This year, WNET’s Gala honored philanthropists Jody and John Arnhold of the Arnhold Foundation, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico Eduardo Vilaro, American opera singer Renée Fleming, two-time Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane, and CEO of AMC Networks Josh Sapan for their outstanding work in the arts, media and philanthropy.
A Celebration of the Arts
WNET celebrated the partnership of public media and the parts in its mission to enlighten, engage and entertain. An evocative performance by Ballet Hispánico (above image) illustrated this by melding ballet and Cuban dance hall movements to the stage.
Josh Sapan, Nathan Lane, Renée Fleming, Eduardo Vilaro, and Jody Arnhold discuss their passion for the arts with moderator Garen Scribner (Broadway Sandwich). Joseph Sinnott
The evening concluded with a stirring performance from classical-meets-rockstar duo, violinist Charles Yang and pianist Peter Dugan, whose renditions of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” and The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun” roused the attendees and honorees to a standing ovation. Joseph Sinnott
Honorees Jody and John Arnhold pose with Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, Kate Lear, Jon LaPook, and Juju Chang. Joseph Sinnott
WNET Trustee Marlene Hess with WNET President & CEO Neal Shapiro. Joseph Sinnott
Top Image: Joseph Sinnott