NYC Gala and Historic Student Performance at Carnegie Hall Celebrate Student Scholarship
Last month, history was made at the Rensselaer Scholarship Gala and debut performance of the Rensselaer Orchestra in New York City. The evening’s events highlighted student scholarship, honored distinguished leaders, and encouraged visionary philanthropy at Rensselaer.
Helen-Jo Kelly and Rensselaer Trustee, John E. Kelly III ’78G, ’80 Ph.D.; Gail Kodosky and Rensselaer Trustee, Jeffrey L. Kodosky ’70; and the Boeing Company were honored with Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awards for their extraordinary service, philanthropy, and partnerships which enable Rensselaer to continue being transformative in its third century. Several foundations and individuals also were recognized for their exceptional student scholarship, faculty and research support. Underwriting was provided by IBM and supported by major corporate sponsors United Airlines, The Boeing Company, and Sodexo.
The evening continued with a historic debut performance at Carnegie Hall from the students, alumni, and alumnae of Rensselaer Orchestra, led by Maestro Nicholas DeMaison, Ph.D. The performance was a celebration of the recent launch of the university’s new Bachelor of Science in Music degree.
“The Rensselaer Orchestra performance is a concrete example of how we are implementing our vision for Rensselaer as The New Polytechnic,” said President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. “This vision is inherent in everything we do – it establishes Rensselaer as a vital crossroads for student, faculty, and alumni/ae collaborations across disciplines, sectors, geographies, and generations.”
“Our students were tremendously excited to have the opportunity to perform in such a world-class, iconic venue,” said Mary Simoni, Ph.D., Dean, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. “And, many of those performing are future engineers, scientists, architects, and entrepreneurs. They are drawn to the orchestra because music is an essential part of who they are. Our students gracefully cross the divide between the arts and sciences.”
The 2018 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to the following honorees in recognition of their extraordinary service, philanthropy, and long-standing partnerships with Rensselaer.
Helen-Jo Kelly and
John E. Kelly III ’78G, ’80 Ph.D., Trustee
The Boeing Company
Gail Kodosky and Jeffrey L. Kodosky ’70, Trustee
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Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Step and Repeat
A historic performance presented by
THE RENSSELAER ORCHESTRA in The Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
will celebrate the launch of our new Bachelor of Science in Music.
Transform. Innovate. Inspire.
Missy Mazzoli: River Rouge Transfiguration
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82
Nicholas DeMaison, Conductor
Photo credit: DCINY Production/Dan Wright Photography
We thank our corporate partners for their generous support of our students through the Rensselaer Scholarship Gala.
Bridging the Gap Circle
A special thank you to Artist Pianos for their donation of a Steinway B piano for use at the Rensselaer Orchestra rehearsals.
Friends of Rensselaer
Core BTS, Incorporated
Rose & Kiernan Incorporated
Bank of America
JMZ Architects and Planners, P.C
Additional Corporate Support Provided By:
Steinway & Sons