Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Gift of Music

The Grand Ballroom at The Plaza, decorated by David Monn for Orchestra of St. Luke’s annual Gift of Music gala.
Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) raised a record-setting $1.13 million at its annual Gift of Music gala at The Plaza. Funds raised at the gala benefit the artistic and Community & Education programs of OSL, one of America’s most versatile orchestras, as well as The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York City’s first and only space dedicated to classical music rehearsal, recording, and education.

The gala was held in The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom, which was transformed with beautiful, over-sized arrangements of lush ferns and cherry blossoms, Chinese porcelain vases and tableware, and glowing candlelight. The décor was designed by OSL board member and event designer David Monn. Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor and director David Hyde Pierce hosted the Gift of Music gala, sharing touching and humorous stories about personal experiences with OSL. He most recently attended rehearsals for OSL’s performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at Carnegie Hall. Pierce introduced OSL’s musical performance for the evening—led by Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado—which featured star soprano Angela Meade in Mozart and Catalani arias, as well as selections from Mozart’s Idomeneo. OSL also performed Strauss waltzes to accompany dancing—a longtime tradition at Gift of Music galas.
Master of Ceremonies David Hyde Pierce
OSL presented awards to dancer, choreographer, and director Mark Morris and extraordinary OSL patrons Emme and Jonathan Deland. “There was a wonderful feeling of warmth and enthusiasm in the Grand Ballroom as we celebrated our honorees, who have made such significant contributions to our artistic community,” says OSL President and Executive Director Katy Clark. “Mark has staged some of the most remarkable dance productions of our time, and OSL deeply admires his unwavering commitment to live music. Emme and Jonathan are beloved patrons of our orchestra, dedicating their time, expertise, and resources to many areas of the organization, from development to education. We’re so grateful that Orchestra of St. Luke’s calls these remarkable individuals our friends.”

Mark Morris formed the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) in 1980, and has since created close to 150 works for the company. He has directed and choreographed 18 ballets since 1986 and his work has been performed by companies worldwide. His collaborations with OSL span more than two decades and include Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet at Lincoln Center and performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival, among others. Morris also works extensively in opera, directing and choreographing productions for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, English National Opera, and The Royal Opera.
Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Orchestra of St. Luke's
Noted for his musicality, Morris has been described as “undeviating in his devotion to music” (The New Yorker). He began conducting performances for MMDG in 2006 and has since conducted at The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Lincoln Center, and BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Morris was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation in 1991, and has received the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement (2007) and the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society (2010). He opened the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn in 2001 to provide a home for his company, rehearsal space for the dance community, outreach programs for children and seniors, and dance classes for students of all ages and abilities.

Unable to join the festivities, the legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov prepared a statement congratulating Morris, his longtime friend and collaborator. The remarks, read by Pierce, commended Morris’ artistry, work with OSL, and commitment to live music. Baryshnikov is also a valued partner of OSL—the Baryshnikov Arts Center shares a building with OSL’s DiMenna Center for Classical Music.
Soprano Angela Meade and OSL Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado
Honorees Emme and Jonathan Deland are devoted to OSL and other institutions that contribute to New York City’s health, welfare, and culture. Emme works at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital as senior vice president and chief strategy officer, responsible for developing clinical and corporate strategic plans. She is on the board of the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation, through which she was introduced to Orchestra of St. Luke's. Jonathan is co-chief of the Foot and Ankle Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, and is professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He has been named to the Best Doctors in America and Best Doctors in New York lists by New York Magazine for the past three years. Emme and Jonathan collectively serve on the boards of the Zeitz and Kornfeld Foundations, Planned Parenthood of New York City, Public Health Solutions, American Memorial Hospital in France, and Library of America, and on the advisory board of MMGD’s Dance for PD® program.
Judith and Alan Fishman, Gala Honoree Mark Morris, and Billy Hayes
In accepting their award, Emme and Jonathan recalled an OSL education concert at which a student explained to the orchestra that he loves music because it can make him feel both happy and sad—a sentiment that the Delands related to.

The gala’s co-chairs were Frances A. Resheske and Candace and Jonathan Wainwright. Notable guests included Helen and Robert Appel, Adrienne Arsht, Norman Benzaquen, Barbara Feldon, Georgia and Ronald Frasch, Richard Gaddes, Susan Graham, Judith and Alan Fishman, Josie and Ken Natori, Susan Rose, Judy Zankel, and Ann Ziff.
Gala Co-Chair Candace Wainwright, David Carr, Alina Rubinstein, Gala Co-Chair Jonathan Wainwright, and Gala Honoree Jonathan Deland
Anita Contini, Gala Co-Chair Frances Resheske, and Gala Honoree Emme Deland
Chrissy Weltz and Kate Levin
OSL Board Chairman Norman Benzaquen, Judy Zankel, OSL Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, and Anne Igartiburu
OSL Co-Founder and Board Member Marianne Lockwood and David Bury
OSL Board Member Josie Natori, Judy Zankel, OSL Executive Director Katy Clark, and Adrienne Arsht
Brian Fisher, David Moody, OSL Board Members Joanna Fisher and Georgia Frasch, Michele Ateyeh, and Ron Frasch
Jeffrey Bijur, Kathy Steinberg, Judy Peck, and Mary Bijur
Andrew Slaby, OSL Board Member Norman Haffner, Rose Marie Slaby, and Barbara and Eugene Sass
Betsy Perry, Rawle Deland, and Phyllis Levin
Michael Gellert and Judy Evnin
Rawle and Lucy Deland, Vladimir Gorbaty, Kate Deland, and Gala Honorees Jonathan and Emme Deland
David Bury, OSL Board Member Janet Seidler, and Arvid Klein
Master of Ceremonies David Hyde Pierce, Charles Hamlen, and OSL Board Member Robert Appel
OSL Board Members David Monn and Georgia Frasch
OSL Board Member Josie Natori, Robert Rufino, Frank Arcaro, Jana Klauer, and James Booth
Donna and Vasili Tsamis, and Kathleen Chiti and John Chiti
Morris and Nancy Offit
OSL Board Member Susan Graham and Ann Ziff
Bill and Angela Haines, Daniel Nelson, and Zita Rosenthal
Catching up. A week ago Tuesday, the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering hosted a Preview Party for its first ever Interior Designer Slipper Chair Sale at the Society Boutique. There chairs designed by more than 40 designers from across the country, all of whom donated a slipper chair, (or in some cases a pair) to be sold to benefit the Society of MSK.
The Slipper Chairs were designed by more than 40 designers from across the country
Event chairs were Webb Egerton and Stephanie Loeffler and Society Boutique Committee chairman Melanie Holland. More than 150 attended. Participating designers included Eric Cohler, Thom Filicia for Sedgwick & Brattle, Victoria Hagan, Celerie Kemble, Mary McDonald, Todd Alexander Romano, Bunny Williams, Kathy Abbott, Beth Blake for Blake, Meg Braff, Ginger Brewton, Brockschmidt and Coleman, Timothy Brown, Lilly Bunn, Guy Clark, Cullman & Kravis, Inc., Ernest de la Torre, Fawn Galli, S.R. Gambrel, Inc., Sallie Giordano for Leta Austin Foster & Associates, Courtney Moss for Glamourpuss, Susan Zises Green, Victoria Hagan, Mark Hampton LLC, Kathleen Hay Designs, Young Huh, Teri Brajewski and Anisa Romero for Interior Provisions, Robyn and Sara Karp, Bryant Keller Interiors, Laura Kirar, David Kleinberg, Richard Keith Langham, Robert Lindgren, Becky McDermott, McMillen Inc., Adrienne Neff, Amanda Nisbet, Oomph, Katie Ridder, Lee Robinson, Parker Rogers II, Jonathan Rosen, Ruger Interiors, Stephanie Stokes, Stephen Sills Associates, Victoria Vought and Amy Raiter.

The  Society Boutique MSK Thrift Shop is located at 1440 Third Avenue, between East 81st and 82nd Streets.
Stefanie Loeffler and Webb Egerton
Beth Blake and Sarah Powers
Robyn Joseph, Coco Kopelman, Martha Glass, and Bambi Putnam
Heather Leeds and Nancy Smith
Gay Schaye and Margaret Savoia
Kamie Lightburn, Nancy Smith, Stefanie Loeffler, and friend
Nicole Limbocker, Hilary Dick, and Martha Glass
Karen Glover and Mark Gilberston
Kathleen Hay
Anna Kennedy Safir, Robyn Joseph, Eleanora Kennedy, and Annette Rickel
Margaret Savoia and Catherine Carey
Jamee and Peter Gregory
Karen Klopp, Libby Fitzgerald, and Jamee Gregory
On Wednesday, April 2nd, Brooks Brothers hosted the Playground Partners of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy at an in-store shopping event. Playground Partners Party Co-Chairmen Shirin Christoffersen, Jennifer Evans, Samantha Topping Gellert, Kimberly Klimczak, Michelle Marra, Playground Partners Co-Chairmen Paige Hardy, Sarah Kurita, Sharon Teles, and Women’s Committee President Anne Harrison, enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and shopping. Brooks Brothers donated 25% of the net sales from the evening to the Playground Partners of the Central Park Conservancy.
Doug Blonsky, Shirin Christoffersen, Jen Evans, Samantha Topping Gellert, Kim Kimczak, Michelle Marra, and Arthur Wayne
This kick-off event was a run up to the Playground Partners of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy’s Annual Family Party scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Taking place in Heckscher Playground in Central Park, The Central Park Conservancy’s Annual Family Party supports Playground Partners and their mission to maintain the quality and cleanliness of Central Park’s 21 playgrounds. This is one of the largest and most successful parties in New York City and is the only one offered in a playground all year, providing a unique.
Gillian Miniter
Jill Ross and Paige Boller Malik
Eleanora Kennedy, Suzanne Cochran, Anna Safir, and Vicki Foley
Begum Taft
Sharon Teles and Sarah Kurita
Wendy Carduner, the guiding light of the Doubles Club, greeted all the little boys and girls as they came hopping down the stairs for the Doubles PETER COTTONTAIL EASTER EGG HUNT. They took photos with Peter Cotton, Daisy Doodle painted over 100 faces, and MC's Kevin and Andre kept them dancing and singing to their favorite songs from FROZEN. And after Grilled Cheese Squares and Chicken McDoubles all the moms, including Mary Van Pelt, Sloan Overstrom, Whitney Topping, Eleanora Kennedy and Anna Safir, Marissa Rose, Lisa Simonson, Epo Manning, Amanda Stetson, Wendy Madden, Jenny Green, and Anna Shiva, lined up with their children for the 'Hunt.'
Also last Thursday evening in New York, many of the “style-savvy” members of the community were out in full force for the launch of designer Jay Jeffer’s first book, “JAY JEFFERS: COLLECTED COOL,” (Rizzoli publishers). Recognized as one of his generation’s most dynamic interior designers, and praised for his design stores in San Francisco, Cavalier by Jay Jeffers, and the newly-opened Cavalier@COUP, Jeffers has designed homes in New York City, the Hamptons, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and beyond. Designer Jamie Drake, who wrote the forward to “Collected Cool,” hosted the party at his Chelsea apartment which boasts a car elevator and expansive views of the Hudson River.
Among those attending were Alexa Hampton, Angel Sanchez, Hearst Design Group Editor in Chief Newell Turner; Cottages & Gardens CEO & Publication Director Marianne Howatson, Beau Beasley, Linda O’Keeffe, and Jill Cohen.
Jay Jeffers
Jay Becker and Michael Siegel
Rami Rosen and Saul Mareno
Kathy Osborne, Alex Jaffe, and Courtney Finley
Michael Fratz and Carolyn Cruz
Chris Coleman and Angel Sanchez
Joel Robare, Chantal Martin, Scott Martin, Ginger Coy, and Brad Coy
Alisa Carroll and Marianne Howatson
Carolyn Cruz, Michael Fratz, and Jyothi Rao
Larry Curran and Jeffrey Caldwell
David Goldberger and Sarah Goldberger
Josh Greene, Drew McGukin, Mitra Moshari, and Beau Beasley
Zoe Settle and James Schriebl
Alex Jaffe and Courtney Finley
Photographs by Eric Weiss (Gift of Music); (Jeffers); Sylvain Gaboury (MSKCC); Cutty McGill (Doubles)