Gaudium Award 2011
On Monday, November 14, 2011, The Breukelein Institute once again conferred its Gaudium Award upon a quartet of remarkable men and women. Held during its annual fund raising dinner at the Yale Club, this year’s honorees include:
William ChristieWilliam Christie, a native of Buffalo, New York, is a harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist, and teacher specializing in French Baroque music. In 1979, he founded the performance group, Les Art Florissants. Major recognition came to this ensemble with Christieʼs production of Lullyʼs Atys in Paris. Their production of Atys opened this fall to rave reviews at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has made over 70 recordings while continuing to conduct at major opera houses and festivals internationally.
Christine EbersoleChristine Ebersole has worked successfully in all areas of show business. She has appeared in films, on television, on concert stages, on and off Broadway and cabarets. Her first Tony award for lead actress in a Broadway musical was for the 2001 revival of 42nd Street. She won her second Tony as lead actress for her performance as “Big” and “Little” Edie in Grey Gardens (2006). Ms. Ebersole has performed with the Boston Pops and the San Francisco Symphony. A cabaret/recording artist as well, her most recently released CD is Christine Ebersole Sings Noel Coward.
Mother Dolores Hart, o.s.b.Dolores Hicks from Chicago acquired the stage name of Dolores Hart and was signed at the age of 18, to be the love interest in Elvis Presleyʼs films Loving You and King Creole. Other films included Where the Boys Are, Lisa, Lonelyhearts and Francis of Assisi. In 1963, she left her acting career to enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis. Mother Dolores remains a Benedictine nun and a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an advocate for persons with neropathy disorders.
Frank MacchiarolaDr. Frank Macchiarola has been a New York City civic leader, educator and public servant for decades. He became the 17th president of his alma mater, St. Francis College and now serves as that schoolʼs chancellor. Holding a doctorate from Columbia University, he is perhaps most well-known for his tenure as the chancellor of the New York City school system. Among many civic appointments, Major Bloomberg appointed him chair of the New York City Charter Revision Commission. In 2010, he received an honorary doctor of law to celebrate his 50 years of service.