President's Council Spring Dinner 2006: Tenth Anniversary Gala
Tenth Anniversary Gala
The President’s Council Tenth Anniversary Gala took place in two of the Library's grandest spaces, the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division and the McGraw Rotunda. . The program featured three outstanding performers bringing the collections of the Library to life. At the cocktail reception, the musical performance by the critically acclaimed jazz quartet Meta-Four, lead by the saxophonist and composer Eric Person, included arrangements based on three manuscripts of John Coltrane recently acquired for the Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The after-dinner program featured readings from great Library treasures given by two award-winning actors: Simon Russell Beale, of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, and Linda Emond, acclaimed for her roles on Broadway and in feature films—both of whom starred in the PBS documentary John & Abigail Adams, which aired one week before the Library’s event. The evening was a fitting celebration of the President Council’s wonderful success in raising more than $15 million for the Library over its first decade.