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Sponsor Our Annual Summer Benefit

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Benefits provide maximum marketing potential for your company. Preview our sponsorship opportunities here. For details and assistance, please contact our Director of Donor Relations, Kat Trippany, at ktrippany@yaddo.org or call (518) 584-0746.

Suzanne Vega |  Photo Credit: George Holz

Widely regarded as one of the foremost songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the early 1980s folk revival. She has been known for performances that convey deep emotion, with NPR Music noting that she “has been making vital, inventive music” throughout the course of her decades-long career. Vega’s most recent album, An Evening of New York Songs and Stories, was released in 2020. A live recording, it incorporates familiar songs like “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner,” and a cover of "Walk on the Wild Side" by her late friend, Lou Reed. The mix also features “New York Is My Destination” from Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers, Vega’s 2016 album from her one-woman play about the Southern gothic novelist, and Yaddo artist, Carson McCullers. A filmed version of Vega’s play had its world premiere at the SXSW festival in March 2022 and features songs by Vega with music by Duncan Sheik.  Visit Vega's website for more information on the artist and her upcoming tour dates.

Jason Hart, an accomplished music director and keyboardist, will accompany Vega.
Jason Hart, pianist.

Jason Hart has served as music director for Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik since 2009. 

Hart's theater credits include Suzanne Vega's Lover Beloved (Alley Theater), American Psycho (Broadway), An Enemy of the People (Broadway), The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theater), Whisper House (Old Globe Theater), Alice by Heart (MCC Theater), Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (The New Group), Because of Winn Dixie (Goodspeed), Noir (Alley Theater) and other works in development. He has toured and recorded as keyboard player for Rufus Wainwright, Antony and the Johnsons, Duncan Sheik, Suzanne Vega, Renaissance, and Camel and leads his own progressive rock project, I and Thou.

Summer Benefit Planning Committee

Summer Benefit Chair: Judy Soukup

Sue Allerdice
Stacie Arpey
Susan Bokan
Susan K. DePaula
Tamie Ehinger
Patricia McBride Friesen
Patty HasBrouck
Kelly Healy

Katrina Lucas
Cara Mildé
Robb Moore
Justine Steciuk
Kim Swidler
Tamara Backer Tepper
Candace Wait
Domenique Yerolayev

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Collectively, Yaddo artists have won 82 Pulitzer Prizes, 34 MacArthur Fellowships, 71 National Book Awards and a Nobel Prize in Literature. Learn more about the impact of Yaddo.

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