Thursday, October 13, 2011

Variations on a theme

Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Chairman of Carnegie Hall and Gala Co-Chair Sanford I. Weill; Gala Co-Chair Joan Weill; His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States; The Honorable John R. Beyrle, Ambassador of the United States to the Russian Federation; Mariinsky Orchestra Music Director Valery Gergiev; Cellist Yo-Yo Ma; Gala Co-Chair Frederick Iseman; Gala Co-Chair Countess Yoko Nagae Ceschina; Dennis M. Nally, U.S. chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (Opening Night Gala Sponsor for eight consecutive seasons); Carnegie Hall Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson.
On October 5, 2011, Carnegie Hall opened its 2011–2012 season with a sold out gala benefit concert featuring the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Music Director Valery Gergiev in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. The all-Russian program included Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme featuring guest soloist, cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The concert continues Carnegie Hall’s 120th anniversary year celebration, launching an October focus on Tchaikovsky—the great Russian composer who made his American debut conducting Carnegie Hall’s very first opening night in 1891—with events at Carnegie Hall and throughout New York City through partnerships with several other cultural organizations.

The gala, which was attended by more than 600 guests, raised nearly $2.8 million in support of Carnegie Hall’s artistic and education programming. 
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme featuring guest soloist, cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
The Opening Night Gala event was co-chaired by Mercedes and Sid Bass, Yoko Nagae Ceschina, Frederick Iseman, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, Katherine Farley and Jerry I. Speyer / Tishman Speyer, Joan and Sanford I. Weill, and Ann Ziff. Honorary chairmen included The Honorable John R. Beyrle, Ambassador of the United States to the Russian Federation, and His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States.

For the eighth consecutive season, PwC was the Opening Night Gala sponsor. The gala included a pre-concert reception in Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room and a gala dinner at The Waldorf=Astoria’s Grand Ballroom following the concert.
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Yo-Yo and Maestro Gergiev take their bows
Following their Opening Night performance, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Maestro Gergiev returned for four additional concerts, October 6–11, which included a cycle of Tchaikovsky’s six symphonies and the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with guest soloist Daniil Trifonov, Grand Prize Winner of this summer’s XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. These concerts anchor “Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg,” the extended anniversary focus on the composer, which, in addition to music, explores his influence on the culture and artists of St. Petersburg, Russia, with additional events throughout the city. Partners for “Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg” include The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, Musica Sacra at the The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York City Ballet, New York Public Library, The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, and Sotheby’s auction house.
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Sade Baderinwa
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Chairman of Carnegie Hall Sanford and Joan Weill, Gala Co-Chairmen
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Barbara Walters and Oscar de la Renta
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Ann Ziff and David Kleinberg
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Katherine Farley and Paula Zahn
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Gala Co-Chairmen Henry and Marie Josée Kravis
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Jill Hornor, Yo-Yo Ma, Emily Ma, and Nicholas Ma
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Susan and Ed Forst
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Simone Snitovsky, Anna Netrebko, and Natalia Eskildsen
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Martina Arroyo and Wayne Brown
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Lyn Paulsin, Adrienne Vittadini, and Laura Pomerantz
Carnegie Hall also recently released its 120th Anniversary Mobile App, inviting users to visit New York City in the 1890s—the time in which Carnegie Hall was born—with a Tchaikovsky in NYC walking tour and exclusive audio and video by the Maarinsky Orchestra and Maestro Gergiev. It’s available now for iPhone at the Apple App Store, and will soon be available for all Android-enabled devices.

For more information on Carnegie Hall’s 2011—2012 season, please visit carnegiehall.org. Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg is sponsored by PwC.

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
The gala dinner at The Waldorf=Astoria’s Grand Ballroom following the concert.
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Sanford I. Weill, Ann Netrebko, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ann Ziff
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Jerry I. Speyer, Katherine Farley, and Valery Gergiev
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Jessye Norman and James Wolfensohn
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Gala Co-Chairman Countess Yoko Nagae Ceschina and Valery Gergiev
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Clive Gillinson, Yo-Yo Ma, and James Wolfensohn
Last Wednesday night at Cipriani 42nd Street, the Humane Society of the United States hosted their "To the Rescue! From Cruelty to Kindness Gala" fundraiser for the Humane Society's Animal Rescue Team. The event was hosted by Will Estes with a committee co-chaired by Amanda Hearst, Georgina Bloomberg and Annie Churchill.
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
DPC's beloved and adored Mr. Byrone, a gift from the Humane Society
They honored Jill Rappaport (with the award presented by Matt Lauer) and Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey. We love the Humane Society over at DPC's house where one of our residents is the beloved and adored Mr. Byrone.
Matt Lauer, Jill Rappaport
Matt Lauer and Jill Rappaport
Adam Parascandola, Frances Hayward
Adam Parascandola and Frances Hayward
Lisa Rowland, Peter Max
Lisa Rowland and Peter Max
Sabrina Kleier, Michelle Kleier, Samantha Kleier
Sabrina, Michelle, and Samantha Kleier
Joan Lunden, Jill Rappaport
Joan Lunden and Jill Rappaport
Amanda Hearst, Annie Churchill, Georgina Bloomberg
Amanda Hearst, Annie Churchill, and Georgina Bloomberg
Carmen Tal, Antonio Corral-Calero
Carmen Tal and Antonio Corral-Calero
Jessica Perez
Jessica Perez
Georgina Bloomberg, Justin Dalles
Georgina Bloomberg and Justin Dalles
 
Mike Markarian
Mike Markarian
Wendy Diamond, Frances Hayward
Wendy Diamond and Frances Hayward
Will Estes
Will Estes
Sarah Krauss, Joan Lunden, Jamie Krauss
Sarah Krauss, Joan Lunden, and Jamie Krauss
Lorenzo Borghese, Emily Charette
Lorenzo Borghese and Emily Charette
Wayne Pacelle
Wayne Pacelle
Wayne Pacelle, Mayor Corey Booker
Wayne Pacelle and Mayor Corey Booker
Tai Burnette
Tai Burnette
Edwina Sandys, the famous artist grandaughter of Winston Churchill, launched her exciting retrospective book, Edwina Sandys ART, with a party at her studio Loft in Soho, New York, on Wednesday night October 5th. The art world turned out to applaud her and the book written by Caroline Seebohm, about her extraordinary colorful Matisse-like prints, monumental sculptures, with photographs of her childhood in England, taken with her parents Duncan Sandys and Lady Diana Churchill and grandparents Sir Winston and Lady Clementine Churchill.

Harry Benson, happy to see the book, remarked that Edwina's art is a remarkable achievement. Christo, the artist, on hand for the party, praised Edwina's Matisse-like color prints and unique monumental sculptures. "The only person ever to make a bronze sculpture of a female Christ, Christa, Edwina is daring and her sculptures imaginative," says Christo.
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Arlene Dahl and Edwina Sandys
Edwina has created large sculptures for three UN Centers around the world, and used sections of the Berlin Wall for a 32 foot long piece "Breakthrough," installed at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri where Churchill gave his historic Iron Curtain speech.

Guests of Edwina and architect husband Richard Kaplan at the Wednesday night cocktail party in Manhattan included actress Arlene Dahl, Marc Rosen, Christine Ebersol, Richard Meier, Harry Benson, Christo, Ashton Hawkins, Marsia Holzer, Mary McFadden, Sacha Newley, Ava Roosevelt, Agapi Stassinopoulos, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Massimo Vignelli, Rafael Vinoly and Lucas Parker Bowles.
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Christo, Richard Meier, and Edwina Sandys
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Carmen Delacallade
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Edwina with Harry Benson
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Anthony Haden-Guest and Marsia Holzer in Dowry scarf
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Edwina with Barbara Taylor Bradford
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Edwina with Ashton Hawkin
Hearing Health Foundation (formerly Deafness Research Foundation) hosted its annual fundraising reception, Celebrating the Senses, on Monday, October 3, in the Library Reading Room at the New York Academy of Medicine. This exclusive event brought together 250 New Yorkers for an evening of culinary delights, live entertainment, and a silent auction with one-of-a-kind items and experiences.

This year’s reception featured a live performance by SRC/Universal Republic recording artist Shontelle and the premiere of a multimedia art installation by composer and artist Jay Alan Zimmerman, whose work utilizes rhythmic video projections, visual music, and synesthesia to truly celebrate the senses. Hearing Health Foundation has long been at the forefront of trailblazing initiatives in the hearing sciences.
Dr. Stefan Heller (R) addresses the audience
Dr. Stefan Heller addresses the audience
Dr. Stefan Heller (R) addresses the audience
The Celebrating the Senses reception followed the Summit 2011: The Promise of Cell Regeneration, a consumer focused conference, which is free of charge, open to the public and brings together the world’s leaders in the field of cell regeneration research in the ear to discuss current research and potential therapies to restore hearing.

Proceeds from the reception will benefit the Hearing Health Foundation in its mission to attain a cure for hearing loss through quality research, education, and advocacy.
Alex Nolan, Michael Nolan, Shari Eberts and Ken Eberts
Alex and Michael Nolan, and Shari and Ken Eberts
Dr. Andy Groves, Executive Director of the Hearing Health Foundation Andrea Boidman, actor Richard Kind and Dr. Stefan Heller
Dr. Andy Groves, Executive Director of the Hearing Health Foundation Andrea Boidman, actor Richard Kind, and Dr. Stefan Heller
Actor Richard Kind, Lisa Zimmerman, singer Shontelle and artist/musician Jay Alan Zimmerman
Actor Richard Kind, Lisa Zimmerman, singer Shontelle, and artist/musician Jay Alan Zimmerman
Dr. Judy Dubno, Roger Harris and Dan Patterson
Dr. Judy Dubno, Roger Harris, and Dan Patterson
Actor Richard Kind, artist/musician Jay Alan Zimmerman and singer Shontelle
Richard Kind, Jay Alan Zimmerman, and Shontelle
Shari Eberts and Executive Director of the Hearing Health Foundation Andrea Boidman
Shari Eberts and Executive Director of the Hearing Health Foundation Andrea Boidman
Mara Medoff and former professional hockey player Mike Richter
Mara Medoff and Mike Richter
Actor Richard Kind, Stephanie Kramer and Ron Kramer
Richard Kind with Stephanie and Ron Kramer
Artist/musician Jay Alan Zimmerman, Melody Seiling and Singer Shontelle
Jay Alan Zimmerman, Melody Seiling, and Shontelle
The American Museum of Natural History was the setting for the 2011 Women of Action event of the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF). Several hundred guests gathered on a balmy, September evening to pay tribute to three women who were cited for their passion, commitment and outstanding accomplishments. “A Cause for a Cure Fashion Show” featured the collections of designers Randi Rahm and Kimberly Taylor, coordinated by Richard Lowe Fashion Group.

Deborah Axelrod, MD, Director of Clinical Breast Programs and Services and Medical Director of Community Cancer Education and Outreach at NYU Clinical Cancer Center in New York City was one of the three 2011 Women of Action honorees.
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Dr. Deborah Axelrod, Dr. Suzanne Levine, and Marilyn Berger Hewitt
Marilyn Berger Hewitt, celebrated author and journalist, was cited for her important work as a reporter for both NBC and ABC News where she served as a White House correspondent for several years. Most recently, she wrote a book focused on the work of Dr. Rich Hodes who has spent his life helping children in Ethiopia. While researching the book, she met an eight year old boy, Danny, who was suffering from spinal tuberculosis and begging in the street, and she took him in as her own.

The third honoree, Dr. Susanne Levine, is a prominent , nationally recognized foot specialist and founder /owner of the prestigious Institute de Beaute, the premier podiatry clinic and medical spa in New York city. Dr. Levine remarked about the pioneering work of ICRF which has helped to develop life-saving drug therapies including Velcade, Gleevec and Doxil.
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Shoshana Ellihou, ICRF New York Director of Development, Charles Ben-Dayan, ICRF Board of Trustees, Kenneth E. Goodman, ICRF Chairman, and Louis Brause, ICRF First Vice-President
The Israel Cancer Research Fund is the single largest source of private funds for cancer research in Israel. Founded in 1975 by a group of American and Canadian researchers, oncologists and lay people, ICRF’s mission is to harness Israel’s educational resources in the fight against cancer. Since its inception, ICRF has awarded 1,863 grants totaling more than $43 million to support innovative studies by Israel scientists at all of Israel’s leading institutions.

Ariela Ben Dayan, Lisa Oved, Andrea Greene, Barbara Kasell, Jane Rabhan and Judith Sherman were the evening’s chairpersons. Sponsors included Randi Rahm, Kimberly Taylor, Metamorphosis New York, APM Model Management, Dolce Vita, Shafer Plastic Surgery, Institute Beaute, Charles Klein Design and E.L. F. Cosmetics.
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Jen Hersh, Andrea Greene, and June Hersh
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Joel Pelofsky, ICRF Treasurer, and Dr. Lisa Young
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Rachel and Sandi Rad
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Dr. Stacey Tashman, Dr. Orna Hadar, and Dr. Julie Mitnick
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Randi Rahm and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Women of Action Co-Chair Judith Sherman with Isaac Sherman
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
James Russo, Princess Kovalenko, Stacy Kovalenko, Tony Cointreau, and Kearran Ambrosino
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Joey Oved, Lisa Oved, Co-Chair of Women of Action, Michele Shamie
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Leah Susskind and  Philip Ambrosino
Barbara Harbach, Dr. Thomas Fahey, Elizabeth Savage, Bill Harbach, Eleanor Fahey
Joan Jakubovitz, Rachel Rabhan, Jane Rabhan, and Frada Nager

Photographs by Chris Lee and Julie Skarratt (Carnegie Hall); Star Black (Edwina Sandys); PatrickMcMullan.com (Humane Society); Teresa Pyskaty-Lamicella (ICRF).
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