London Symphony Orchestra kicks off celebrations for its 100 Year Anniversary with a private evening at benefactors' homes
Ian Graham, Gail Hilson, Carroll Petrie, and Alexis Graham
Andrew Marriner, John Alley, and Moray Welsh

This past Tuesday, the London Symphony Orchestra started its Centenary celebrations with a private recital and dinner at the homes of Mrs. and Mrs. Ian Graham and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gruss.

Ellen Graham and Audrey Gruss

Ellen Graham, the noted photographer and her husband Ian, will hosted a special recital in their Park Avenue home, with performances by LSO Principal Clarinet, Andrew Marriner, son of Sir. Neville Marriner; LSO Principal Cello, Moray Welsh, who studied with Jacqueline du Pré and Rostropovich in Moscow; and LSO Principal Keyboard, John Alley. The recital was followed by dinner at the apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gruss.

The evening's guest of honor was Sir Colin Davis, Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and Lady Davis. Also present: Dr. Sherrell Aston and Mrs. Muffie Potter Aston, Mr. and Mrs. John L. Bernbach, Mrs. Katherine Bryan, Ms. Catherine Cahill and Mr. William Bernhard, Mr. and Mrs. Roberto de Guardiola, Mrs. Hilary Geary and Mr. Wilbur Ross, Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Gow, Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Gregory, Mrs. John S. Hilson, Mrs. Dina Merrill, Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. and Miss. Sharon Handler, Mr. and Mrs. Earle Mack, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Quasha, Mrs. Milton Petrie, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Robert, Mr. and Mrs. Baird Ryan, Mrs. Arthur Sackler, Mrs. Frances Scaife and Mr. Thomas McCarter, Ms. Elizabeth Stribling and Mr. Guy Robinson, among others.

This event, which coincides with the London Symphony Orchestra's 2004 New York Residency at Lincoln Center (January 18-21), is the first Centenary celebration in New York in what will be an extremely exciting year. On April 27th, the American Foundation of the LSO will hold its annual New York Gala at the elegant Metropolitan Club. Chaired by Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gruss, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Schwarzman and Sir Howard Stringer, and attended by The Lord Mayor of London.

During the recital
The main focus of the Centenary celebrations will take place during the London Season with a special three day Benefactor trip on June 7th, 8th, 9th. The trip will include a "Royal Event" with a special host on June 8th, as well as the LSO Centenary Gala and Concert at the Barbican on June 9th. The gala will be truly unforgettable, a stellar cast assembles to celebrate the LSO's 100th birthday, on the anniversary of the Orchestra's first ever performance on June 9th, 1904.

Clive Gillinson
The concert will be feature performances by luminary celebratory artists: Sir Colin Davis, Midori, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sarah Chang, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alfred Brendel, Yuri Bashmet, John Williams and Susan Graham. Her Majesty the Queen, the LSO's Royal Patron, has been invited to attend.

Ranked as one of the world's finest orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has enjoyed a long and special relationship with American audiences since its founding in 1904. It has traveled to the United States on over 30 occasions thrilling American audiences with its special blend of artistic innovation and technical excellence.

As part of its mission of bringing world class music to the widest possible global audience, the LSO is also the only British orchestra that has committed to an annual residency in New York City, bringing one of its major artistic events to New York every year.
Peter and Linda Bren with Martin Gruss
Barbara and Donald Tober
L. to r.: Ilona Nemeth Quasha; Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson.
Marie Douglas and George David with Victoria Wyman
Ian Graham and Jill Sackler
April and Roddy Gow with Audrey Gruss
Alexia Hamm Ryan, Katherine Bryan, and Audrey Gruss
Sir Colin Davis and Lady Davis
Frances Scaife and friend
Ellen Graham and friends
Frances Scaife and Catherine Cahill
Peter Gregory and friend
Roberto and Joanne de Guardiola
April Gow and Sharon Handler
Ted Hartley and Dina Marrill
Carol and Earle Mack
Sherrill Aston, Linda Bren, Peter Bren, and Muffie Potter Aston
Margo Langenberg
Alan Quasha, Roddy Gow, and Baird Ryan
Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary
Peter Gregory and Frank Wyman
LSO patrons

Photographs Rob Rich -

Nataliya Gotsky named winner of the ford models’ “supermodel of the world 2003” competition
Billy Bush and the models at the New York Public Library

Nataliya Gotsky, the 19-year-old beauty hailing from the Ukraine won the largest grand prize in the modeling industry tonight when she was named the Ford Models’ Supermodel of the World 2003. Gotsky beat out 38 contestants from countries around the world to take home a $250,000 modeling contract at the 23rd anniversary of the competition, held in New York City.

The evening’s celebrity judges included Roshumba, Stephanie Seymour, Phillip Bloch, Jeremy Bloom, Lydia Hearst and Patrick McMullan, who joined host Billy Bush and luminaries from the internationally known Ford Models, including founders Eileen and Jerry Ford and President and CEO of Ford Models, Katie Ford.

Super Models of the World at The New York Public Library

Other winners for the evening included Brit Tranckino from the United States, Jessica Sjoo from the Czech Republic, Monika Resetkova from Slovakia and Ajuma from Kenya. All received contracts with Ford Models for amounts of $150,000, $100,000, $75,000 and $50,000, respectively.
Official sponsors of the FORD Models’ Supermodel of the World 2003 included Panteen, Jantzen, MAC Cosmetics and the Bryant Park Hotel.

L. to r.: Jerry Ford, Eileen Ford, Roshumba, and Phillip Bloch; Amy Sacco and Patrick McMullan.
Frederique Van Der Wal
Sessa Von Richthofen and Richard Johnson
The winner (left) Nataliya Gotsky from the Ukrane and the first runner up Britt Tranckino (U.S.)
Lydia Hearst, Jeremy Bloom, and last years winner Dari Maximova
Flash bulbs popping
Eileen and Jerry Ford announcing the winner Nataliya Gotsky
Billy Bush

Photographs by Jimi Celeste/PMc


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