Budapest Meets Bridgehampton

Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra Gala

Sylvia Hemingway, Kati Marton, Ivan Fischer, Daisy Soros==Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra Gala==Carnegie Hall – Weill Terrace, NYC==February 18, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo – Aurora Rose/ PMC====

The Hamptons seems to have gotten even more cosmopolitan of late. First, the Royal Jaipur Polo Team of India stopped by earlier this month, and now we hear that The Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra held their Summer Kick-Off Party this past weekend at the home of Sylvia Hemingway in Bridgehampton.

Ms. Hemingway is a Trustee at the Museum of the City of New York and also of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. The event she hosted at her home was attended by some pretty impressive bigshots, including former US Ambassador to Hungary Donald Blinken and his wife, Vera, Former Town & Country Editor Kathryn Livingston Forgan, Victoria Wyman, Leah and Stanley Rumbough, Julianne Pruett and Bill Yun, singer/songwriter Cole Rumbough, Mike Lovdal, Christine and George Ledes, Dr. Kenneth Mark, Neal Batra, Whitney Schott,  James Sanderson, Jaimee Gregory, Daisy Soros, and Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini. Of course Budapest Festival Orchestra Chairman Stephen Benko was there with his wife, Radka, to hear what legendary Maestro Ivan Fisher has up his sleeve for the upcoming performance at Lincoln Center in February.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra is one of the international music scene’s major success stories, being rated among the top ten orchestras in the world. The orchestra is a regular guest at the world’s most important music venues and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Royal Albert Hall. They have repeatedly been invited to perform at international music events such as the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Salzburger Festspiele or the Edinburgh International Festival.

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