Parsons Dance and Gala Chair Linda Stocknoff announce the company's 2013 Annual Spring Gala, Strike up the Band! honoring the Board of Trustees of the Harkness Foundation for Dance: Theodore Bartwink, William Perlmuth, and Etta Brandman, on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7pm at the Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, NYC. The evening, which will be hosted by MC Brett Siddel, will begin with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and silent auction at 7pm, followed by dinner and live auction at 8pm, with a sneak peak of a never-before-seen new piece choreographed by David Parsons. The night will continue with the creation of a brand-new dance created on the spot through improvisation with a ten-piece big band, followed by social dancing with the band. Attire is black tie optional. Tickets begin at $700 and are available by phone at 212-869-9275, or online at www.parsonsdance.org/gala.