Imagem held its U.S. launch party on September 15 at its New York office, the newest addition to their growing worldwide presence, which includes spots in the Netherlands, U.K., Germany and Belgium. While the office initially housed Rodgers & Hammerstein, it now also contains Imagem’s classical division, Boosey & Hawkes and its new contemporary, classic rock and pop division Imagem Music. PHOTOS: LYN HUGHES



Here, Billboard catches up with the heads of Imagem. Pictured here (from left) are Christopher Robbins, Billboard’s East Coast Sales Director; Richard Stumpf, President of Imagem Music USA; André de Raaff, CEO, Imagem; and Jeremy Levine, Billboard’s VP Sales/Associate Publisher.

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In addition to Imagem staffers from across its various divisions, the party hosted some of the company’s best known composers and songwriters including composer John Adams, whose “Nixon in China” opera is being performed on various dates throughout February 2011 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera; Stephen Schwartz, who has written such musicals as "Wicked;" Charles Strouse, composer of "Bye Bye Birdie;" Joe DiPietro, Tony Award winning co-author and lyricist for “Memphis.”



Pictured here (from left) are Stephen Schwartz; André de Raaff; Ted Chapin, President and Executive Director, Rodgers & Hammerstein and John Minch, CEO, Boosey & Hawkes.



Boosey & Hawkes composer John Adams with John Minch.

Also at the event were some of the children and grandchildren of classic songwriting giants Irving Berlin, Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Tuscanini and Leonard Bernstein.



Pictured here (from left) are Ted Chapin; Mary Ellin Barrett, daughter of Irving Berlin and André de Raaff.



Wynton Marsalis II, son of Boosey & Hawkes composer Wynton Marsalis poses with André de Raaff during the Imagem US launch party.



Enjoying the party are Zizi Mueller, SVP Boosey & Hawkes (left); Dava Stravinsky (center) who is married to John Stravinsky(right), the grandson of legendary composer, Igor Stravinsky.


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