The Perlman Music Program Annual Summer Benefit: “A Taste of Shelter Island”
Friday, July 28, 2017
On Friday, July 28, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) celebrated its annual “Taste of Shelter Island” summer benefit. Toby and Itzhak Perlman hosted an evening of generosity, artistry, and friendship on PMP’s bucolic waterfront Shelter Island campus. The event featured local flavor from talented chefs, restaurants, and winemakers to showcase the very best of the island.
The fun kicked off at a beachside reception, featuring a raw bar from SALT Waterfront Bar + Grill, hors d’oeuvres by Ram’s Head Inn and The Pridwin, and libations from Shelter Island Craft Brewery, Sunset Beach, and Amagansett Wine & Spirits.
Guests gathered in the concert tent for a performance by the Perlmans’ phenomenal young students: 39 classical string musicians, ages 12-18, from around the world. Led by the inimitable Maestro Patrick Romano, the PMP Chorus performed selections from Mozart’s Requiem. Next, Maestro Itzhak Perlman conducted the PMP String Orchestra in a masterful program of Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10 and Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings.
Following the musical fireworks, guests enjoyed dinner in a beautiful tent designed by Cait&Jules, and were treated to more local flavors. Restaurant partners 18 Bay, Red Maple at The Chequit, Ram’s Head Inn, The Tavern at Shelter Island House, and Vine Street Café served seasonal highlights from their delicious menus. PMP’s own head chef James Moran created a sampling of fabulous dishes enjoyed by the students and faculty all summer, crafted with local produce from Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. Marie Eiffel Market provided perfect petits fours, and an ice cream cart rounded out the sweet offerings.
A silent auction inspired some friendly competition among the guests, including items from Café Boulud Palm Beach, Calypso St. Barth, EMP Summer House, Shoreline Aviation, Tesla – and even a few select vintages from Itzhak Perlman’s personal wine cellar.
PMP Founder, Toby Perlman, and Board Chairman, Randall Blank, recognized PMP board members in attendance Jay Dweck, Barbara Gladstone, Vicki Kellogg, Mark Miller, and Jim Toth, and thanked the audience for their extraordinary generosity to the Program. The event raised $450,000 to support PMP’s mission to educate and support the next generation of classical musicians.
As a final farewell, guests were treated to the sweet sounds of “The Perltones” PMP’s resident doo-wop ensemble, and a flashmob performance of the Beatles classic “Yellow Submarine”.
The evening’s guests - numbering over 250 - and generous contributors included lead supporters Arlene and Alan Alda, Cornelia and Ralph Heins, Jeff and Mei Sze Greene, Marsha and Henry Laufer, Mrs. Francis Lloyd, Carol and Lawrence Saper, Sidney Stark, Justin Sullivan, and Barbara and Sedgwick Ward & the Ward family.