Tracy Ketcher

New York at Night, The Four Seasons, 2009.

photo by Trish Lewis

Paris After Dark, Le Bernardin, 2008: Gala underwriter Robert Morris, actress Mary Stuart Masterson.

photo by Trish Lewis

Troubadours' Feast, Restaurant Daniel, 2006: Chef Daniel Boulud, composer Richard Danielpour, Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin.

photo by Trish Lewis

Paris After Dark, Le Bernardin, 2008: Chef Eric Ripert welcoming Gala guests.

photo by Trish Lewis

Give Generously

All Copland House programs depend on the annual tax-deductible contributions of individual, institutional, and corporate supporters around the country and the world. Become one of our Friends of Copland House. Donations at all levels are welcome, and we hope you will give as generously as you can.

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