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Season openers

Carnegie Hall's 2012–2013 season opening night gala dinner in the Grand Ballroom at The Waldorf-Astoria.
Last Wednesday night, Carnegie Hall opened its 2012–2013 season with a sold out gala benefit concert featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Riccardo Muti performing Carl Orff’s powerful choral work Carmina Burana.

The performance also featured the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Chicago Children’s Choir with soloists, soprano Rosa Feola, countertenor Antonio Giovannini, and baritone Audun Iversen.
Maestro Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The gala, attended by more than 500 guests, raised over $2.7 million in support of Carnegie Hall's artistic and education programming A specially crafted Breguet clock was unveiled in the Morse Lobby prior to the concert. This was part of a new partnership with the historic watch company. With the start of the Hall's 2012–2013 season, Breguet is now the Exclusive Timepiece of Carnegie Hall.

The glamorous Opening Night Gala was chaired by Mercedes Bass, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar de la Renta, and Mrs. Julio Mario Santo Domingo. The evening was co-chaired by Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis; Mr. and Mrs. Peter W. May; Mr. and Mrs. Burton P. Resnick; and Ann Ziff. Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the City of Chicago, was the honorary chairman.
Baritone Audun Iversen sings Carmina Burana with Maestro Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
The gala benefited Carnegie Hall’s artistic and education programs and included a dinner at The Waldorf=Astoria’s Grand Ballroom following the concert. For the ninth consecutive season, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was the Opening Night Gala lead sponsor. Breguet was the Opening Night Gala dinner sponsor.

The concert was aired on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall in collaboration with American Public Media and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and American Public Media’s Fred Child. Concerts in the series are available for live streaming on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Gala Chairman and Trustee Oscar de la Renta and Sarah Jessica Parker
Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis
Clive Gillinson, Michael Nelson and Carnegie Hall Chairman Sanford I. Weill unveil Breguet's new lobby clock
Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton
Elaine Wolfensohn and Trustee Marilyn Horne
Gala Co-Chairmen and Trustee Peter May and Leni May with Bill Cunningham
Bruce and Suzie Kovner
Gala Co-Chairman and Trustee Ann Ziff, Tim Jessell, and Trustee Renée Fleming
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Barbara Walters, and Barry Diller
Tina Lundgren, Trustee Terry Lundgren, Sarah Jessica Parker, Trustee Robert Kraft, Ricki Lander, and Chairman Sanford I. Weill
Nazee Moinian
Bianca Jagger
Trustee Laura Pomerantz
Clive Gillinson, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, and Sanford Weill
Sasha Cohen and Tina Lundgren
Gary Parr and Maestro Alan T. Gilbert
Joan Weill, Linda Lindenbaum, Clive Gillinson, Chairman Sanford I. Weill, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Commissioner Kate D. Levin
Sylvester and Gillian Miniter
Trustee Dennis Nally and Karen Nally
Trustee Burton Resnick, Judy Resnick and guests
Trustee Judy Zankel and Geoffrey Colvin
Last Thursday, October 4, David & Lisa Klein of Leviev celebrated The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s 24th Annual Preview Party for The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show at Leviev’s Madison Avenue boutique in New York. The glamorous evening was in honor of the Preview Party Co-Chairs, Mary Davidson, Pamela Fiori, Jamee Gregory, Eleanora Kennedy and Kamie Lightburn, who were adorned with the jeweler’s extraordinary diamonds.

The 24th Annual Preview Party for The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show will take place on Thursday, October 18th at The Park Avenue Armory. A New York tradition since 1989, The Society’s Preview Party will contribute 100% of the profits towardsThe Society’s patient care, research and educations programs at MSKCC. 
Paul Raps, Mary Davidson, Gene Pearman, David Klein, and Lisa Klein
Highlights from Leviev’s collections were on full display for attendees to admire.  The sparkling evening included cocktails and hor d'oeuvres for a high-profile crowd from the fashion, arts and philanthropic spheres. 

Notable Guests Included: Bianca Jagger, Adrienne and GiGi Vittadini, Dr. Annette Rickel, Mary Davidson, Pamela Fiori, Kamie Lightburn, Eleanora & Michael Kennedy, Allison Aston, Lisa and David Klein, Courtney Arnot, Geoffrey Bradfield, Lilliana Cavendish, Barbara Dixon, Catherine Durgin, Elizabeth Kurpis, Heather Leeds, Chloe Malle, Grace Meigher, Claudia Overstrom, Anna Safir, Maria Villalba and many more.
Lisa Klein and Brooke Milstein
Mary Davidson and Melanie Holland
Livinia Snyder, Anna Safir, Michael Kennedy, and Catherine Carey
Eleanora Kennedy, Ghighi Vittadini, and Adrienne Vittadini
Dr. Annette Rickel and Anne Shelly Clarke
Dr. Annette Rickel, Lindsey Pryor, and Robyn Joseph
Grace Meigher and Mary Davidson
Allison Aston, Kamie Lightburn, and Lisa Klein
Courtney Arnot, Claudia Overstrom, and Maria Villalba
Yann Barin and Chloe Malle
David and Lisa Klein
Ghighi Vittadini, Pamela Fiori, and Michael Kennedy
Athena Liu and Elizabeth Kurpis
Eleanora Kennedy and Kate Pickett
John Yunis, Wendy Sarasohn, Kamie and Richard Lightburn
Bianca Jagger and Anna Safir
Robyn Kurgeman and Paul Raps
Dr. Annette Rickel, Peter Pennoyer, and Jeannie Conway
Sallie Giorbano and Susan Calhoun
Lilliana Cavendish and Geoffrey Bradfield
The TEAK Fellowship, New York City’s leading education access and college success program, recently held a successful Bowling Bash fundraiser at Lucky Strike Lanes, honoringGoldman Sachs Gives, Harry Packman of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, and Frank Famiglietti of ESI Design.

The event brought together friends of TEAK, business and philanthropy leaders, and TEAK Alumni to celebrate TEAK’s fourteenth year of helping New York’s brightest students gain admission to elite high schools and colleges across America.  TEAK is proud to have raised nearly $600,000 to continue providing the highest quality academic and professional development programming to talented low-income NYC students.
Gillian Segal, Justine Stamen Arrillaga, Stacey Reiss, Amy Waldman, and JJ Ramberg
Tim Cook, Brian Greeley, Tanzeen Syed, Aaron Goldman, Jonathan Gurwitz, and Dale Yates Berg
Robert Reeder and Chris Lanning with TEAK Fellows
Randy Winn, Harry Packman
Randy Winn and Harry Packman
Stephanie Menezes and Justine Stamen Arrillaga
Ben Fooshee, David Niles, Russell Boggess, Shaker Kayatt, and Lloyd Byrne
John Dunchick, Bill Okun, Jason Redlus, and Randy Winn
Julie Green, Sara Snell, Connor Fusselman, and Kyle Davis
Frank Famiglietti, Anne Brennan, and Harry Packman
Lynn Sorensen, Henry McVey, and Anne Brennan
Colleen Foster, Simon Park, and Anne Brennan
Henry McVey and John Britton
Justine Stamen Arrillaga, Marco Tablada, and Alyssa Tablada
Liz Hilpman with TEAK Alumna Cheryl Morris
Robert S. Kaplan, and Gillian Segal
Matthew Abbott, Brian Lavin, and D. Gordon Cruess
Eric Sobotka and Karan Ahooja
TEAK Alumni Tarun Dani and Jia Ying Mei
The Holiday House Kick Off Party was held on October 3rd at the empty limestone Blavatnik mansion on East 63rd Street, hosted by Leonard Lauder and TV host Thom Filicia, and featured a special salon style exhibit of Evelyn Lauder’s photography in the foyer designed by Paula+Martha.

The 2012 Holiday House Showhouse will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, founded by Evelyn Lauder. Leonard Lauder is the Honorary Chairman. Holiday House Founder Iris Dankner and Christopher Hyland are serving as Chairmen. Alexa Hampton and Charlotte Moss are serving as Design Chairmen. Steve Bastone, Beth BrennerThom Filicia, Sarah Gore and Ann Maine are serving as Vice Chairmen.
Iris Dankner and friends
A dedicated photographer, Evelyn Lauder’s stunning photographs were taken over many years in the course of her extensive travels. She focused her camera on views of nature, both grand and minute with an exquisite eye for detail. Starting in 2005, she turned her lens onto her collection of antique lady head vases, using shadows and light to draw attention to the exaggerated drama and beauty of these tiny collectables.

In keeping with Mrs. Lauder’s belief in the healing power of beauty, all proceeds from the sale of her photographs will continue to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation continues to be a leader in the fight against breast cancer. Acting Chairman of BCRF Leonard Lauder is thrilled that Holiday House is dedicated to BCRF this year. “My wife, Evelyn, with her wonderful eye for beauty, would have been delighted by this event. We look forward to a very successful show house which will fuel BCRF’s ability to continue to fund the most promising research around the world.”
Beth Brenner,Kinga Lampert,Thom Filicia, and Myra Biblowit
Iris Dankner, a breast cancer survivor, founded Holiday House Showhouse five years ago, ingeniously combining her passion for interior design with her goal to raise money to eradicate cancer. Hyland believes "Iris is a visionary, a tenacious New York treasure, committed to continuing Evelyn Lauder's legacy through the Holiday House."

The Opening Night Preview Party will be held on October 24. The Holiday House will be open to the public between October 25 and November 18 at the eight bay Blavatnik Mansion at 2 East 63rd Street.
Danielle Dankner, Iris Dankner, and Jay Dankner
The Honorary Design Chairmen include Robert Couturier, Steve Bastone, Jamie Drake, Victoria Hagan, Alexa Hampton, Charlotte Moss, Mario Buatta, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, and Bunny Williams. For the complete list of Design Chairmen please click here

The Holiday House has gathered an extraordinary cross-section of design talent to both promote a vital industry and to raise funds to combat the scourge of breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, in tandem with the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, are outstanding legacies that Evelyn Lauder created.
Judy and Larry Schlager
Joyce Romanoff
Jane Schwartz
Joan Dineen, Deborah Bowden, and Susanne Eason
Brett Beldock
Aslahan Sabanci
Tricia Salerno, Stephanie Hamburger, and Katherine Minster
Roric Tobin, Iris Dankner, and Geoffrey Bradfield
Jaime Jimenez
Richard Mishaan
Christina Juarez and Thom Filicia
Harry Heissman and Susanna Salk
David Klein and Myra Biblowit
Jane Pontarelli and Mary Bryant McCourt
Donna Stearns and Alicia Daniels
Stephen Javares and Meagan Kennally
Leonard Lauren and Ally Coulter
Charles Pavarini III and Inson Dubois Wood
Gail Hilson and Anne Sitrick
Iris Dankner and Christopher Hyland
Jeanne Sorensen Siegel, Marilyn Sorenson, and Ms. Flom
Adam El Hout, Harry Daniell, and Pierre Berardo
Alexa Hampton and Ellie Cullman
Jennifer Skoda,Tori Mellott, and Don Schermerhorn
Photographs by Julie Skarratt & Chris Lee (Carnegie Hall); Frank Rocco/www.AnnieWatt.com(Holiday House); Sylvain Gaboury /PatrickMcMullan.com (Leviev).




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