Vienna Philharmonic Society Toasts Orchestra’s 175th Anniversary and New Historic Book

Max Jahn, Marife Hernandez, John Hargraves, Cynthia Sculco, Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz, Theodora Simons,William Forster,The Vienna Philharmonic Society_new york gossip gal

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The Vienna Philharmonic Society toasted the Orchestra’s 175th anniversary and the launch of their new book with a celebration at The Kosciuszko Foundation.

Marife Hernandez, chairman of The Society, and her husband, Joel Bell, welcomed each friend on their arrival, and in her opening remarks described the Orchestra as “the longest lasting romance of my life”.

She also thanked Sir Clive Gillinson for making Carnegie Hall their second home, as well as partnering with the Vienna Philharmonic Society and the Orchestra to contribute to the cultural life of New York and cities thought our country through educational programs in conjunction with The Weil Music Institute.

Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz, the book’s author, made a witty speech alongside John Hargraves, who translated his manuscript from German

Nearly 200 guests including Bill Bernhard, Austrian Consul General Dr. Helmut Bock, Katia Chapin, Carole and John  French, April and Roddy Gow, Ambassador and Mrs. Andreas  Jacovides, the Austrian Ambassador to the United Nations Jan Kickert with his wife Latica, Noel Lateef, Cynthia and Leon Polsky, Ann Nitze, Emily Rafferty, Yolanda Santos, Mr. and Mrs. Sedgwick Ward, Canadian Consul General Pamela Yaffe, as well the vice chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Steinberger, and board members of The Vienna Philharmonic Society Cynthia Sculco, Theodora Simons, William D. Forster, John Hargraves and Max Jahn, enjoyed the private concert by Vienna Philharmonic String Quartet.

The concert commenced with Beethoven, Strauss, and the quintessentially Viennese composer, Joseph Lanner, and was followed by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. A Sound Tradition; A Short History of The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, is the first history of the orchestra in English and lavishly illustrated.


Max Jahn, Marife Hernandez, John Hargraves, Cynthia Sculco, Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz, Theodora Simons, William Forster

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