O'Hara, Luker and Dansicker Honor Cook in Song Nov. 17 | Playbill

News O'Hara, Luker and Dansicker Honor Cook in Song Nov. 17
Tony Award winner Barbara Cook and Elysabeth Kleinhans of 59E59 Theaters are among those being honored by NYS Arts Nov. 17 at the The Manhattan Penthouse.

Honorees also include Phoebe Jacobs, the executive vice president of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation; and Kristin Swain, executive director of The Rockwell Museum of Western Art.

The 33-year old, non-profit New York service association for community-based arts and cultural organizations will present Cook, Kleinhans, Jacobs and Swain with awards that recognize their "outstanding commitment and dedication to arts education and advocacy."

Stephanie Simon, the arts reporter for NY1 News, hosts the evening. Kelli O'Hara, Rebecca Luker and Michael Dansicker will be on hand to salute Cook, while jazz musicians Arturo O'Farrill and Jon Faddis will pay tribute to Jacobs.

The evening will also feature a silent auction.

In a previous statement, Judith Kaufman Weiner, executive director of NYS Arts, said, "We are enthusiastic about framing the younger generation's nod to the older generation as they praise our honorees with musical selections. This is one more way that we are trying to usher in the next generation to service the arts. The honorees, who have spent much of their lives advancing the arts, are all incredible examples of individuals and organizations that are inspiring future generations of New Yorkers." The Manhattan Penthouse is located in Manhattan at 80 Fifth Avenue. Tickets are available by calling (631) 298-1234; for more information visit www.thealliancenys.org.


NYS Arts provides "leadership and vision and [delivers] services, resources and tools that strengthen cultural organizations. NYS Arts also provides education on statewide and national issues affecting the arts and assists local arts agencies in building community support."

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