Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dancing and prancing the night away

NYCB dancers and guests dancing the night away under the Swarovski Crystal chandelier.
Last Wednesday night at Lincoln Center, the New York City Ballet held its annual Spring Gala to celebrate the Company’s unparalleled commitment to new choreography. The one-time-only program featured the world premieres of the Ballet company’s Principal Dancer Benjamin Millepied’s Quasi Una Fantasia and Dresden SemperOper Ballet Principal Dancer Jiri Bubenicek’s Toccata. The program also included George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations.
The Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater.
DJ Samantha Ronson.
Following the performance there was a black tie dinner on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater. The chairs of the evening were Franci Blassberg and Joe Rice, Lisa Maria and Philip Falcone and Lesley Stahl and Aaron Latham.
Coco and Arie Kopelman
Dr. Susan Krysiewicz
Whitney and Clarke Murphy
Patricia Shiah
Susan Tabak
Fe Fendi
Alexandra Kerry
Charlotte Moss and Barry Friedberg
Maria Bartiromo and Liz Peek
NYCB Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan and David Michalek
Event chairwoman and NYCB Board Member Lisa Maria Falcone
NYCB Principal Dancer Ashley Bouder
Vanessa Williams
Allison Sarofim
NYCB Principal Dance Charles Askegard and Candace Bushnell
Event chairwoman and NYCB Board Member Lesley Stahl and Liz Peek
Lisa Maria and Philip Falcone
NYCB Principal Dancer Benjamin Millepied and Lisa Maria Falcone
Joanne de Guardiola, Peter Martins, and Maria Bartiromo
Dr. Susan Krysiewicz, Pamela Joyner, Alexandra Lebenthal, and Michele Herbert
Claudia Cisneros and NYCB Board Member Katie von Strasser
Joanne de Guardiola and Fe Fendi
Nina Griscom and Leonel Piraino
Event Chairwomen Franci Blassberg and Lisa Maria Falcone
Franci Blassberg, John Schumacher, and Barbara Cirkva
Designer Bibhu Mohapatra and NYCB Principal Dancer Maria Kowroski in dress of his design
NYCB Principal Dancers Ashley Bouder, Maria Kowroski, and Wendy Whelan, all dressed by Bibhu Mohapatra
NYCB Principal Dancer Janie Taylor in Monique Lhuillier
NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins and Principal Dancer Darci Kistler with Charlotte Moss and Barry Friedberg
Lisa Maria Falcone, Franci Blassberg, and Lesley Stahl, with NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins
David Monn and Ralph Rucci
Anh Duong and Hamish Bowles
Lisa Maria Falcone and NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins
Dr. Susan Krysiewicz and Jonathan Bell
The 2009 annual St. George’s Society’s English Ball honored Lionel Barber – Editor, Financial Times; Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., KBE – Retired Chairman and CEO, IBM Corp; Sir Terry Leahy – Chief Executive, TESCO and Sir John Rose – Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce, plc -- all of whom have transformed their businesses, industries and avocations.

Attending the event at The Waldorf=Astoria’s Starlight Roof were the British Consul-General, Sir Alan Collins, and Lady Collins; and British actor Jim Dale with Julie Dale. Patrons of the event included Rolls-Royce, Tesco, John and Kazie Harvey, Ceasar N. Anquillare, R. Brandon Fradd, William and Irene Miller, the British Consulate-General and the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida. George McNeely of Christie’s was the guest auctioneer of the evening. Among the guests were Paul Whelan and Geoffrey Bradfield. The ball was chaired by Vicki Downey, Olivia Fussell, Hilda Frost Neis, June Briggs and Nancy Sakas.

The evening’s highlights included presentation of medals to the four honorees and a brief Q&A led by the Society’s president, Victor Stewart, a live auction to sponsor a beneficiary or a scholar of the Society, music by the Alex Donner Orchestra and an entire evening peppered with dancing and merriment!
The Honorees: Sir John Rose, Sir Terry Leahy, Louis Gerstner, and Lionel Barber
The English Ball raises much needed funds for the charity recipients of the St. George’s Society, one of the oldest private charities in America. The event was hosted by Francis Finlay, former CEO and Co-Founder of Clay Finlay and Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President of the Sony Corporation.

Founded in 1770 by Englishmen living in New York, St. George's Society is a private, member-supported charity. It one of the city’s oldest continuously operating private charitable foundations and receives no public funding. HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO is the Society’s royal patron.

The Society assists elderly or disabled residents in the New York area of British and Commonwealth heritage. In addition, it provides scholarships to select students at City College of New York.
Hilda Frost, Natalie Pray, and Olivia Fussell
John Shannon and George McNeely
Louis Gerstner and William R. Miller
Dr. Charles Lucas, Allison WhiteVadhan, and Scott Glascock
Lionel Barber, Louis Gerstner, and Sir Howard Stringer
20 Geoffrey Bradfield and Malcolm Pray
Beverly and James Bracken
Jim Dale, MBE and Julie Dale
Ceasar Anquillare and Pamela Hartwell
June Briggs, Nancy Sakas, and Vicki Downey
June Felix and Arnold Neis
Kate and Alex Donner
Sir Alan Collins, Sir Howard Stringer, and Sir John Rose
Tom and Colleen Hills
Keisha Phipps
Amy Harloff and Dr. Wellington Tichenor
Peggy Burton with Louis and Robin Gerstner
Paul Whaelan, Margot Astrachan, and Curtis Estes
Diane Fitzsimons and Dr. Donald Briggs
Carol and Victor E. Stewart
Tekla Black and Hon. Jonathan Montagu
Sir Terry Leahy and Sir John Rose
Keith and Deborah Simpson with John Harvey
On a Tuesday evening earlier in May, there was a reception and dinner at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City in the Museum’s sculpture garden to recognize Leonard and Louise Riggio for their extraordinary promised gift to the Museum of nine Noguchi sculptures.

The reception included a performance by jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill, 2009 Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, educator, and founder and artistic director of the internationally renowned Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. He performed with bassist Ricardo Rodriguez and percussionist Roland Guerrero. 
The Museum and Sculpture Garden
Ricardo Rodriquez, Arturo O'Farrill, and Roland Guerrero performing
About 200 attended, including artists, friends of the Museum, and representatives of the cultural community, Noguchi Museum Board Chairman Samuel Sachs II; Trustees Diana and Joseph DiMenna, Christiane Fischer, Milly and Arne 
Glimcher, Andrea and David Holbrook, Eileen and Peter Jachym,  Lucy Lamphere, Mary and Richard Lanier,
and Jennifer and Malcolm  Nolen; Museum Honorary Life Trustee Priscilla Morgan; Richard Gluckman; Maya Lin and Daniel Wolf; Ellen Phelan and Joel Shapiro; Marla Prather and Jonathan Schiller; and Noguchi Museum Director Jenny Dixon and Curator Bonnie Rychlak, among others.
Jonathan Schiller, Sam Sachs, Jane Richards, Douglas Baxter, and Marla Prather
Robin Berrington, former United States cultural attaché in Tokyo, Jennifer Nolen, artist Wenda
Gu, Kathryn Scott, and Noguchi Museum Trustees Malcolm Nolen and David Holbrook
Designed by Isamu Noguchi and occupying a renovated 1927 industrial building, The Noguchi Museum exhibits a comprehensive selection of the artist’s works in all mediums, displayed in a series of indoor galleries and an internationally celebrated outdoor sculpture garden. Together, this installation and the Museum’s special exhibitions expand the context for Noguchi’s work and illuminate his influential legacy of innovation.

For additional information:
Anthony Williams and Noguchi Trustee Christiane Fischer
Louise Riggio and Al and Ginny Ferrera
Leonard Riggio and Samuel Sachs II, chairman of board, The Noguchi Museum
Michael Del Giudice and Leonard Riggio
Tom Finkelpearl, director of Queens Museum of Art, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Richard Gluckman, Tiffany Bell, and Donald Marshall
Noguchi Museum Vice Chairman Richard Lanier, Mary Lanier, Wilson Nolen, Noguchi Museum Director Jenny Dixon, and New York City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate Levin
Leonard Riggio and Don Zacharia
Artists Joel Shapiro and Martin Kline
Beth Maher, Susan Waterfall, Leonard Riggio, Noguchi Museum Trustee Lucy Lamphere, and Barbara Tober
Helen Drutt English and H. Peter Stern, chairman and co-founder of Storm King Art Center
Noguchi Trustee Diana DiMenna, Joe DiMenna, and artist Leonard Ursachi
Julio Espada and Alexander Gorlin
Jenny Dixon and Barbara Dixon
Ginny Ferrera, Jeannie Santos, Stephanie Riggio, and Al Ferrera
Granger Moorhead and Penelope Hardy
Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall and Donald Marshall
Jenny Dixon and Milly Glimcher
Arne Glimcher, Tiffany Bell, Milly Glimcher, and Richard Gluckman
Bessie Fong and Suzette Elliott
David Collens, director and curator of Storm King Art Center, and Maya Lin
Noguchi Museum Trustees David Holbrook and Jock Reynolds
Bessie Fong and Suzette Elliott
On May 11th, the Lower Eastside Service Center (LESC) held its 50th anniversary gala at Chelsea Piers. They celebrated the vital work of this service group, and it was a star studded affair.
Supermodel Heidi Albertsen headed up the gala’s honorary committee and was joined by various guests including: Ramona Singer, Countess Luann De Lesseps, Justine Simmons and Daniel “Diggy” Simmons, Jill Larson, Kathy Brier, Bret Shuford, Stephen Hanna, Arlene Dahl and Marc Rosen, Carole Holmes, Edwina Sandys and Richard Kaplan, Barbara and Donald Tober, Gideon Lewin and Joanna Mastroianni, Caryl Stern, Karen Carpenter- Palumbo, Edward Tricomi and Joel Warren.
50 years young - and nearly 1,400 New Yorkers living with substance abuse issues serviced daily. The LESC is a life affirming and inspiring story of a charity which began as a tiny store-front on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1959 and has grown in size and outreach just as the City’s population of substance abusers has grown in number and diversity.
Today, LESC offers a variety of programs, including residential and out-patient chemical dependency treatment, a pregnant women and infants program, a housing complex for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, a Chinese program on the Lower East Side.

The LESC's newest venture Bridge2Life Camp and Kids Club provides a safe harbor for children whose parents have substance abuse histories. The organization continues to grow and develop its unique approach to wellness, consistently offering “Help for Today, and Hope for Tomorrow.”
Melissa Russo of WNBC was emcee. Edward Brown, the founder of the LESC, was honored posthumously for his landmark work. Other honorees, Bruce D. Tindal, Executive VP of Bollinger, Inc. and Stanley Zareff, VP of corporate communications of Credit Suisse, were recognized for their generosity of time and spirit to the LESC. 
Barbara and Donald Tober
Heidi Albertsen, Diggy Simmons, and Justine Simmons
Richard Kaplan and Edwina Sandys
Kathy Brier, Jill Larson, Stanley Zareff, Stephen Hanna, and Bret Shuford
Melissa Russo
Caryl Stern and James LaRosa
Heidi Albertsen, Stanley Zareff, Kathy Brier, Bret Shuford, and Stephen Hanna
Arlene Dahl and Carol Holmes
Edward Tricomi and Joel Warren
Countess De Lesseps and Ramona Singer
Kathleen Histon and Ramona Singer
Edwina Sandys, Henry Buhl, and Lia Chang
Gideon Lewin and Joanna Mastroianni
Karen Carpenter-Palumbo
Heidi Albertsen and Peter Santoro
Marc Rosen and Barbara Tober
Rob Shafir and Stanley Zareff

Photographs by 2009 Sheri Low (NYC BALLET); Rob Rich/516-676-3939 (LES).

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