Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Music to our ears

The dinner scene at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Spring Gala 2007.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center held its Spring Gala 2007, honoring Itzhak Perlman at the University Club last Wednesday with a cocktail reception, a performance, followed by a dinner. Barbara and Harry Kamen were Chairs. Vice Chairs were Salvador and Christina Lang Assael, James and Melissa O’Shaughnessy, Mary and Howdy Phipps, and Daniel and Joanna Rose.

Performing with Mr. Perlman that night were graduates of the Perlman Music Program which trains young string players and members of the Chamber Music Society Two, the nation’s foremost professional residency for chamber musicians. Erin Keefe and Arnaud Sussmann on the violin, Beth Guterman and Jessica Oudin on the viola, and Jacqueline Choi and Andrew Janss on the cello, playing the music of Dvorak and Brahms.
Itzhak Perlman with Chamber Musicians
Guests included: Barrett and Peter Frelinghuysen, Charles and Carol Hamilton, Marnie and Don Pillsbury, Herbert and Judith Schlosser, Lise Scott and D. Ronald Daniel, Andrea Walton de Vogel, Bob and Barbara Erskine, Helmut N. Friedlaender, Mary and Paul Lambert, Mr. and Mrs. William M. Lese, Annette Urso Rickel, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher C. Warren, Elizabeth de Cuevas, Jerry Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, Donald Schnabel and XiaoWei Sun, Artistic Director Wu Han, Robin Duke, Horace Havemeyer III, Marlene Hess, Bill  and Melinda vanden Heuvel, Will Tully, James Zirin, and more.
Marie Nash
Barbara and Robert Erskine
Nancy LaSalle
Todd Leavitt, Rich Miller, and Peter Sichel
Wu Han with Harry and Barbara Kamen
Christine and Chris Warren
Daniel and Joanna Rose
Herbert Schlosser and Ann Maria Kellen
Artistic Director of CMS Wu Han with Honoree Itzhak Perlman
Hillary and Cynthia Miller, Lucy Langley, Cindy and Darren Baird, and Missy and Jim O’Shaughnessy
Ambassador and Mrs. Hjertonsson with Christina Lang Assael
Richard Roth, Marit Gruson, and Andrea de Vogel
Linda Hoffman and Dr. Annette Rickel
Karen Karlsrud and Ray Mikulich
Mary and Howdy Phipps
Executive Director of CMS Norma Hurlburt with Chuck and Carol Hamilton
Linda Hoffman, Annette Rickel, Jim O'Shaughnessy, and Peter Frelinghuysen
Mary Phipps and Caroline Perkin
Phil McCarthy and Susan Zises Green
Paul and Mary Lambert

Last Wednesday at the Metropolitan Club in New York, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) held its 2007 New York Gala. The legendary Dave Brubeck was presented with the LSO’s second annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

The evening began with a champagne reception, followed by a historical recital at featuring legendary jazz artists Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Lane and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet as well as an unexpected performance with Dave Brubeck. 

The recital began with Principal LSO Violinist and LSO Chairmen Lennox MacKenzie who played a solo piece for violin called Bouree written by Dave Brubeck. This was followed by an amazing performance by the Brubeck Institute Quintet. (The Brubeck Institute was established by the University of the Pacific in 2000 to honor its distinguished alumni Dave and Iola Brubeck.) 

The artists were then joined by Dankworth and Lane, who captivated the guests with their brilliant music.  After this, a much moved Dave Brubeck came onto the stage to accept his Lifetime Achievement Award, he stated "I'm not ill - just injured - don't worry about me" at which point Sir John played a few bars as Dave sat down at the piano and surprised the audience with an unforgettable show. 

Exquisite flowers, including blooming peonies, were arranged by Jose Camargo, (Audrey Gruss’s protégé) which graced the Metropolitan Club's exquisite main dining room where guests dined to complete this spectacular evening.

International Benefactor Chairmen Mrs. Roderick C. Gow (April) and Mrs. Martin D. Gruss (Audrey) are joined by Gala Chairmen Mrs. Ridgely W. Harrison (Mai), Mrs. John S. Hilson (Gail) and Mrs. Alberto C. Mariaca (Annabelle).
Cece and Lee Black
Barbara Winston
Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini
Corporate Chairmen for this year’s event were Roderick C. Gow of Gow & Partners, Sir Howard Stringer of Sony and Martin Sullivan of American International Group. 

Honorary Committee members include Tony Bennett, Valery Gergiev, Wynton Marsalis, Sir George Shearing and Sir Colin Davis

Benefit Committee members include Cece and Lee Black, Sir Alan and Lady Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Roberto de Guardiola, Anne Sutherland Fuchs, Amanda H. Haynes-Dale, Margo Langenberg, Sir David and Lady Manning, Sir Emyr and Lady Jones Parry, Paola and Arnold Rosenshein, Anna and Ernest, Steiner, Elizabeth F. Stribling and Guy Robinson, Barbara and Donald Tober, Mr. and Mrs. Gianluigi Vittadini (Adrienne) and Victoria and Frank Wyman. Junior Chairmen Mr. John Churchill, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Garnett.  Guests included Mr. Mario Buatta, Rodman Drake and Jackie Weld, Anne Eisenhower, Sir Clive Gillinson, Sondra Gilman and  Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Christopher Mason, Prince Michel of Yugoslavia.

Since 2000 the London Symphony Orchestra has held an annual event in New York honoring musical greats such as Mstislav Rostropovich and Pierre Boulez.  Last year, the LSO inaugurated its Lifetime Achievement Award by presenting it to Sir Colin Davis, who has been principal conductor of the LSO since 1995 and who is now President of the Orchestra.

For over a century, the London Symphony Orchestra has been a pioneer in the musical world, with a history full of “firsts.” Now, in the 21st century, it is seen as a model for modern orchestras, with its passionate commitment to quality, innovation and education in its work within and outside the concert hall.  The LSO American Foundation’s mission is to strengthen its connections with the USA, including its New York residency and the related education and community program.  The full Orchestra will return to New York in October 2007 to perform a series at Lincoln Center with Sir Colin Davis as part of his 80th birthday celebrations.
Anne Sutherland Fuchs and Richard Ziegelasch
Barbara and Donald Tober
Alberto and Annabelle Mariaca
Amanda Haynes- Dayle
Victoria Wyman
Dave Brubeck
April Gow
Joanne de Guardiola
Audrey Gruss
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Brubeck
Roddy Gow with Martin and Antoinette Sullivan
Leslie and Andrew Heaney
Gail Hilson
Cleo Lane
Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson with Barbara and Donald Tober
Dave Brubeck receiving his award

At the end of last month, thirty-seven of New York City’s top chefs gathered at Pier Sixty for the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) annual benefit, which raised $675,000. C-CAP founder Richard Grausman, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Zabar’s Stanley Zabar, Zagat Survey® founder Tim Zagat and celebrity chef Marcus Sameulsson lead the festivities along with The Today Show’s Al Roker.

This year, C-CAP honored Lidia Bastianich on her birthday for her outstanding contributions as a chef, cookbook author, restaurant owner and philanthropist. Lidia Bastianich received the C-CAP Honors Award, which was previously given to Thomas Keller, Charlie Palmer, Danny Meyer and Michael Romano, Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pepin, Egidiana and Sirio Maccioni, Nina and Tim Zagat, and Saul and Stanley Zabar.

C-CAP founder Richard Grausman and Lidia Bastianich
Al Roker and Deborah Grausman with Metropolitan Opera performers

Harriette Rose Katz Events/Gourmet Advisory Services orchestrated the event at Pier Sixty where nearly 800 people gathered for the tasting provided by chefs Andrew Carmellini of A Voce, Alison Awerbuch of Abigail Kirsch, Marcus Samuelsson and Johan Svensson of Aquavit, Rachel Lansang of Aureole, Waldy Malouf of Beacon, William Gallagher of Becco, Eric Woods of Blue Fin, Michael Schulson of Buddakan, Joseph Paulino of Café de Artistes, John Fraser of Compass, Doug Psaltis of Country, Karen DeMasco of Craft, Dominique Ansel and Daniel Boulud of Daniel, Mark Ladner of Del Posto, David Pasternack of Esca, Fortunato Nicotra of Felidia, Christian Fantoni of Fiamma Osteria, Christopher Lee of Gilt, Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar and Grill, Marc Murphy and Frank Proto of Landmarc, Marc Aumont of The Modern, Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto, Matt Hoyle of Nobu 57, Ben Pollinger of Oceana, Alfred Stephens of Olives, Richard Sandoval of Pampano & Maya, Bill Peet of Patroon, Philippe Bertineau of Payard Patisserie & Bistro, Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York, Jimmy Lappalainen of Riingo, Odette Fada of San Domenico NY, Patricia Yeo of Sapa, Sarabeth Levine of Sarabeth’s, Michael Tong of Shun Lee Palace, Larissa Raphael of Telepan, John Johnson of Town and Carmen Quagliata at Union Square Cafe.

Guests were dazzled by the cuisine and bid on remarkable silent auction items like luxurious vacations, exclusive dinner reservations, autographed cookbook sets and in-your-own-home dinner parties prepared by some of the evening’s participating chefs. C-CAP has been providing culinary equipment and education, as well as scholarships totaling over $18 million, to underserved high school students across the United States since 1990 (www.ccapinc.org).
Tim Zagat, Lidia Bastianich, and Daniel Boulud
Lidia Bastianich and Harriette Rose Katz (photo: © Manhattan Society.com)
Chef Carmen Quagliata and C-CAP student
Joyce Appelman, Deborah Van Der Heyden, Scott Panzer, and Barry Appelman
Chef Michael Lomonaco
Lidia Bastianich's birthday cake from Sarabeth's
Chef Marcus Samuelsson and C-CAP founder Richard Grausman
Chef Zlatko Gueorgiez, Chef and C-CAP grad Kelvin Fernandez, and Chef Joseph Paulino
C-CAP students
Gift bags by Zabar's and Zagat Survey

Photographs by Gregory Partanio (Chamer Music); ©Elisabeth Robert Photography (C-CAP).