Connect Gala

featuring a specialty cocktail from Zinc

Join us at the CONNECT Gala to celebrate the legacy of Gordon Geballe upon his retirement as Board Chair of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas after more than a decade of service.

Friday, September 23, 2022 
6:00PM – 7:00PM | Cocktail Hour
7:00PM – 8:30PM | Dinner and Gala Celebration of Gordon Geballe 
8:30PM – 10:00PM | Desserts & Dancing

Festive Black Tie Optional

Honorary Gala Co-Chairs
Roslyn Meyer, Founding Director
Anne Calabresi, Founding Director
Rev. Kevin Ewing, Vice Chair and Chair Elect

Gala Committee
Darice Gall
Hon. Clifton Graves
Christine Kim
Brian Nekoloff
Constance Royster
Betsy Sledge

Questions? Contact Katrice Kemble at 203.498.3704 or

Hotel Marcel

“I’m sitting in the sun-filled restaurant of  Hotel Marcel  in New Haven, Connecticut, marveling at what’s before me. Not the imposing Marcel Breuer-designed brutalist structure itself. Nor that the landmark building sat abandoned for over two decades and now feels fresh and modern. I’m marveling at my latte. Decorated with a perfect foam flourish, delivered at just the right temperature, it was brewed and steamed with electricity from the hotel’s own photovoltaic solar panels. The same is true of every linen that’s laundered, every remote-controlled shade that is lowered, and every warm bath that’s drawn. Hotel Marcel is the country’s first fossil fuel-free hotel.” –Vogue Magazine (Full Article Here)

We are thrilled to be among the first to welcome guests to the 9th Floor Loggia of the Hotel Marcel, the restored Pirelli Building that has gained national acclaim as the country’s first fossil fuel-free hotel. Learn more and book a room at

Stay the night! Special rates available for guests the evening of September 23. Call Hotel Marcel at 203.780.7800 to book by September 6. 

Annalisa Ewald

Classical Guitarist

Annalisa Ewald, studied classical guitar with Sophocles Papas, colleague of Andrés Segovia, and after studies at San Francisco Conservatory and Bard College won grants for five concert series in NY State from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA,) initiated the Warne Lounge Concert series for the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. and has been a featured performer for numerous societies and festivals including the Villa Lobos Festival, the Washington, D.C.Guitar Society and the Santa Barbara Bach Festival.

Her first live solo album was well-received by critics and garnered the No. 8 spoton the Billboard Traditional Classical chart. Her collected transcriptions of Argentine tangos by Carlos Gardel is pending publication by her publishing company, Hipogriffe Editions. After decades of teaching she developed The Ewald Suzuki Guitar Method, a proprietary approach to learning classical guitar. She is a frequent soloist and ensemble player in the NY metropolitan area and recently launched Circe’s Consort, an ensemble exploring seldom-heard music of the 16th and 17th centuries.


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Gordon Geballe

Chair of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas' Board of Directors

This year, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas is proud to honor our longtime champion and Board Chair Gordon Geballe. Since Geballe’s arrival in New Haven in 1972, his curiosity, open-mindedness, and generosity have made him a quiet force in the arts, environmentalism, and education. The International Festival of Arts & Ideas has thrived under Geballe’s leadership, establishing itself as a permanent anchor arts organization in the state of Connecticut while also expanding to better serve alongside our neighbors in New Haven through Neighborhood Festivals and to work with young people through innovative programs like the Arts & Ideas High School Fellowship. Beyond the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Geballe has diligently served organizations including Dwight Hall at Yale, Urban Resources Initiative, and Yale School of the Environment, where he retired as Associate Dean for International Engagement in May 2022 after almost 50 years of engagement.

After more than a decade of service on the Board of Directors, Geballe will transition into the role of Immediate Past Chair beginning in October with the appointment of Rev. Kevin Ewing as the Chair of the Board of Directors. The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is thrilled to have Geballe’s continued support and excited for his opportunity to embrace rest and the joy of his family, knowing that he made an indelible impact on our work and this city.

Individual Benefactors

     Nancy Alexander and Phillip Bernstein
     Judy and Steve August
     Mark Simon and Penny Bellamy
     Guido and Anne Tyler Calabresi
     Elsie B. Chapman
     Bob and Priscilla Dannies
     Kalman L. Watsky and Deborah Fried
     Gordon and Shelley Geballe
     Sally and Steve Glick
     William Graustein
     Penn and Diane Holsenbeck
     Roger G. Ibbotson
     Jacqueline Koral
     Marc and Margaret Mann
     Ruby Melton and Gail McAvay
     Roslyn Milstein Meyer and Jerome Meyer
     Carmen Shortt
     Betsy and William Sledge
     Louis and Susan Stone

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