YoungArts alumni performancePhoto by Nick Tininenko.

YoungArts alumni performance
Photo by Nick Tininenko.

YoungArts alumnus Blake Pfeil performingPhoto by Nick Tininenko

YoungArts alumnus Blake Pfeil performing
Photo by Nick Tininenko

YoungArts alumnus Harrison Knostman performingPhoto by Nick Tininenko

YoungArts alumnus Harrison Knostman performing
Photo by Nick Tininenko

Blake Pfeil, Harrison Knostman and Sophia DionPhoto by Nick Tininenko

Blake Pfeil, Harrison Knostman and Sophia Dion
Photo by Nick Tininenko

Dana and Mazen Farouki, Tony Tamer, Sami and Hala MnaymnehPhoto by Nick Tininenko

Dana and Mazen Farouki, Tony Tamer, Sami and Hala Mnaymneh
Photo by Nick Tininenko

Dee Dee Sides, Sarah Arison, Harrison Knostman, Blake Pfeil, Sophia Dion, Sandra Tamer, Stacey Glassman MizenerPhoto by Nick Tininenko

Dee Dee Sides, Sarah Arison, Harrison Knostman, Blake Pfeil, Sophia Dion, Sandra Tamer, Stacey Glassman Mizener
Photo by Nick Tininenko

Henry Timms and Sabrina HahaPhoto by Nick Tininenko

Henry Timms and Sabrina Haha
Photo by Nick Tininenko

Mickalene Thomas and Oscar Murrillo enjoying the performancePhoto by Nick Tininenko

Mickalene Thomas and Oscar Murrillo enjoying the performance
Photo by Nick Tininenko

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Aspen

YoungArts Hosts Intimate Brunch and Performance in Aspen

On Saturday, August 5, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) hosted an intimate brunch at the private Aspen residence of Sandra and Tony Tamer on Highlands Mountain. The Tamers, and co-hosts Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm, welcomed YoungArts supporters, philanthropists, and leaders to an afternoon celebrating the arts.

The highlight was a multidisciplinary performance by YoungArts alumni Blake Pfeil (2006 YoungArts Winner in Theater), Harrison Knostman (2018 YoungArts Winner in Dance), and Sophia Dion (2018 YoungArts Winner in Voice). Pfeil took center stage with his original piece Oscar; Midnight Train, written and performed by Dion, brought guests to tears; and  Knostman moved through the audience with a modern choreography to Opia by Bungler. For the emotional finale, the artists performed the classic Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper.

Notable attendees included contemporary artists Mickalene Thomas and Óscar Murrillo, Americans for the ArtsNora Halpern, The Bass Executive Director and Chief Curator Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum curator and Founder of the Aspen Art Barn Alexandra Munroe, and Lincoln Center President and CEO Henry Timms, as well as Rob and Kim Cortez, Dana and Mazen Farouki, Freddy and Jessica Menjivar, Sami and Hala Mnaymneh, Angela and Adam Shopkorn, and Graham Steel.

The event was made possible by the generous support of YoungArts partner Deutsche Bank.

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