Cocktails with ABT
Carlos Lopez, Stella Abrera, Marcelo Gomes, and David Hallberg
Sloan McClure, Blair Husain, and Kit McClure

Last Thursday night there was a cocktail party for the American Ballet Theatre hosted by Malo, the worldwide leader in luxury cashmere knitwear at their boutique on Madison Avenue. The party celebrated Malo’s partnership with ABT as a Principal Sponsor of the dance company’s 2005 Fall Season which runs at City Center from October 19th through November 6th.

The chairs for the opening night gala are Muffie Potter Aston and Dr. Sherrell Aston, Grace Hightower De Niro and Robert De Niro, Arlene and Harvey Blau and the Junior Council of the ABT. Vice Chairs: Dr. Lisa Airan, Fabiola Beracasa, Daniel Cappello, Lauren Davis, Pamela Lynn Fielder, Shoshanna and Josh Gruss, Blair and Fazle Husain, Elizabeth Loomis, Amanda Meigher, Claudia Overstrom, Coralie Charriol Paul and Dennis Paul, Elizabeth Pyne, Susan Shin, Barbara Wilhelm.

Elizabeth Loomis, Stefano Ferro, Muffie Potter Aston, Peter Lyden, and Grace Hightower
Among the guests at the cocktail reception were Muffie Potter Aston, Grace Hightower De Niro, Fabiola Beracasa, Daniel Cappello, Blair Husain, Sloan McClure, Kit McClure, Elizabeth Loomis, Claudia Overstrom, Elizabeth Pyne, Susan Shin, Harry LeFrak, Somers Farkas, Fabian Basabe, and Stefano Ferro, along with ABT dancers: Marcelo Gomes, Stella Abrera, David Hallberg, Misty Copeland, and Carlos Lopez.

ABT’s sponsors make a big difference in mounting these wonderful ballet productions. Countrywide Financial is the National Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre and Cole Haan is a Leading Benefactor. Malo is the Principal Sponsor of the City Center Opening Night Gala, with additional funding from Superfund Asset Management and Lee Angel Jewelry. ABT’s 2005 City Center season is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Fabiola Beracasa and Susan Shin
Rachel Moore and Peter Lyden
Peter Lyden and Carlos Lopez
L. to r.: The twins; Peter Lyden, Fabiola Beracasa, Stefano Ferro, Somers Farkas, and Daniel Cappello.
Chris Meigher and Millie Brinn
Claudia Overstrom and John Banta
Fabian Basabe and Elizabeth Loomis
Pasquale Q. and Anne V.
Stefano Ferro and Somers Farkas
Paul Wilmot

Photographs by Neil Rasmus/PMc



The New York Philharmonic opened its 164th season with a baton
Karen and Richard LeFrak
Evgeny Kissin
Elaine Sargent and Greg Beverly
Last Wednesday night the New York Philharmonic opened its 164th season under the baton of Maestro Loren Maazel, who led the superb members of the this superb orchestra to wild applause at Lincoln Center. The brilliant Moscow-born pianist Evgeny Kissin performed “Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto No. 5,” followed by Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem “Don Juan” and “Der Rosenkavalier.” Kissen, who began playing the piano by ear at age two, has performed at such diverse musical events as the Grammy Awards in 1992 and the BBC Promenade Concerts.

Chairpersons for the evening were the following: J. Christopher Flowers and Mary H. White; Robert S., Jr. and Colleen Hekemian; and Masamoto and Yoko Yashiro.
Dinner under the tent
Paula Root, Aileen Mehle, and Judy Ney
Leon Root and Elaine Sargent
There were more than one thousand guests, including CeCe Cord, Elaine Sargent with Gray Beverly, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, art consultant Michel Witmer and society band leader Alex Donner, Marie-Josee and Henry Kravis, Dr. Leon and Paula Root, and Karen and Richard LeFrak, she in Oscar de la Renta, Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola, Pamela Fiori, Jesse and Rand Araskog, and Peter Gregory, who moved into the tent after the performance and dined on Crabmeat Timbale, Medallions of Veal and Chilled Passion Fruit Soufflé under the autumnal golden-amber glow created by lighting guru Bentley Meeker in a tent festooning with towering arrangements of crab apple branches, bronze amaranths, and green Hypericum berries.

The gala raised more than $3.1 million making it the most successful night in the orchestra’s history. That’s a lot of money no matter what year it is.
Cece Cord
Jesse Araskog
Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola
Loren Maazel

Photographs by Matt Carasella/ PMc



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