|On October 1st, Carnegie Hall opened its 2014–2015 season with a sold-out gala benefit concert featuring the Berliner Philharmoniker and Music Director Sir Simon Rattle. The program included Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist Anne-Sophie Mutter as well as Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Stravinsky’s closing scenes from The Firebird. The gala, which was attended by 560 guests, raised a record-setting over $5 million in support of Carnegie Hall’s artistic and education programming.|
|The black-tie Opening Night Gala marked the first public celebration on Carnegie Hall’s new Weill Terrace and Terrace Room with a post-concert dinner in the spaces within the Hall’s new Resnick Education Wing located on the Hall’s upper floors (opened in September 2014). Marina Kellen French was the Gala Lead Chairman, with Gala Chairs Mercedes T. Bass, Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Bruce and Suzie Kovner, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, The Marc Haas Foundation, Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert, Beatrice Santo Domingo, Sydney and Stanley S. Shuman, David M. Siegel and Dana Matsushita, Margaret and Ian Smith, S. Donald Sussman, and Joan and Sanford I. Weill. PwC served as the Opening Night Gala Sponsor for the 11th consecutive season, and Dennis M. Nally was the Corporate Chairman for the event.|
|Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night concert aired live on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and on select stations across the country, kicking off the fourth annual Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon. Concerts in the series are available for live streaming on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. During every live broadcast, WQXR and Carnegie Hall host live web chats, including Twitter commentary by the broadcast team, from backstage and in the control room, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other.
|The opening night performance also launched an extended New York residency by the Berliner Philharmoniker. Following Opening Night, Sir Simon and the orchestra returned to Carnegie Hall for three more performances. On Thursday, October 2, they performed Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Stravinsky’s complete Firebird. Over two nights, on Sunday, October 5 and Monday, October 6, Sir Simon conducted the orchestra in a Schumann symphony cycle, works they recently recorded on CD and Blu-Ray as the first release on the orchestra’s recently-launched label. The October 6 program also included the US premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s dark dreams, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Berliner Philharmoniker. The orchestra’s week-long October residency in New York City also included performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion directed by Peter Sellars, which opened Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival in a co-presentation with Park Avenue Armory on October 7 and 8.|
|As a kickoff to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Dubin Breast Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai Health System held its third annual Fact vs. Fiction Luncheon and Symposium at 320 Park, at 51st Street in Manhattan.
At the luncheon, which was attended by more than 150 people, guests dined on olive oil poached cod with quinoa cake and shaved asparagus and broccoli that was all locally grown, organic or seasonal food catered by Great Performances. The flowers were donated to the Dubin Breast Center following the lunch by Botanica, Inc.
|The guests were able to ask noted physicians about anything related to breast cancer. The event raised just under $200,000.
This year’s speakers, who are all The Mount Sinai Health System experts, were Adam Kolker, MD, Reconstructive Surgery; Jeffrey Mechanick, MD, Lifestyle and Diet; Ramon Parsons, MD, Breast Cancer Research; Elisa Port, MD, FACS, Breast Surgery; Janet Szabo, MD, Breast Imaging; and Amy Tiersten, MD, Medical Oncology. The panel was moderated by filmmaker and journalist Perri Peltz. Each physician offered his or her expertise on topics ranging from cancer screenings, double mastectomy, and breast reconstruction follow-up, to the impact of alcohol and whether to take Vitamin D and other supplements.
|The Dubin Breast Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai Health System, the most comprehensive and largest health system in New York State, has logged more than 75,000 patient visits since its doors opened in 2011. It is one of the few clinics in New York to offer innovative new technologies such as 3-D mammography, which provides earlier and more accurate diagnosis of breast cancer, and leading edge procedures such as seed localization, which allows surgeons to target and remove breast tumors more precisely.
In addition, the Dubin Breast Center’s 15,000-square-foot facility houses a full range of integrative and wellness services, cancer screening and biopsies, cancer treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation), patient and family support services, education, genetic counseling and testing, onco-fertility services, access to clinical trials, and survivorship support. The Center represents a bold vision for breast cancer treatment and research, focusing on the holistic health and well-being of individuals with or at risk for cancer. Patients receive highly personalized, multidisciplinary care in a calming, private, and supportive setting.
|Last Wednesday evening, the African Parks Foundation held its annual event, hosted by APF Executive Director, Nicole Mollo, and the APF Board of Directors. The theme of the evening, "Protectors of African Parks" celebrated the heroic efforts of rangers working on the ground to protect their wildlife and habitat. Specifically, the plight of the elephant and rhino, both facing elimination, were showcased. The night's honorees included Dr. Richard Ruggiero, International Conservation Division Chief at US Fish and Wildlife Service, Brazzaville, Congo-based Naftali Honig of the enforcement group, PALF, and the rangers and guards of African Parks. Guests included: Emilia Krimendahl, Marvin and Donna Schwartz, George Walker, David Koch, and others.
|Photographs by Chris Lee (Carnegie Hall); David Dupuy/AnnieWatt.com (African Wildlife); Longview Photography (Mount Sinai)|