Paul Simon Takes the Stage at Steinhardt’s 2014 Vision Award Gala

Paul Simon Helps Raise $1.1 Million for Student Scholarships; Invites Students on Stage to Perform “Still Crazy After All These Years”

Paul Simon rocked the Steinhardt School at the second annual Vision Award Gala at the Beacon Theatre on May 7th.

The evening, which began with a cocktail party and finished with dinner at Per Se, featured a benefit concert by Simon, who brought the audience to their feet with “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” and “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes.”

Simon was presented with a Tiffany glass Vision Award for his role in shaping American culture as a poet, songwriter, and world music diplomat.

At the 75-minute concert, the legendary singer performed some of his most popular songs and invited the school’s Chamber String Ensemble to the stage to perform “Still Crazy After All These Years” with him. After an encore set of “American Tune” and “Graceland,” he brought the ensemble back for the final curtain call.

Students took part in a pre-concert show, performing a medley of musical theatre songs. Singer-songwriter Anna Paddock (MM ’10) performed her original song, “Home Away From Home.”

Philanthropists Linda and Arthur Carter were also honored at the benefit, which raised $1.1 million for student scholarships.  The Carters received a Vision Award for “philanthropy that has advanced the public good and enriched the academic culture of NYU and the Steinhardt School.”

Linda Carter (Ph.D. ’74) is a psychologist in private practice and a faculty member at the NYU School of Medicine.  Arthur Carter, an artist, publisher, and investment banker, is a lifetime trustee of NYU.  The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is named in his honor.

NYU trustee Michael Steinhardt, whose naming gift has supported the Steinhardt School, gave remarks and introduced Mary Brabeck, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean.

Brabeck thanked the audience for giving students, “a gift more meaningful than any possession — the gift of education.”

The concert was sponsored in part by Jim Dolan, CEO of Cablevision and Executive Chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company.  Dawn Ostroff, President of Conde Nast Entertainment Group and Mark Ostroff, CEO of International Asset Management, were the gala event chairs.

The student portion of the evening’s musical offerings were directed John Simpkins, master teacher of musical theatre, and coordinated by Ron Sadoff, chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions.

Photos (from top):  Paul Simon gives an acceptance speech at the 2014 Steinhardt Vision Award; The school’s musical theatre students perform on stage with songwriting program graduate Anna Paddock (at keyboard, far left); Steinhardt Dean Mary Brabeck (at podium) introduces Arthur and Linda Carter (far right) with NYU President John Sexton; Paul Simon applauds the Chamber String Ensemble after “Still Crazy After All These Years.”

(Photo credit: ©NYU Photo Bureau: Asselin.)