|Two week ago on a Monday at Carnegie Hall, The Collegiate Chorale, led by Music Director Robert Bass, presented a Gala Benefit featuring Mendelssohn’s Elijah, starring baritone Bryn Terfel. Other soloists included soprano Hei-Kyung Hong, mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby, and tenor Eric Cutler. The evening began with a reception in the Shorin Room, followed by dinner in the Rohatyn Room and then the performance in Stern Auditiorium.
Co-Chairs for the event were Maisie and Jamie Houghton; Anna and William H. Mann; Ellen and James Marcus; Elaine and Charles Petschek.
The black-tie Gala for The Collegiate Chorale supports its New York Season and education programs for New York City schools.
|Robert Bass, Music Director
Robert Bass, Music Director of The Collegiate Chorale since 1980, has established himself as a significant force in the musical life of New York. This past summer, The Chorale performed for the third consecutive season at the Verbier Music Festival (Verbier, Switzerland. In July 2008, Mr. Bass will travel to Israel with The Chorale, where he will conduct a performance at the Tel Aviv Museum, before the ensemble begins its tour with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Bass made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut at the age of 26, and has since presented several operas at Carnegie Hall, including the New York premieres of Richard Strauss’s Friedenstag, Schubert’s Fierrabras, Respighi’s La fiamma, and the American premiere of Dvořák’s Dmitri, as well as Verdi’s Nabucco, Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc), Macbeth, La forza del destino, Un ballo in maschera, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Puccini’s Le Villi and Turandot, Act III featuring the NY premiere of the Luciano Berio ending.
|Last Wednesday night over at Pier Sixty, Safe Horizon, along with Presenting Sponsor, North Fork Bank, hosted safe: in our own words to raise both awareness of our issues and critically needed funds to support Safe Horizon’s mission.
Guests joined in to explore the meaning of “safe”. To the organization, “safe” is defined as empowering victims to live a life free from violence and full of possibilities. To those among us who with the daily, even the moment-to-moment threat of domestic violence and abuse, “safe” is a word that is often inconceivable or at least associated with terror.
For the Pier Sixty event, safe: in our own words asked renowned artists, performers, and designers to use their craft to express how "safe" looks, feels, sounds, smells, and even tastes.
|The evening kicked off with cocktails and an exhibition of original works of art, fashion, and interior design. It continued with a "safe" dinner and program featuring music, dance, fashion, comedy and film. The night concluded with the "safe After Party" hosted by Henri Bendel and Safe Horizon's Junior Council. Whether moved by our work, our celebrity supporters or our clients, our featured artists entertained, educated, and inspired.
The evening was hosted by Tim Gunn, Chief Creative Officer of Liz Claiborne Inc., host of Bravo TV's Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style and fashion mentor on Project Runway, Season 4; Stephanie March, Actress and Safe Horizon Board member; Veronica Webb, Co-host of Bravo TV's Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, author and model. The safe Dinner Menu was inspired by Rocco DiSpirito.
| The Bruce Circle of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, along with the directors of Sotheby’s Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art Departments, hosted an evening of cocktails, dinner and a private viewing of Sotheby’s sale of Impressionist and Modern Art.
Among those attending were Bruce Museum Director Peter Sutton and wife Bugg Sutton, Chappy and Melissa Morris, Dr. Dino Rivera, Jim and Nancy Barton, Tom and Connie Clephane, Jean Doyen de Montaillou and Michael Kovner, Homer and Coverly Rees, Carl and Sabrina Forsythe, York and Fred Baker, Ellen and John Reid, as well as Sotheby’s Bill Ruprecht, Stephane Connery, David Norman, Emmanuel di Donna, Debra Kolman, Rena Neville, and Michael Moore.
Also attending: The Bruce’s Senior Curator Nancy Hall-Duncan, Reneé and Bob Hack, Laura Heery Prozes, Richard Larkin, Sue Weinberg, Bill Gedale, Diane Darst, Leora and Steve Levy, Katie Brown, Pamela and Robert Goergen, Virginia and Juan Meyer, Louise and Gerald Puschel, Susan and Peter Hut, Rick Kolman, Nina Del Rio, George Case, Mary Bell, Larry and Anna Simon, Myrna Haft, and Anita Harley.
|The main attraction for this crowd was, of course, the 76 works of art on display. The lots were auctioned off a few days later for $270 million. The highlights included paintings by Schiele, Pissarro, Signac, Monet, Picasso, Chagall, Ernst and Dali. There was Vincent van Gogh’s “The Fields,” about which, David Norman (Sotheby’s Executive Vice President, Co-Chairman, Impressionist & Modern Art Worldwide) explained: “This was his last painting, completed in 1890, 2 weeks before his shot himself in the chest in that very wheat field. Although mortally wounded, Vincent got back to his room. His landlady called his brother Theo who came down from Paris. The painting hung over the artist’s bed. The brothers sat in the room for a day and a half before Vincent expired.”
Norman also told a story about Paul Gauguin’s “Te Poipoi,” which was hung across the room. “Painted in 1892, it was one of the first paintings Gauguin did in Tahiti. It captures the morning rituals of the women who are wearing sarongs with fabrics woven in Europe -a mixture of European and Tahitian symbols. Gauguin sold it in Paris in 1895 to raise more money for supplies before he returned to Tahiti. (“Te Poipoi” sold for $39,241,000 to Joseph Lau of Hong Kong.)
The 99-year-old Greenwich museum’s CEO Peter Sutton, talked about the level of art appreciation in that fair city: “One of the remarkable resources of Greenwich and its environs is the quality and depth of its private art collections, which has inspired our museum’s current exhibition: “Contemporary and Cutting Edge: Pleasures of Collecting Part III.”
|Last week Wednesday night at PM Lounge, the Young Professionals gathered to support the Jeffrey Modell Foundation. The Foundation was established by Vicki and Fred Modell in memory of their son Jeffrey, who died at the age of 15 of a Primary Immunodeficiency (PI). The Foundation is dedicated to early and precise diagnosis, meaningful treatments, and ultimately cures of PIs.
Their focus is commitment to clinical and basic research in order to better understand and treat PI; to serve as a national and international source for the dissemination of information and education into the diagnosis and treatment of genetic immunodeficiencies; to serve as an advocate on behalf of patients and families to assure their access to excellent and comprehensive care; and to promote public awareness of the PI diseases through programs.
|Paula Scher’s new exhibition of recent paintings opened last month, at the Maya Stendahl Gallery. Ms. Scher who was recently featured in the NYSD HOUSE series presented her latest paintings from her highly acclaimed Maps series.
The event culminated a series of recent acknowledgements bestowed upon Paula Scher from the graphic design and art world alike. Besides her interview on NYSD, her provocative views on visual cultures and politics were featured in the “Monocle” magazine and the documentary film “Helvetica.” She also played an integral role in the conception of Hewlett-Packard’s new advertising campaign, and created the brand identity for the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center in Vilnius Lithuania, which opened recently with an inaugural exhibition that continues through January of 2008.