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There are many ways to express one’s love for classical music but actor Alec Baldwin has a made a $1 million donation to the New York Philharmonic. The gift was made in honour of Zarin Mehta, the NYP’s outgoing president and executive director.
The actor, famous for his roles in 30 Rock and Glengarry Glen Ross, is a member of the Philharmonic’s board. He also presents the radio show, The New York Philharmonic This Week.
Baldwin used the proceeds from his recent appearance in an advertisement for a credit card company.
A statement from Baldwin said: “I have loved classical music all of my life, but Zarin Mehta made my dream of becoming part of the world of classical music come true.
"I will miss working with him directly, but will always bear in mind his passion, commitment, and insight as I continue my work with the New York Philharmonic. Zarin has my best wishes for the future, and I look forward to continuing our rich, musical friendship.”
Mehta replied in a statement that Baldwin’s donation “humbles me and inspires me to continue to contribute to the art form in any way I can.”