Friday, November 8, 2019

The National Institute of Social Sciences to Honor Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb

Peter Gelb and Yanna Avis

The National Institute of Social Sciences (NISS) hosted a cocktail party at the home of Yanna Avis in honor of Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb, who will be honored at the organization's 105th Gold Medal Dinner this December. At 7:00PM sharp, Fred Larsen, President of NISS, with his wife Michele at his side, said, "We honor those individuals who made distinguished contributions to humanity and society. We thank Peter Gelb, who made time during his workday to join us, and who has to run off and supervise a production of Orfeo." Replied Gelb, "If I was chosen for this distinguished award because of my position at the Met, I guess the study of social sciences certainly would apply to the Metropolitan Opera House. We have more than 3,000 people who work there and they certainly exhibit every form of behavioral science. Sometimes I feel like I work in some kind of social science laboratory. Maybe that wasn't why you decided to give me this award, but I am very grateful to be receiving it."

Guests included Vice President and Assistant Treasurer Angela Cason, Trustees Michele Jeffery and Barbara Tober, Honorary Trustee Geraldine Kunstadter, as well as Dr. Lisa Airan, Debbie Bancroft, Dr. Karen Burke, Christina CoteSharon King HogeElizabeth JacobyHenry LarsenEdith and Philippe de MontebelloMr. Frederick W. Peter, Jonathan PielJulie Sagoskin, and Pepita Serrano.

The NISS 105th Gold Medal Dinner will be held at a private club in Manhattan on Thursday, December 5.  You may purchase tickets here

Yanna Avis

Yanna Avis and myself
 Myself and Michele Jefferey

  Sharon Hoge, myself, and Madelaine Piel

Photos courtesy of John Sanderson/

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