Every year Town Hall is privileged to honor our Friends of the Arts - those individuals or organizations whose contributions to the arts enrich our city's cultural life. We began this tradition in 1981 and our honorees includelegends such as Beverly Sills, Wendy Wasserstein, Paul LeClerc, Elaine Stritch,  Kitty Carlisle Hart, Julie Wilson, Jacques d’Amboise, Dizzy Gillespie and many more whose talent and philanthropy continue to make New York a rich and artistically diverse city.

On Sunday October 22, at the Princeton Club, Town Hall will host its 96th Annual Gala, and will honor Roberta Flack and Daryl Roth when we welcome them as this year’s Friends of the Arts. The festivities for the evening will begin with a concert featuring vocalist Catherine Russell followed by cocktails, dinner, and the awards presentation. Admission to the event is open to our Town Hall Sustaining Members, contributors and guests.

We hope you will join us in honoring these outstanding awardees by becoming a Sustaining Member of Town Hall. If you haven’t already secured your membership, you can join here and learn more about the benefits of becoming a Town Hall member. For more information and to attend The Town Hall Annual Gala, please contact Helen Morris, Director of Administration.

Please click HERE for the order form to attend. Mail to:  123 West 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

The  96th Annual Town Hall Gala Benefit

Sunday, October 22, 2017


October 22 marks the inaugural performance of the Town Hall Ensemble. The Town Hall Ensemble (THE) is a big band that celebrates cultural and musical chapters in New York City and Town Hall history. Like New York and Town Hall, it is a collection of diverse cultures and voices that promote equality, inclusiveness and social progress. The Town Hall Ensemble features some of New York City's greatest musicians and composers, led by renowned bandleader/trumpeter Steven Bernstein. The Ensemble plays all genres and styles, from classical and jazz to samba and flamenco, classic pieces as well as original compositions. 

The hall will be honoring


Roberta Flack is one of the most beloved singers of our time. She is nonpareil in her ability to tell a story through her voice and music. Her songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while transcending a broad musical landscape - from pop to soul to folk to jazz.   

Today, Ms. Flack remains an inspiration to her fans, peers, and younger musicians in the industry. A humanitarian and mentor, Ms. Flack founded the Roberta Flack School of Music at the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, which provides a free innovative and inspiring music education to underprivileged students.  


Daryl Roth is a multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and leading innovator in the theater world. Responsible for some of the most thought-provoking productions in New York City and throughout the world, Ms. Roth has brought to the stage the works of many of our greatest dramatists, including Edward Albee, Paula Vogel, and Nilo Cruz; has helped shepard the careers of new playwrights; and is the force behind the Tony and Olivier Award winning Best Musical Kinky Boots (Broadway, U.S. Tour, London, Toronto, Australia, Korea, Japan).

A prominent and tireless citizen of New York City, Ms. Roth is a newly appointed member of the New York City Police Foundation Board of Trustees, a member of the Mayor's Theater Sub-district Council, an Honorary Trustee for Lincoln Center Theatre, and was twice included in Crain's "100 Most Influential Women in Business."