Skating on thin ice
At Wollman Rink in Central Park for the annual skating party hosted by the Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy. 7:30 PM. Photo: JH.
This past Monday night some lucky New Yorkers as well as many from Europe, especially Turkey, were guests of Mica and Ahmet Ertegun, in conjunction with Alem Magazine and the American Turkish Society at a cocktail reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art followed by a black tie dinner dance at the Temple of Dendur. The purpose of the dinner was to celebrate Turkish culture, fashion and the art, but the venue made it a memorable sensation beyond any purpose other than sheer pleasure.

Nan Kempner and Mica Ertegun
Mr. Ertegun, the founder and former chairman of Atlantic Records is an authentic tycoon and impresario. He has developed the careers of some of the greatest popular music and jazz talent of the 20th century. His persona is present as a character in two current hit films — Beyond the Sea and Ray, both stories about careers in which he had a profound influence. His wife Mica is the noted interior designer whose work is known around the world. The couple have been prominent here in New York for decades and their sophisticated and very often hip “entertainments” are a must-go because they are always fun, interesting, and draw a brilliant array of people from all over the globe.

Monday night they brought us The Whirling Dervish Dancers who made a special trip from Turkey to perform their hypnotic movements in the traditional Sufi manner. We’ve all heard the term “whirling dervish” with most of us never knowing what it meant and whom it was referring to. They also brought Sami Goz, the French orchestra leader who has entertained at so many fabulous events all over the world, to provide the dinner and dance music. Mr. Goz is famous for being able to sing almost any popular song in the language and the style (and often the similar sound) of its creator.

Alem Magazine, which co-sponsored the evening, is Turkey’s most widely read lifestyle publication. Now they are expanding worldwide, beginning with New York because in their words, it is “the center of fashion” and the “center of the world.” Their photographers were on hand, along with Patrick McMullan and his corps of lensmen, and JH and the Digital to cover the event which will be featured in multiple pages in an upcoming edition of Alem. The magazine also made a generous contribution to the scholarship program at Columbia University under the direction of Dr. Mehmet Oz of New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Ahmet Ertegun and Diane Sawyer
The fashion show with jewelry by Atasay
The cocktail reception featured a runway fashion show in the Great Hall of jewelry by Atasay, one of the greatest manufacturers of Turkish jewelry. The Turks have an age-old tradition of gold jewelry, ancient and timeless, as the models demonstrated so easily.

About eight-thirty, the crowd of 400 moved on through
the galleries of the Sackler Wing to the Temple of Dendur, with its moat bathed in candlelight and its ruins illuminated by spots. The décor and flowers were provided by David Monn.

Once everyone had found their seats at table, Mr. Ertegun introduced the evening and pointed out that the work of the American Turkish Society, which was founded in 1949, was to build a bridge between the US and Turkey. Turkey, which sits on the borders of Iraq, is a bridge between East and West and offers opportunities to help bring stability to a troubled world. As a prosperous, secular, democratic and open society with a Muslim majority, she serves as an example of other countries in its region to dispel the notion that Islam and democracy are incompatible.

Then he introduced the Whirling Dervish Dancers, asking also that there be no table talk while they performed. This seems to be an impossible task for quite a few of even the most sophisticated adults. Be they bored or suffering from ADD, I cannot determine, but some just won’t shut up, no matter what. However: a band of special musicians for the Dancers took their seats in front of Sami Goz orchestra, tuning up while the Dancers took their traditional places on the plaza of the temple, and it began.
Whirling Dervish Dancers in formation
Whirling Dervish Dancers in action
The performance lasted about twenty minutes and was mesmerizing whatwith the combination of the costume, the music and the turning (it’s a very simple but highly disciplined step that allows the dancers to continue twirling for so long without getting dizzy and falling — don’t try it). After their exciting performance, the dinner was served. And soon thereafter everyone was up and dancing to Sami Goz.

The table settings
It was an amazing evening, with the fresh fallen snow lit up outside the galleries’ skylight. In the glamorous crowd: Newlyweds (as of last weekend) Bonnie and Charles Evans, Sirio and Egidiana Maccioni, Marty Richards, Rick Friedberg and Francine LeFrak, Sid and Mercedes Bass, Joan Ganz Cooney and Pete Peterson, Fernanda Niven, Lynn Nesbit, Lynn Wyatt with Bobby Short, Oscar and Annette de la Renta, Louise Grunwald, Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera, Christine and Steve Schwarzman, Lionel Pincus with Princess Firyal of Jordan, Gale Hayman, Kenny Lane, Nan Kempner, Marshall Rose, Dr. Patrick Stubgen and Dana Hammond, Pamela Gross and Jimmy Finkelstein, David and Julia Koch, Damon and Liz Mezzacappa, Duane Hampton, Mary McFadden, David and Lisa Schiff, Pietro Cicognani, Patricia Patterson, Audrey and Mehmet Kirdar, Ron and Harriet Weintraub, Barbara and Bobby Liberman, Annette Tapert, Alexander Marchessini and Genevieve Faure, Carol and George McFadden, Linda Wachner, Peggy Siegal, Dominick Dunne, Nina Griscom with Leonel Piraino, Hannah Pakula, Dr. Dan Baker, Elizabeth de Cuevas with Federico Manzano, Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford, John Richardson, Kosei Hara, Jason Epstein and Judith Miller, Antoinette Guerini-Maraldi, Paul Beirne, Jeffrey Leeds, Sheila and Tom Wolfe, Tom Freston, Tom Krens, Diane Sawyer, Donald and Catie Marron, Joan and Paul Marks Jann Wenner and Matt Nye, Vivien Duffield, Monty Hackett, Camilla McGrath, Sam Reed with Elizabeth Smith, Joan Didion, Elaine Kaufman, Paige Rense and Kenneth Noland, Jean Doumanian, Abe and Shirley Lord Rosenthal, Brigitte Restivo, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Nathan Bernstein and Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Sir Evelyn and Lady de Rothschild, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kravis, Gerry and Pat Schoenfeld, Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn, Beatrix and Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Bob Hormats, Barbara Walters, Don and Marilyn Hewitt, Prince and Princess Osman, Jane Holzer, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ney, Cornelia and Marty Bregman, Constance and Theodore Roosevelt IV, Martin van Hasselburg, Charles and Elizabeth Byron, Virginia Coleman, Doug Cramer with Lee Radziwill, Patricia Duff, Mort Zuckerman, Alexis Gregory, Werner and Nurit Haase, Drue Heinz with Tom Stoppard, Heidi Holterbosch, Barry Humphries (whose friend Dame Edna had the night off), Iris Love, Seniha Halman, and that’s not all, but, please forgive, about as far I can go with identification and memory.

Although, at the Erteguns’ tables were Tony Bennett and Susan Crow, Lale Cander, Lyor and Amy Cohen, Ms. Walters, Tapert, and Duff, Ambassador Baki Ilkin, Mr. and Mrs. Erkan Mumcu, Tarkan Tevetoglu, Princess Firyal, Mr. Hackford, Mr. Krens, Judy and Alfred Taubman, Ms. Sawyer, Ms. Love.

Was everybody happy? I hope so.
Wouldn’t you be? A great and memorable evening in New York, thanks to the Erteguns and our Turkish friends.
Gerry Schoenfeld, Tony Bennett, and Ron Weintraub
Abe Rosenthal and Shirley Lord Rosenthal with Arlene and Alan Alda
Gale Hayman, Kenny Lane, and Nan Kempner
Pat Patteron and Peter Schub
Iris Love, Sean Driscoll, and Emily Rafferty
Barbara Walters and Dominick Dunne
Mary McFadden
Katharina Otto and Nathan Bernstein
Sid Bass and Liz Mezzacappa
Reinaldo Herrera
Sam Reed and Carolina Herrera
The scene during the fashion show
Dominick Dunne and Doug Cramer
Bobby Short and Lynn Wyatt
Gil Shiva and Mercedes Bass
L. to r: Lyn Nesbit, Barry Humphries, Princess Firyal, and Lionel Pincus; Liz Mezzacappa and Barbara Liberman; Charles Byron and Elizabeth de Cuevas.
Entering the Temple of Dendur
Dinner guests settling in at the Temple of Dendur
Francine LeFrak, Rick Friedberg, and friend
Duane Hampton
Dilek Hanif and Sebnem Balkan
Lyn Nesbit and Louise Grunwald
Tom Stoppard, Hannah Pakula, and Joan Didion
Lucio Bamaccorsi and Luisa Beccaria
Bill Cunningham
Iris Love and Seniha Halman
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild
Paul Beirne and DPC
Lisa and David Schiff
Katharina Otto and Pamela Gross
Leonel Piraino and Nina Griscom
Tony Bennett
Judy Taubman and Jimmy Finkelstein
Annette de la Renta and Elizabeth Rohatyn
Sami Goz and his orchestra
Patricia Duff
A refill
The goody bags
The ground floor of the Met post cocktails
Kim Cermak Garfunkel’s New York nightclub debut in a one-night-only performance was the place to be last week. The place being Au Bar. Kim first performed as a back-up singer before being given her own solo spots in husband Art Garfunkel’s concert tour and has performed all over the world — including at Carnegie Hall and London’s Palladium and has sung with the New York Philharmonic.
James Garfunkel and Kim Garfunkel
Kim was backed up by a great quartet—bass, guitar, piano and drums—with special guest Juilliard violist Rozanna Weinberger and two vocalists.
Her repertoire included Billy Joel's "And So it Goes," Bob Dylan's "You Gotta Serve Somebody", Paul Simon's "Bleecker Street," Stephen Sondheim's "Another Hundred People" and Frank Loesser's "If I were a Bell" (from Guys and Dolls) among others.

Fabian Basabe, Justin Rockefeller, Ann Slater, Mark Newhouse, Peter Beard, Cornelia and Martin Bregman, "Premier Magazine" editor Peter Herbst, Amy Lumet, Ann Jones,  "Entertainment Tonight's" Michelle Becker, Nicole Hambrow (who flew in from London), and Kim's 14-year old son James and husband Art Garfunkel were all in attendance.  She received a standing ovation from the sold out crowd.
Sylvia Miles and Helen Glasser
Paige Bluhdorn
Jane Klaris and Diana Cannon
Kim Garfunkel
Howard Stein and Ann Jones
Justin Rockefeller and Indre Vengris
Nejma Beard and Peter Beard
Art Garfunkel and Justin Rockefeller
Justin Rockefeller, Ann Slater, James Garfunkel, and John Cahill

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January 26, 2005, Volume V, Number 15
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