Leslie Odom, Jr. Helps University of the Arts Celebrate their 140th anniversary
The University of the Arts hosted a Creative Black Tie Gala as part of a year-long series of events celebrating its 140th anniversary. The star-powered, Grammy-style gala featured Philadelphia native and Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr., and performances by some of UArts’ most renowned ensembles and was held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, Sunday October 16, 2016.
Brian and Sherry Effron, University of the Arts president, David Yager, Leslie Odom, Jr , Jeff Hammond, auctioneer extraordinaire, as well as emcee for the evening, and Jeffrey A. Lutsky, chairman of the Board of Trustees for UArts and Stradley Ronon’s managing partner.
Yager was officially installed the next day, October 17. “Mark today in your calendar, as we celebrate 140 years and this inauguration. We are standing at the threshold of something new… the University of the Arts will be what it has always been—distinctive and bold—and it will be like something we have never seen before. Because that is our obligation—and our passion—as artists and makers.” – David Yager
Neil Kleinman is the director of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and a former professor of Multimedia and Communication at the University of the Arts, Kate Genzer and Richard Genzer, Genzer Associates
Frank Giordano, President & CEO | The Philly Pops and Dottie Giordano
Leslie and Al Borish
The high–energy event wove together musical and theatrical performances, awards and remarks to create an impactful evening honoring the University community’s contributions to the creative economy. Mole Street produced the musical part of the evening.
Brandy Tynes and Bernard Tynes
Award winning Artists Nadia Hironaka, Chair of the Film and Video department at The Maryland Institute College of Art and Matthew Suib, Hironaka & Suib
are both alumni of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Alyson Frank and Sherry Effron
Aubrey Fink, Kim Fink, Karin Copeland and Sage Copeland.
Leslie Odom Jr. with honorees Eleanor Davis and Stephen Tarantal.
Raised in Philadelphia, Odom made his Broadway debut as a teenager in “Rent.” He later performed in productions like “Leap of Faith“ and “Venice;” Odom also appeared on TV as Sam Strickland on the NBC musical series “Smash”, before but before appearing in the smash hit on Broadway “Hamilton.” Up next for Odom is the release of his Christmas CD “Simply Christmas,” on November 11.
Beth Fredrick, Lisle Hummerston, Meghan Walsh and Francina Girard,
Cheryl Hazzard, Alumni Board, Composer, musician, and scholar J. Donald Dumpson (he Curated the Papal Visit Choir With Aretha Franklin) and Valerie V. Gay, CFP | Art Sanctuary. Saturday night she performed at the PABJ Awards
Anna Ready and Anna Clarke
Before I knew it the gal ringing the chimes to signal the guests head to the ballroom passed by, and it was time for me to go….