On Saturday, May 30, the S&R Washington Awards Gala solidified its place as one of the most innovative annual events in the DC area. Hosted by S&R Foundation, the evening celebrated the 2014 Washington Award winners with a program for guests which included world-class dining, an exciting auction, and stunning performances in a historically elegant venue - Halcyon House.
Winners dazzled the crowd with an array of diverse performances. Opening the night was soprano Huanhuan Ma, who gave an engaging performance with selections from the opera Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak and a piece by Richard Straus. The evening continued with dancer and choreographer Tamas Krizsa, who captivated the audience with an original piece titled Together Apart. Violinist Erzhan Kulibaev displayed mastery over the classics with a three movement piece by Claude Debussy and Michael Mizrahi played piano pieces by Beethoven and Missy Mazzoli. Closing the night was Grand Prize winner Nabil Shehata, who dominated the double bass with pieces by Sergei Koussevitzky and Reinhold Gliere.
The Washington Awards program is S&R's longest running program, entering its 15th year of recognizing and awarding highly talented artists. Recipients of this award represent some of the leading solo caliber performing and visual artists in the world. The program aligns with the mission of S&R Foundation to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration. Each of the 2014 winners come from different parts of the world, representing the US, Hungary, China, Kazakhstan, Germany, and Egypt.
All proceeds from the evening went directly to supporting talented individuals. Overhead and general operational costs for the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization are covered by founders' contributions and use of existing assets.