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About American Friends of the RPO

For more than sixty years, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has enjoyed a warm relationship with American audiences, building a loyal and enthusiastic following during its regular coast to coast tours. The American Friends of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (AFRPO) was originally established in 1983 to further the work of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the USA. Funds raised through the AFRPO have provided essential support for the Orchestra’s USA tours, educational activity at home and abroad, and for some of the young American artists who regularly appear with the RPO.

To mark the RPO’s 70th Anniversary, the Orchestra set about reinvigorating its American Friends membership scheme, which is now moving from strength to strength. The AFRPO has a board of committed and enthusiastic Directors, and is classified as a Public Charity, therefore all donations to the AFRPO are tax deductible for US taxpayers to the full extent allowed by law. The AFRPO is keen to attract new patrons who will enjoy being associated with one of the world’s great cultural institutions, and who recognise the importance of developing and enhancing a cross-cultural relationship between the USA and Great Britain. The support the Orchestra receives from its American Friends is essential if it is to achieve its overarching mission of bringing outstanding orchestral experiences to the widest possible audience.

AFRPO EVENT NEWS

AFRPO News

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - US Tour 2020

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to be returning to the USA for a coast-to-coast tour in January 2020. Starting in New Jersey on January 11th, the Orchestra will head down the east coast, with concerts in New York, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The RPO will then fly across to Arizona, performing in Tucson on January 22nd, before going on to perform 6 concerts in various concert halls across California.

For the concerts on the East Coast, the Royal Philharmonic will be joined by Olivier Award-winning British conductor Mark Wigglesworth and internationally renowned Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili.

Pinchas Zuckerman will conduct and perform with the Orchestra for the second half of the tour on the West Coast. One of today’s most sought-after and versatile musicians, Pinchas has been Principal Guest Conductor for the RPO for over a decade.

You can see the full schedule for the US Tour 2020 here. If you are able to attend any of the concerts, please let Huw (daviesh@rpo.co.uk) know and members of the Royal Philharmonic will be delighted to meet you.

AFRPO and RPO Resound in New York

In early November, members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra travelled to New York to take part in a series of events for the America Friends of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and run several RPO Resound community outreach projects.

Sotheby’s hosted a sumptuous evening of music, art and cocktails for an array of distinguished guests, including members of the American Friends. Members of the RPO  were joined by the young American pianist Kenneth Broberg for a concert following the viewing. The RPO musicians also attended and perform at a dinner hosted by Barry (president of AFRPO) and Lilia Bloom in honour of Vasily Petrenko, the RPO’s Music Director Designate 2020.

The RPO musicians also delivered a community outreach project at a school in Mount Vernon, New York, working with young musicians to devise and perform original pieces of music, inspired by themes of the school’s academic programme. There was also the opportunity to run two family workshops at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. The musicians then travelled to Hershey to deliver a morning of workshops followed by a concert for 750 pupils and staff at Milton Hershey School. The New York project was being generously funded by Mr Greg Galdi (member of AFRPO) and the Hershey project by Jim and Elaine Mead (board members of the AFRPO). We are extremely grateful for their support.

Lancaster House Gala 2019

Members of the American Friends of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra joined other distinguished guests for a truly memorable evening in the stunning surroundings of Lancaster House. This historic venue has become familiar to the public since standing in as Buckingham Palace in the 2009 film Young Victoria (starring Emily Blunt), the 2010 Oscar winner The King’s Speech and the hugely successful Netlflix series The Crown, and it provided the perfect setting for this year's Gala Evening.

Guests enjoyed a Champagne reception in the ornate Music Room, before making their way to the magnificent Long Gallery for a sumptuous three-course dinner. Guests were treated to musical interludes, performed by members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and 2018 winner of the Menuhin Competition, Diana Adamyan. The beautiful State Drawing Room provided the perfect surroundings for coffee, petit fours and digestifs, before the American Friends headed out to their after-party, hosted at the fabulous Milestone Hotel.

The Gala Evening is the highpoint of the RPO's speicla events calendar, and this year was no exception. The lavish Lancaster House, which has entertained more Heads of State, politicians and celebrities than any other house in London, was the perfect place to reinforce the friendships made with our American Friends and celebrate the exceptional concerts and outreach programmes given by the Orchestra at home and abroad.

Become a Friend

Friend

$100 ($12 is non tax deductible)

  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Benefactor

$500 ($52 is non tax deductible)

  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US
  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Sir Thomas Beecham Circle

$1,000 ($372 is non tax deductible)

  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US
  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Concertmaster Circle

$2,500 ($1,022 is non tax deductible)

  • Opportunity to meet the RPO Concertmaster and artists backstage following a performance
  • One invitation for the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London
  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US
  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Pinchas Zukerman Circle

$5,000 ($1,672 is non tax deductible)

  • An additional invitation to attend the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London
  • Option to purchase 2 additional Gala tickets
  • Partner with a player -  get to know your very own RPO musician, meet him or her at concerts and events and be listed next to your player in RPO own-promotion concert programmes
  • Invitation to attend a cocktail reception in the US with Maestro Zukerman
  • Complimentary copy of all RPO new release CDs
  • Opportunity to meet the RPO Concertmaster and artists backstage following a performance
  • One invitation for the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London
  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US
  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Diamond Circle Circle

$10,000 ($2,000 is non tax deductible)

  • Opportunity to tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • An additional invitation to attend the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London 
  • Option to purchase 2 additional Gala tickets
  • Partner with a player -  get to know your very own RPO musician, meet him or her at concerts and events and be listed next to your player in RPO own-promotion concert programmes
  • Invitation to attend a cocktail reception in the US with Maestro Zukerman
  • Complimentary copy of all RPO new release CDs
  • Opportunity to meet the RPO Concertmaster and artists backstage following a performance
  • One invitation for the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London
  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US
  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Platinum Patron Circle

$20,000 ($2,000 is non tax deductible)

  • Naming recognition opportunity for a US outreach project, or UK concert of your choice (subject to availability)
  • Invitation to a post-concert dinner in the US or UK
  • Opportunity to tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • An additional invitation to attend the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London
  • Option to purchase 2 additional Gala tickets
  • Partner with a player -  get to know your very own RPO musician, meet him or her at concerts and events and be listed next to your player in RPO own-promotion concert programmes
  • Invitation to attend a cocktail reception in the US with Maestro Zukerman
  • Complimentary copy of all RPO new release CDs
  • Opportunity to meet the RPO Concertmaster and artists backstage following a performance
  • One invitation for the RPO Annual Gala Dinner in London
  • Two complimentary concert tickets for an RPO concert in the US (subject to availability)
  • Two complimentary tickets to an RPO concert in London
  • Invitation to an annual cocktail reception in the US
  • Acknowledgement in all RPO own-promotion concert programmes, on the Orchestra’s website and in the RPO Annual Report
  • Quarterly AFRPO e-newsletter
  • A complimentary RPO CD
  • Opportunity to attend open rehearsals during US tours
  • Advance email notice of forthcoming RPO concerts and education activity in the US

Current Members

Board of Trustees:

Barry Bloom (President)
Huw Davies (Vice President & Secretary)
James Mead (Treasurer)
David Albright

Les Bider
Richard Chapman
Eileen Foley
James LoGatto
Harry Macklowe

Michele Park
Robin Vince

Diamond Circle:

Les and Lynn Bider
Barry and Lilia Bloom
Richard Chapman
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Foundation
James and Elaine Mead
Michele Park and Scott Beardsley
Tad Smith and Caroline Fitzgibbons
Laurie Tisch
Robin and Liselotte Vince

Pinchas Zukerman Circle:

David and Kelly Albright
Danny and Lillie Bensusan
Jonathan and Kristyn Bloom
Sara K. Bloom
Ambassador Donald and Vera Blinken
Steve and Joy Bunson
Gerald and Kathleen Chamales
Eileen and Josh Foley
David and Alexandra Fox
Victor and Gail Gartenstein
Scott Greenberg and Alison Zirn
Peter and Jamee Gregory
Rachel and David Grund
IDB Bank
The Irving Harris Foundation
Dame Alice Kandell
Igor and Christina Kryca
Jerry and Rosanne Lombardo

Harry Macklowe and Patricia Landeau
Jack Martin and Colleen Crowley
Simon and Pauline Milde
Richard and Debra Parkoff
Brett Rousch
Mikhail and Sophie Segal
William and Adrianne Silver
Michael and Laura Tepper
Tommy and Alice Tisch
Greg Zaffiro and Matthew Ailey

Concertmaster Circle

Gregory and Linda Galdi
Scott David Greenberg Trust
Levin Capital Strategies LP
Jim LoGatto and Barbara Kataisto
Robert Lombardo
Dan Lubin

Sir Thomas Beecham Circle

Robert N & Nancy A Downey Foundation
Alexander Becker
Margaret Hathaway
Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
Bonnie F Rhodes
Terra Capital
The Wagner Family Foundation

Benefactors:

James Black
Vikki Black
Michael van Buskirk
Fred and Melanie Depalma
David Gartenstein
Jane Carter Pomerantz
Zena Tamler
Robert Yaffa

Friends:

Aji Abraham
Christophe Baldridge and David Skerpon
Nancy Browne
Shane Burn and Cathy Clarkin
Terry and Robin Ewert
John Kirkland
Char Magaro
Jane Murphy
Stewart Oldfield
Dave Osborne Jr and Sandy Bergsten
Mitzi Perdue
Daniel Nathans and Kate Hastings
Bruce Saber
Susan Shinkman
James Wetzler
Elizabeth Zabludoff

Contact

For further information please contact:

Huw Davies
americanfriends@rpo.co.uk 
+44 20 7608 8825.