|Last Friday, April 17th, the American Museum of Natural History held New York City's longest-running junior benefit, the 2015 Museum Dance, bringing together influential young philanthropists to celebrate and to raise essential funds for the Museum's scientific and educational programs. This year, the theme of the evening was Masquerade Retrograde, a "roaring twenties" masked dance complete with cocktails and an intimate dinner, followed by an afterparty which featured music by JUS SKE. The event was sponsored by Valentino.|
|Chairmen included Kristen Edgreen Kaufman and Michael Kaufman, Elizabeth Kurpis and Jonathan A. Kurpis, Alexandra and Gregory Kwiat, Nina and Mike Patterson, and Elizabeth and Michael Reiss.
Guests included Nicky Hilton, James Rothschild, Lauren Remington Platt, Julie Henderson, Atlanta de Cadenet, Olivia Palermo, Gherardo Guarducci, Ashley Avignone, Harley Viera Newton, Johannes Huebel, Emilie Grimaldi, Eugenia Miranda, Eric Richman, Dalia Oberlander, Matteo Ferrero, Meredith and Conley Rollins, Rebecca and Jesse Angelo, Jill and Harry Kargman, Ari Ackerman, Martin Ambrose, Natasha Avanessians, Cody Baird, Kevin Michael Barba, Elizabeth Berman, Zoe Tananbaum Bernstein and Jon Bernstein, Annika Connor, Colleen and Kipp deVeer, Michael Espiritu, Peter and Erin Friedland, Anne Huntington, Dana Wallach Jones and Michael Jones, Lauren Junge, Anton and Abby Levy, Justin Mahy, Zibby and Andrew Right, Alexandra Steel Scott and James Scott, Leonard Seevers and Phyllis Lally Seevers, Arthur G. Sulzberger, Naomi Waletzky, Ginger and Keith Wallach, Amanda and Doug Wurtz, Zach Weiss, and Jordan Zmijewski.
|Tuesday night a week ago, influential friends and supporters of the Park Avenue Armory gathered for an intimate Supper Club in one of the most luxurious recital spaces in New York — the recently reopened Board of Officers Room.
Hosted by Olivia and Adam Flatto, Cindy and David Moross, and Liz and Emanuel Stern, the evening included music by rising star and internet sensation Kate Davis (Bass/Vocals), Samora Pinderhughes (Piano/Vocals), Conor Rayne (Drums), and Alex Wintz (Guitar).
|Guests dined on food by celebrated chef Fredrik Berselius. All proceeds went to benefit the Armory's unconventional arts and education programs.
Guests in attendance included: Bill and Karen Ackman, Janna Bullock, Kenneth and Noreen Buckfire, Fouad and Dina Chartouni, Paul Cronson, Deb van Eck, Peter and Anne-Marie Embiricos, Paul and Josefin Hilal, Michael and Lauren Huber, John Katzman and Alicia Ernst, Alex Gendzier, Naznin and Mahmood Khimji, Richard and Christine Mack, Francois and Ketty Maisonrouge, Tom and Heidi McWilliams, Doug and Julie Ostrover, Rick Pretsfelder and Liliana Vaamonde, Rebecca Robertson and Byron Knief, Brad and Cindy Settleman, Craig and Diane Solomon, Barry and Mimi Sternlicht, Omer Tuncata and Nina Runsdorf, George Votis and Olga Geroulanos-Votis, David and Ana Weinreb.
|Four hundred opera aficionados – including celebrated performers Marilyn Horne, Renata Scotto, Marin Mazzie, Angela Meade, and notables Mrs. Schuyler G. Chapin, Marifé Hernandez and Joel Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Miller, Jr., Emily Rafferty, Winthrup Rutherfurd, Jr., and Ann Ziff – attended the 10th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards at the Plaza Hotel.
This year's honorees – Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanovsky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas – were feted at the black-tie affair that included a song-filled performance by previous OPERA NEWS Award recipient Stephanie Blythe. Presenters Martina Arroyo, Gerald Finley, James Morris, Joseph Volpe and Susan Graham joined OPERA NEWS editor in chief F. Paul Driscoll and publisher Diane Silberstein in regaling the festive audience.
|In addition to a musical performance by Ms. Blythe, the Awards featured live auction packages such as a once-in-a-lifetime OPERA NEWS cover photo shoot with acclaimed photographer Dario Acosta and a 20 minute recital by Susan Graham at a private dinner party. Guests had more than 80 lots in the silent auction to bid on including autographed photographs and framed Sam Norkin caricatures; fashion items from Michael Kors, Stuart Weitzman, Bulgari and memorabilia from Teresa Stratas' own opera wardrobe. The auction raised more than $67,000 with all proceeds going towards the education initiatives of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.|
|The 10th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards were sponsored by BNY Mellon Wealth Management and President's Circle Sponsor, the Lloyd E. Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation. Representatives from both organizations were present to honor this year's award winners.
OPERA NEWS has been published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild since 1936; it has the largest circulation of any classical music magazine in the United States. Edited by F. Paul Driscoll, the monthly publication is a winner of four ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for excellence in music journalism.
|Marymount Manhattan College's (MMC) annual scholarship fundraising event, The President's Medal Dinner, took place at Guastavino's on Thursday, April 16 and was attended by over 250 supporters, raising an impressive $2 Million for student scholarships.
• Breedlove Enwhysee: An American singer, songwriter, and performance personality most recently appearing as an opening act for Lady Gaga's Art Rave Ball
• Vivian Reed: Two time TONY nominee and multi award winner best known for her work on the Broadway stage
• Ta'Rea Campbell '01: The Lion King, Little Shop of Horrors, The Book of Mormon, Sister Act
• Ryan Kasprzak '03: Choreographer on Smash & So You Think You Can Dance, Billy Elliot; guest faculty at MMC.
• Madelyn Baillio '17: Current MMC Student and 2014 Michael Feinstein Songbook Academy Winner.
The night concluded with a special announcement from President Shaver, who revealed that in recognition of Judith & Russell Carson's long-standing commitment and extraordinary generosity to Marymount Manhattan, the College's Main building will be renamed "Carson Hall" in their honor this fall.
|Photographs by R. Mickens\C. Chesek (AMNH); Joe Vericker (Marymount)|