|Last Wednesday night, the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) held its annual Opening Night Fall Gala benefit last night at the David H. Koch Theater, hosting more than 700 patrons, sponsors, supporters, friends, alumni and members of the Board of Trustees.
ABT’s second season at Lincoln Center marks the beginning of the company’s 75th Anniversary Celebration. The gala raised $1.4 million and a portion of the proceeds will support ABT’s education and community outreach programs.
The evening featured a rousing performance by the extraordinary students of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School with a pièce d’occasion choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and set to Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saëns.
|The evening also served up the World Premiere of Liam Scarlett’s With a Chance of Rain, Scarlett’s first work created for ABT, led by Hee Seo, Misty Copeland, Gemma Bond, Devon Teuscher, Marcelo Gomes, James Whiteside, Joseph Gorak and Sterling Baca. The ballet features costumes by Scarlett and lighting by Brad Fields. The gala performance concluded with Christopher Wheeldon’s Thirteen Diversions, led by Sarah Lane, Craig Salstein, Isabella Boylston, Cory Stearns, Gillian Murphy, Thomas Forster, Christine Shevchenko and Blaine Hoven.|
|The co-chairs for the gala were Emily Blavatnik, Sutton Stracke, and Caryn Zucker. The dinner, held on the theater’s upper level Promenade, continued the theme of the spectacular celebratory evening by designer DeJuan Stroud reflecting the festive and energetic rhythm of the evening’s world premiere of With a Chance Of Rain. When he heard that Mr. Scarlett’s work was being premiered, he recalled thinking of the Promenade decor with scarlet – crimson- red. There are no other colors that create such beauty, drama and maximum impact,.”
Guests had the perfect party favors in the spirit of Scarlett's new work with decorative face masks provided by LANVIN, a specialty “Scarlett Crush” cocktail, and delicious macaroons in red, white, blue and gem candies for dessert presented by PIAGET. Guests went home with gift bags from CLINIQUE. The evening was also sponsored by Clinique, Lanvin, and Piaget.
|This past Tuesday night in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria, the Alzheimer’s Association® Rita Hayworth Gala was held, raising more than $1.6 million for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Founder and Gala Chair, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, was joined by her Gala Co-Chair Nicole Sexton, honorees Louise and Stephen Kornfeld and family as well as Mark Locks. Additional guests included Brooke Shields, Patty and John McEnroe, Deborah Norville, Hilary and Bryant Gumbel, Tommy Hilfiger, Brendan Shanahan, Regis Philbin, and Lisa Rinna.
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Rita Hayworth Gala, which Princess Aga Khan established in honor of her mother, legendary actress Rita Hayworth, who lived with Alzheimer’s for many years before succumbing to the disease in 1987. Since the inaugural Rita Hayworth Gala in New York more than three decades ago, the New York and Chicago events have raised more than $65 million to support Alzheimer’s Association’s critical care and research programs.
|Perfectly fitting the theme of the evening, which celebrated a ‘timeless Hollywood icon’, guests enjoyed performances by Ronnie Spector and Lesley Gore. They were also treated to a preview clip of the upcoming film ‘Still Alice’, starring Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart, which beautifully tells the story of a Columbia University linguistics professor who receives a devastating diagnosis of Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease and finds her family bonds thoroughly tested.
Throughout the Gala, guests were able to bid on many luxurious auction items, generously donated by long-term supporters of the cause, including a unique Dennis Basso fur and a three-course dining experience in your home with Chef Eric Ripert of the three Michelin Star restaurant, Le Bernardin.
|Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Gala Co-Chair Nicole Sexton, and the Alzheimer’s Association honored the Kornfeld Family with the Family Philanthropy Award, for their significant commitment to the cause, along with Mark Locks who received the Champion Award, which recognizes individuals for their support and dedication in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
Additional guests in attendance included Alzheimer’s Association’s President and CEO Harry Johns and Chief Strategy Officer Angela Geiger, and Gala Steering Committee members Muffie Potter Aston; Sharon Bush; Margo Catsimatidis; Liliana Cavendish; Chele Upton Chiavacci; Somers Farkas; Nurit Kahane Haase; Michele Herbert; Susan Hess; Robin Meltzer and Daryl Simon with Young Leadership Committee members Lizzie Meltzer; Shera Kaan-Lilly and Noah Samuels.
|Last Tuesday, October 21st, the American Museum of Natural History hosted its 21st annual Family Party for one thousand children and parents participating in an evening of adventure throughout the museum.
The Party is one of the museum’s best-loved annual traditions – a special opportunity for children and adults of all ages to experience the wonders of the museum. Some of the highlights included: the popular Museum Science Center which showcases museum scientists and their ongoing work through hands-on activities, live animals, extreme specimens, and scientific data.
|This year they featured a 25-foot giant squid. Then there was Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island tortoise which has been preserved for future generations and is on a display for a limited time before being returned to Ecuador. Also there was “Digging for gems” in the Tiffany & Company Gem Dig; plus exciting animals from LEO Zoological Conservation Center. Also: “Haircuts by Cozy’s Cuts for Kids (you had to be there); a chance to meet “Buddy” from the Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaur Train; and The Glow Zone: Wild Weather, where kids danced up a storm between claps of thunder and bolts of lightning ... A good time was had by all!|
|On Sunday evening, October 12, arriving guests at Chelsea’s Del Posto passed through the palatial entrance and embark on a magical tour of the senses – courtesy of The Awakened Palate, Copland House’s sold-out culinary and musical gala. Amid the splendor of the dining room, beloved chef Lidia Bastianich and Copland House 2006 Resident Composer Daniel Brewbaker collaborated on an unforgettable journey through the seasons, tastes, and sounds of Italy, to benefit the award-winning creative center for American music based at iconic composer Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home near New York City.|
|Chef Bastianich devised a 4-course menu featuring characteristic regional fare ranging from “Autumn in Piemonte” (Salad with NOTES of white truffle, apple, and potato, paired with Vietti roero Arneis 2013 [Piemonte]) and “Winter in Emilia-Romagna“ (Agnolotti dal Plin with a HARMONY of Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale, paired with San Patrignano “Avi” 2008 [Emilia-Romagna]) through “Spring in Friuli” (where the chef grew up – tender short rib and RHAPSODY of Swiss chard goulash, served with Bastianich “Vespa rosso” 2011 [Friuli]) to “Sumer in Sicily” (preserved summer fruits in CONCERT with sheep’s milk ricotta and almond macaroon shard, paired with hauner Malvasia delle lipari 2011 [Sicilia]).
|Brewbaker was commissioned to compose a brand new work for the occasion, with each section pairing with and introducing the successive courses. His composition set to music various diary entries, poems, and prose by Gioachino Rossini, Lord Byron, Alessandro Procacci, Salvatore Quasimodo, Renzo Pezzani, and Teofilo Folengo. The new work, Cantata Stagionale (“Seasonal Cantata”) was spectacularly premiered by the internationally-acclaimed Music from Copland House ensemble, featuring baritone James Martin violinist Ariana Kim, clarinetist Derek Bermel, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, flutist Susan Palma Nidel, and pianist and Copland House’s Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin.
For nine years, these annual galas have linked renowned chefs (in their restaurants) with America’s leading composers and performers, to support Copland House’s coveted composer residency programs, live and recorded performances around the U.S., and educational activities.
|Guests included Gala Co-Chairs Susan Geffen and Ann Scheuer, Guests of Honor Carol and Robert Morris, Jamie Bernstein (daughter of the legendary composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein), art lecturer and author Rosamond Bernier, bandleader Paul Shaffer and his wife Catherine, Jeffrey Stock (composer or the hit new musical A Room with a View), Rita Z. Mehos, Caron and Geoffrey Johnson, Anthony Maddalena, Robert and Christina Weisz, Helen and James Neuberger, Copland House Trustee and Phelps Hospital Vice President Lawrence Faltz and wife Elyse, and Ruth and David Schwab II, among many others. A silent auction featured included one-of-a-kind jewelry, private museum tours, golf and boat outings, in-home concerts, and more.|
Mini Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes; Mediterranean Style Chicken Souvlaki; Florentine Quiche Tarts; All Beef Pigs in Blanket; Grilled Shrimp / Coconut-Mango Glaze; Sicilian Aranicini / Garlic Aioli;
Smoked Salmon Tartar on Blini with Paddlefish Caviar & Crème Fraiche; Endive Filled With Truffled Goat Cheese; Scallop Ceviche with Pepper Vodka Dressing; Fresh Mozzarella & Roasted Tomato Jam, Pesto; Tuna & Avocado Spoons / Sesame Seeds; Chilled Gazpacho Shooters; Palmina Pinot Grigio, Double O Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Valdobbiadene Veneto.
Cantata Stagionale (2014) (Seasonal Cantata)
Overture: Mangiare Veramente (to Eat Very Well)
L’aUtUnno in PieMonte (Autumn in Piedmont)
l'insalata Senza Concorrenza (the Salad without Compare)
[Alessandro Procacci, after Rossini]
Salad with NOTES of White Truffle, Apple, and Potato
Vietti roero Arneis 2013 (Piemonte)
L’inVerno in Emilia-Romagna (winter in Emilia-Romagna)
la Montagna della Muse (the Mountain of Muses)
Del Posto Agnolotti dal Plin with a HARMONY of Prosciutto di Parma,
Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale
San Patrignano “Avi” 2008 (Emilia-romagna)
La PriMaVera in Friuli (Spring in Friuli)
le Montagne del Friuli
(blue Friuli's Mountains)
Tender Short Rib and RHAPSODY of Swiss Chard Goulash
bastianich “Vespa rosso” 2011 (Friuli)
L’estate in Sicilia (Summer in Sicilia)
È Giunta l’Estate
(Summer is here)
[Salvatore Quasimodo, Renzo Pezzani]
Preserved Summer Fruits
in CONCERT with
Sheep’s Milk Ricotta and Almond Macaroon Shard
hauner Malvasia delle lipari 2011 (Sicilia)
|On Tuesday, October 14, James Lenox House and Carnegie East House, New York City’s premiere not-for-profit independent and enriched living communities for older adults, raised $425,000 at its annual Autumn Leaves Gala at a private club in New York City. The evening honored architect Ted Moudis, AIA of Ted Moudis Associates, New York City Council Member Daniel Garodnick, and philanthropist William C. Patterson for their dedication and service to New York and its older adults. The gala, which raises funds to support the much needed services and activities at James Lenox House and Carnegie East House, including nursing care, exercise classes, seminars, and other recreational activities, was co-chaired by organization board Presidents Steve P. Morrows of RFR Realty and Nicola M. Heryet of Cassidy Turley.|
|Photographs by Spencer Gordon (Autumn Leaves)|