|Los Angeles, CA — The young Venezuelan conducting sensation Gustavo Dudamel doesn’t take over his duties with the Los Angeles Philharmonic until October 2009 but LA Philharmonic Board member John Hotchkis and his wife Joan threw a festive dinner party to introduce Gustavo and his wife Eloisa, to friends of the Philharmonic and its Board.
The Philharmonic’s current conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, will hand over the baton to Gustavo dudamel at a concert and ceremony at the Hollywood Bowl on October 3rd. Dudamel will make his official debut with the Philharmonic at its gala season opening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on October 8th.
|Houston, TX — The 25th Annual One Great Night in November, an elegant Gentleman’s black tie event, was held on a Wednesday in the middle of November at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston where just over 265 men raised $800,000 and inspired a pledge from the MFAH Board of Trustees for an additional $275,000 for the purchase of art for the museum, bringing in 24 news works of art.
Mr. Meredith J. Long and Mr. Fayez Sarofim chaired the benefit evening and the chairmen’s sons served as Honorary Chairman: Peter K. Jameson, Melvin Trey, Allard Lipsitz III, Ernest Meredith Long, Edwin H. Murphy, J. Cavanaugh O’Leary, Andrew Sarofim, Christopher Sarofim, Maxwell Sarofim, and Phillip Sarofim.
|Preceding the 25th annual Gentleman’s Smoker, One Great Night, the museum hosted a cocktail reception in honor of John P. "Jack" Cowan (1920-2008), an artist who created sporting art inspired by the Texas coast and the region’s wildlife and who often depicted his friends saltwater fishing or bird hunting. Approximately 30 paintings by the artist were on view.|
|Palm Beach, FL — Shannon Donnelly, the revered, sometimes feared, fawned over society editor of the Palm Beach Daily News, recently used the term “smoking ash heap” to describe the Palm Beach economy in the wake of the Madoff Mess. And while that may certainly be the awful truth for some of the island’s richest Ritchy Riches, it’s becoming quite clear that the future of America’s gilded resort lies in the hands of its youth, especially those who didn’t have millions to fork over to Mr. Madoff.
A perfect example of who will be who on PB’s reset playing field showed up in high spirits for architect Michael and Diana Perry’s annual holiday drinks party in the Preservation Foundation’s ethereal Pan’s Garden, gifted by the late Lydia Buhl Mann. There, in sky-high Louboutins and sexy sheaths: folks like Kourtney and Mac Pulitzer, Penny and Keith Williams, Stephen Mooney and Scott Velozo, Cristina and Desmond Keogh, Preservation Foundation exec John Ripley, Scott Moses, Andrea and Brian Kosoy, Joanie and Kim Sargent (the renowned interior design photographer) Melanie and Chris Hill, Patrick Killian, Kenn Karakul, Coleen Orrico, Sarah and Brian Miller, Steven Stolman, and Wendall Nuckols.
|Photographs by Lucien Capehart (Perry)|