Read what Columbia Alumni of varying schools and graduation years have to say about CAAL or click on the thumbnails below to view more photos of each CAAL Night.

"CAAL is a fantastic way to find out about events in the city and to have an insider's vantage point, as members are invited to private receptions with the artists.  I have attended numerous concerts of every kind of musical genre, from banjos in Brooklyn to jazz at Lincoln Center compliments of CAAL  to art gallery crawls - the range of events is phenomenal.  I would highly recommend it - it has been a fabulous way to gain access to events that I would not have even known about otherwise."

-Gauri Khurana (CC '00)

CAAL members saw Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra perform Duke Ellington's Music.  Before the show, they attended a pre-concert lecture with Mercedes Ellington, Duke Ellington's granddaughter, and after the show, they met Wynton Marsalis. 

"This was an evening that I will not soon forget.  From the preferred seating to the unlimited access approach, CAAL rolled out a VIP experience.  Not only did we get front row seats for the concert but we had the opportunity to meet the jazz legend after the show.   Wynton was a delight to meet, answering questions from the group with a style and vantage point that only he could bring to the conversation.  I look forward to attending another well planned event."

- Timothy Hanold ('08SCE)

CAAL members were invited to begin the July 14, 2011 CAAL Night: Chelsea Art Crawl with Artlog at Gallery 1500.  Gallery 1500 was co-founded by Andrew Klug '09BUS.

"CAAL gives a nice lineup of special events and highlights an incredible network of participating institutions, along with a great network of young alumni!"

- Peggy Hannon (CC '05)

CAAL Members saw the critically acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of William Shakespeare's HAMLET with Jude Law in the title role and directed by Michael Grandage.  The production came to Broadway following sold out runs in London's West End and a special engagement at Elsinore Castle in Denmark.

I just want to thank you for this incredible opportunity to see Hamlet. I kept waiting for the catch (it was the evening that Jude Law wouldn’t be performing, we would all be behind a great big pillar, row D couldn’t possibly mean 5 rows back from the stage, etc), but nope, there we were, in INCREDIBLE seats, at a discount (a discount for a hot play!) for a superb evening. I guess I just have to leave my middle-aged cynicism at the door and accept the fact that there is an alumni group that provides wonderful opportunities for their graduates!  THANK YOU!

-Jonathan Catherwood (BUS '89)

Hamlet was the single best piece of theatre I have ever seen!  It really was spectacular.  Keep those great offers coming!!

-Lisa Nusbaum (BUS '89)

Joshua Bell, world-renowned master of the violin, joined Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra for Mozart's Adagio and Rondo and Mendelssohn's passionate Violin Concerto.  Before the performance, CAAL Members gathered for a pre-concert lecture.

"We recently joined the Columbia Alumni Arts League, and have been very pleased with the opportunities offered with the subscription. We were fortunate to attend the performance of Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Emanuel Ax at Carnegie Hall earlier this year. Then just last week we saw Joshua Bell & the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. The performance was recorded as part of the PBS Live at Lincoln Center series. Our seats were excellent for both events, and the pre-theater cocktails & hors d'oeuvres prior to the Carnegie Hall performance were a nice touch. Thank you to those who select & organize these events. It's nice to see such quality of performance through CAAL's efforts."

-Edgar Hartmann (BUS '86)

CAAL Members had an hour-long guided tour of the Dia galleries, where they had the opportunity to walk through the Michael Heizer galleries, which are closed to the public.  After the tour, CAAL members spent the evening on Beacon's main street, where they took part in a reception with complimentary food and wine at the RiverWinds Gallery for their exhibition "Salute to the Hudson River - from a Photographer's Eye."

"CAAL is a fantastic way to enjoy and take full advantage of the arts in New York City. 
My membership paid for itself with the first performance I attended, and it's proven to be one of the best values for me in the city.  Not only do I get great discounts to the performances I want to see, I've been able to learn about and enjoy so many other interesting things that I might not otherwise have gone to. CAAL makes the arts so accessible and is a wonderful resource and service for the Columbia community."

Katherine Jo ('06TC and Associate Director, Center for Career Education)

CAAL members saw the new "brave, breathtaking" rock musical next to normal and met the two Columbians who created it, composer Tom Kitt '96CC and lyricist Brian Yorkey '93CC. Also joining Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey in the Q & A after the performance were Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, as well as Anthony Pietropinto '64MD, who assisted Kitt and Yorkey with the psychological themes in the show.  After the talkback, panelists and guests congregated at Sardi's.

"I wanted to compliment the CAAL team for a terrific theater evening yesterday. The play was terrific, the speakers were interesting, and the get-together at Sardi's was fun. I look forward to participating in many more CAAL events."


-Hilka Klinkenberg (SIPA '09)

CAAL Members received an offer for $25 tickets to two shows at the New York Philharmonic: the U.S. Premiere of Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! by Avner Dorman, one of Israel's most successful and renowned composers; and Music for the Royal Fireworks, one of Handel's most celebrated works.

"The CAAL e-newsletter had an item about the New York Philharmonic that caught my attention. I called the CAAL office the day before the concert to get tickets and was told that the concert was sold out. David in the CAAL office suggested that I call Arlene at the Philharmonic who confirmed the tickets were gone. When she heard I was a CAAL member, however, she said, "Let me see what we can do." The tickets were mine - at the reduced rate - in a matter of seconds and I received VIP treatment. Love that CAAL membership!"

- Tracy Quinn (Communications Director, Columbia Alumni Center)

Free CAAL Night passes gave members an opportunity to mingle at Art After Dark: First Fridays at the Guggenheim.

"I'm definitely glad I joined CAAL after graduating.  I've been able to join the Fourth Ring society at the NYCBallet, attend a lecture at the Public Theater, and use the discounts for tickets around the city.  CAAL gives a nice lineup of special events and highlights an incredible network of participating institutions, along with a great network of young alumni!  There is so much going on in New York, it can sometimes be overwhelming--this is a great way to experience some of the amazing things New York has to offer!”

-Peggy Hannon (CC '05)

CAAL Members enjoyed a complimentary reception and talk with NYC Ballet company dancers in the Patron's Lounge before seeing Balanchine and Robbins' Traditions at a discount.

"Getting involved in CAAL has been my number one favorite alumni way to reconnect with the school. The events are terrific and varied, from Baryshnikov in Beckett Shorts in the East Village to classical NYC Ballet at Lincoln Center to amazing free concerts at Joe's Pub. The alumni who attend the events are as individual as the events themselves, coming from all parts of Columbia -- Journalism, Business, Education, you name it, and all ages. Truly an amazing opportunity the like of which I don't believe exists anywhere else in the world. Don't miss out!"

-Laura Faludi (MBA '03)

CAAL Members had a chance to meet Paquito D’Rivera and Wynton Marsalis backstage after the JALC performance of Beyond the Spanish Tinge.

"If you enjoy the arts in New York City, like getting great seats at discounted prices for sell-out performances, and would like to meet and talk with performers after the shows in a private setting, then joining CAAL for a modest donation that pays for itself immediately is a ‘no-brainer.' My wife, Ronnie '74TC, and I, along with our guests, had amazing box seats for the Paquito D'Rivera concert with Wynton Marsalis at Jazz at Lincoln Center--we could easily read the titles on the musicians' sheet music from where we sat about twenty feet away--and then after the show got to meet both of them. We have a lot of fun at CAAL events, which run smoothly due to the hard work and preparation of CAAL."

-Steve Charme (JD ’75)

Members Miyako Oe, GS '03 and Aner Fust, GS '03 with Cirque du Soleil Artists Danni and Martin at the post-show CAAL Wintuk Party. 250 CAAL Members and their guests attended the 14th CAAL Night of 2007.

Prof. Harwood and AI Director Mosher spoke with members during a complimentary reception before Stoppard's sold-out show, Rock 'n' Roll on 10.23.07

"I enjoyed the event and appreciate the work you are doing to make both the arts more accessible to Columbia alumni and to bring us together…I think CAAL is doing a great job and look forward to attending more events in the future."

-Paula Flores (SIPA ’97)

CAAL Members enjoyed a complimentary reception and symposium before seeing the premiere of A Requiem for Anna Politkovskaya.

"I am glad that I had a chance to meet you and want to thank you for making it possible to attend the Requiem yesterday, which was a most poignant, informative, and touching event."

-Jean Golden (SW '66)

After a talk with RSC’s Assistant Director Gemma Fairlie and AI Director Gregory Mosher, members continue the conversation over cocktails before seeingThe Seagull at BAM on 09.14.2007.

"I loved the evening - interesting and informative pre-performance talk; and then good drinks and conversation.”

-Bernadette Cullen (JN '81)


"The evening was wonderfully orchestrated and very impressive.”

-Leni Kreitman (JD/SIPA '76 )

CAAL Nights debuted in Washington, DC on 09.22.2007. Alumni met for drinks before Lawrence Wright’s My Trip to Al-Qaeda at the Kennedy Center.

'My Trip to Al-Qaeda' is the best Columbian event I've been to since my daughter graduated SIPA!  It was terrific.”

-Jack Mendelsohn (SIPA '77)


"Melanie and I want to thank you again for orchestrating such a wonderful evening. Without CAAL's sponsorship and your personal efforts, we would have missed a great evening of theatre and the opportunity to meet fellow alums.”

-Dory Winkelman (AC '86)

Members enjoyed a complimentary wine and cheese picnic during the New York Philharmonic’s Concert in Central Park on 07.17.2007.

"My wife and I enjoyed the New York Philharmonic Concert in Central Park CAAL Night very much, not least because you were so friendly and enthusiastic in your hospitality.  Keep up the good work!”

-Ludwig Howard Adams (JD '79)


"Worked out splendidly. Met some lovely people and we've been in touch ever since. Thanks!” 

-Margo Greene (BC'69, GSAS '72)

Madame Prosecutor Carla del Ponte speaks to reporters after the screening of Carla's List and prior to a reception with members on 06.19.2007.

“CAAL has given me unparalleled access to the best of the arts in New York City. Some memorable events included hearing Carla Del Ponte, Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, speak to us at Lincoln Center after watching a riveting documentary following her years of work at the Hague; watching Ragtime, The Musical from Orchestra seats, followed by a talk-back with members of the cast; and recently, viewing Mamet’s Oleanna and having the opportunity to engage in dialogue with Columbia grad Julia Stiles after her explosive performance on-stage. If you’re not a CAAL member, you’re missing out on your Columbia alumni experience.”

-Kristin Vukovic (GS '06, SOA '09)

Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and Tony Award-winning actor Brian Dennehy (CC '60) spoke with Columbia Alumni in the Lyceum Theater after playing Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind on 06.21.2007.

"I had the distinct pleasure of attending two CAAL events last week: the NY Premiere of Carla’s List and Inherit the Wind Broadway performance.   Standing by themselves, both performances were superb, -- however, to be followed by a post-performance opportunity for the alums to speak with Carla del Ponte and Brian Dennehy catapulted these wonderful entertainment experiences to beyond outstanding.  All the administrative details from obtaining these much coveted tickets to wonderfully placed seats were made possible by the incredibly diligent and friendly team staff at CAAL.  As a result, both evenings were smooth and flawless!  It is such a pleasure to be part of this wonderful alumni league!" 

-Susan Lee (JD '90)

Tony Award nominated actress Xanthe Elbrick and actor Brad Fleischer speak to members before performing in Coram Boy on 05.22.2007. 

"I had an amazing time at 'Coram Boy’…these are exactly the kind of events that I would like to attend...ones where there is a critical engagement with what is transpiring, whether it be an art installation or performance piece.  It allows for community amongst peers and the larger community of the arts.”

–Chad Miller (GS '07)

American music historian Ashley Kahn (CC ’83) speaks to members about the jazz contributions of Miles Davis before The Many Moods of Miles Davisperformance at JALC on 05.11.2007.

"On a stand-alone basis, the 'Many Moods of Miles Davis’ at Jazz at Lincoln Center was a great event.  However, what really made the night so memorable and even more enjoyable was to have two Columbia alumni experts on Miles Davis give us an introduction to jazz and Davis' work.  Adding in the opportunity to sip some wine and meet fellow alumni resulted in a great a night out.  Looking forward to the next event.”

-Peter Paone (MBA '96)

On 04.12.2007, members participated in the Arts Initiative's first CAAL Night: Lawrence Wright’s performance of My Trip to Al-Qaeda followed by a post-performance Q&A and drinks.

"'My Trip to Al-Qaeda’ was certainly the most enjoyable alumni event I have participated in -- the performance was a remarkably compelling way to gain insights about the world we have to live in, and the conversation afterward was just plain fun.  I look forward to more Alumni Arts events very soon.”

- Brian Rafferty (CC '88)

"'My Trip to Al-Qaeda' is the best Columbian event I've been to since my daughter graduated SIPA! It was terrific."

-Jack Mendelsohn (SIPA '77)

Forty-four alumni and fifty-one students attended the
Arts Initiative's Arts Networking Night on 03.25.2007.

"Thank you all again for the two tickets to Sunday's performance at Carnegie Hall.  The seats were fantastic -- the Parquet, ground floor.  The music was great, too.  Keep up the great work at the Arts Initiative.”

-Christopher Hand (GS '82)
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