Joyce Kulhawik, best known as the Emmy Award-winning Arts & Entertainment Critic for CBS-Boston (WBZ-TV1981-2008), is currently President of the Boston Theater Critics Association and a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. Her reviews appear online at as well as WBUR’s The ARTery and WBUR Radio.

Kulhawik has covered local and national events from Boston and Broadway to Hollywood; nationally, Kulhawik has co-hosted syndicated movie-review programs with Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin.

A 3X cancer survivor, Kulhawik testified before Congress on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of The National Cancer Act. Since 1983 she has helped raise millions of dollars for the American Cancer Society’s “Daffodil Days” as well as the ACS’s first HOPE LODGE in Boston which provides free lodging for cancer patients and their families. The American Cancer Society has honored Kulhawik with its National Bronze Medal for her work.

In 2010, Kulhawik received the N.E. Emmy’s Governor’s Award for her distinguished career, and in 2007 was an inaugural inductee into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The recipient of countless awards for her career and advocacy, Kulhawik also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Communications from her alma mater Simmons College, and has an endowed scholarship in her name at the Berklee College of Music. 


Described by the Boston Globe as one who "plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star", Juilliard graduate Charles Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. On June 9th of 2005, the Mayor of Austin presented Mr. Yang with his own "Charles Yang Day".  In 2016 Mr. Yang joined the crossover string-band, Time for Three.

Not only confined to classical violin, Mr. Yang's improvisational crossover abilities as a violinist, electric violinist, and vocalist have led him to featured performances with a variety of artists in such festivals as The Aspen Music Festival, The Cayman Arts Festival, The YouTube Music Awards, The Moab Music Festival, TED, Caramoor, The EG Conference, Oncue Conference, Google Zeitgeist, YouTube Space Los Angeles, Interlochen, and onstage at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House, David H. Koch Theater, Dizzy’s and David Rubinstein Atrium; The Long Center, The Royal Danish Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Highline Ballroom, Ars Nova, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Forbidden City in Beijing among many others. He has performed in the presence of two former US Presidents, the Queen of Denmark and has recently shared the stage in collaborations with artists including Peter Dugan, CDZA, Steve Miller, Jesse Colin Young, Jake Shimabukuro, Ray Benson, Michael Gordon, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Marcelo Gomes, Twyla Tharp, Misty Copeland and Jon Batiste. His career has been followed by various news media including The New York Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Playbill, The Boston Globe, Fortissimo, The Financial Times, The Austin-American Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, Shenzhen Daily, The Strad, Dallas Daily, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Juilliard Journal. Mr. Yang is featured in Nick Romeo's book, Driven as well as Discovery Channel's Curiosity.

Regarding Mr. Yang, The Texas Observer has noted, “Mr. Yang is a true crossover artist, a pioneer who can hop between classical and popular music and bring fresh ideas to fans of both genres.  Rather than maintaining an insular focus and simply assuming that an audience for classical music will always exist, he wants to actively create that audience, to persuade and seduce others into enjoying a type of music as passionately as he does.”


Jennifer Hurley-Wales will be honored with this year’s Stewardship of the Arts Award. She is the co-founder and former Co-CEO/Executive Producer of From the Top, America’s largest national media and education platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically-trained musicians.
Prior to founding
 From the Top in 1999, Jennifer spent nearly 20 years in arts management. In her decade at the New England Conservatory of Music, she was a senior development officer for their $34 million capital campaign, and subsequently served as the interim Director of External Affairs and Special Projects, identifying collaborations and strategic partnerships.

Ms. Hurley-Wales lives in Concord, MA with her husband Ed and holds a BA from Denison University.