Annual Broadway Salutes Arts Horizons Gala Performances
In addition to the elegant cocktail reception, gourmet dinning experience and an eclectic auction, the evening’s entertainment was one of the many highlights of the night.
The Arts Horizons Annual 2011 Gala began with a performance from Afro Brazil Arts and a group of talented dance students. The group opened with an exciting presentation of capoeira, a dance developed by Africans bought to Brazil as salves over 400 years ago. Capoeira incorporates the speed and agility of martial arts dancing and acrobatics while teaching a philosophy of resolving conflict without the use of force.
Next, Grammy award winning violinist Joshua Bell, one of Arts Horizons’ Honorees performed beautifully. Bell’s performance included his interpretation of “Maria” from West Side Story and “Slavonic Fantasy” by Fritz Kreisler’s. After his third selection, the entire audience were on their feet clapping.
Ending the night, opera singer Frank Basile serenade his wife, Honoree and movie star Celeste Holm, with some of the most moving Broadway show tunes ever written. To the audience’s surprise, Basile passed the microphone to Holm and she treated us to a snippet of “Getting to Know You” from the Broadway Musical The King and I where she played Anna Leonowens in the 1950’s.
Where else would you find Joshua Bell, Celeste Holm and a demonstration of capoeira on one stage? Loyal attendees are calling this year’s gala “the best one yet.” View a short video of the gala’s performances below.