Monday, September 30, 2019
Carnegie Hall

a benefit for the us-china music institute

An evening of inspiring music and stories, fine dining, and an auction. Held in connection with the 2nd annual China Now Music Festival, the gala shares this year’s festival theme: CHINA AND AMERICA — UNITY IN MUSIC

Join us to celebrate and support the important work of the US-China Music Institute, now beginning its 3rd year as part of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

gala CoChairs

Jinqing Cai
Angela Chen
Denise S. Simon
Shirley Young
XIN Zhang


5:30 PM Cocktail Reception 
Weill Terrace Room at Carnegie Hall, 9th Floor
7:00 PM Wellington Koo the Diplomat – A Life in Song, multimedia concert
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
8:30 PM Dinner and auction
Weill Music Room at Carnegie Hall, 10th Floor


Gala Tables of 10

All table buyers receive recognition in the gala program.

  • $75,000 Platinum Table: premiere concert seating

  • $50,000 Gold Table: premium concert seating

  • $25,000 Silver Table: preferred concert seating

  • $15,000 Bronze Table: prime concert seating

Individual Gala Tickets 

  • $7,500 per person: recognition in gala program; premiere seating

  • $5,000 per person: premium concert seating

  • $2,500 per person: preferred concert seating

  • $1,500 per person: limited availability


Tickets to both concerts are included with the purchase of a seat at the gala.

Wellington Koo the Diplomat — A Life in Song On the night of the gala, enjoy a stirring multimedia musical portrait of the renowned statesman’s life and times featuring performances by world famous artists including soprano Ying Huang, bass-baritone Shenyang, violinist Dan Zhu, and Luoyong Wang as narrator, with a world premiere chamber piece by composer Peng-Peng Gong. (more information)

From the Middle Kingdom to the Wild West Gala guests will also receive complimentary tickets to this symphonic concert at Carnegie Hall on October 1, featuring the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long’s new orchestral work Men of Iron and the Golden Spike 铁汉金钉– a symphonic oratorio, honoring the extraordinary contribution of Chinese railroad workers to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad in the American West. Music by Zhou Long and lyrics by Su Wei. Performed by Bard College’s The Orchestra Now with US-China Music Institute Director Jindong Cai conducting, plus the China Now Music Festival Chorus and soloists. (more information)

Notable guests include Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun, in his role as the newly appointed dean of the Bard College Conservatory of Music; Bard College President Leon Botstein; Shirley Young, cofounder of the Committee of 100; Xin Zhang, CEO of SohoChina; Consul General Huang Ping; and more.

The gala dinner will be held in the elegant Weill Music Room on the 10th floor of Carnegie Hall. Reserve your seats by registering below or contact the US-China Music Institute at 845-758-7026 or

Image credit: Gang Zhao, MFA ‘00, High Tea, oil on canvas, 2018; courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York.