Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Masquerade Retrograde

The afterparty in the Cullman Hall of the Universe at the American Museum of Natural History's 2015 Museum Dance.
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.
Dinner in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
Afterparty in the Cullman Hall of the Universe
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.
Chairs Kristen Edgreen Kaufman and Michael Kaufman
Chairs Elizabeth and Michael Reiss
Chair Nina Patterson
Chair Elizabeth Kurpis
Brock and Julia Bosson
Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild
Chairs Gregory and Alexandra Kwiat
Suzanne and James Jesse
Sean and Cathy Pattap and Heather Soufan
Monte Albers de Leon and Michael Meltzer
Lauren Tobe and Russell Sacks
Yvette Schmitter
Julie Henderson
Kevin Michael Barba and Afterparty Chair Zach Weiss
Harley Viera Newton
Sean Ryan and Anne Huntington
Atlanta de Cadenet
Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl
Carrie and Tadd Wessel
Kipp and Colleen deVeer with Frances Chedid
Eugenia Miranda and Julie Henderson
Emilie Grimaldi and Chair Elizabeth Kurpis
Martin Ambrose (center) and friends
Erin and Peter Friedland, Meredith and Conley Rollins, Dana Wallach Jones and Michael T.M. Jones
Robert Bacigalupi, John David Robbins, and Nader Naeymi-rad
Chairs Michael Kaufman and Kristen Edgreen Kaufman, Alexandra and Gregory Kwiat, Jonathan and Elizabeth Kurpis, Elizabeth and Michael Reiss, and Nina Patterson
John McCarthy and Natasha Avanessians
Julie Henderson and friend
Masked guests
Chair Alexandra Kwiat, Marianna Strongin, and friend
Michael T.M. Jones and Dana Wallach Jones
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). 
Supper Club Performance
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.
Janna Bullock and Olivia Flatto
Lauren and Michael Huber
Liz Stern and Rick Pretsfelder
Ana Laspetkovski and David Weinreb
Karen Ackman and Josefin Hilal
Mahmood Khimji, Emanuel Stern, and Adam Flatto
Rebecca Robertson, Bill Ackman, Kate Davis, David Weinreb, and Ana Laspetkovski
Mimi Sternlicht, Barry Sternlicht, and Cindy Moross
Tom McWilliams, Heidi McWilliams, Deborah van Eck, and Alex Gendzier,
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.
Diane Silberstein, Publisher of OPERA NEWS; Honorees Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Teresa Stratas Sondra Radvanovsky and Samuel Ramey; Mother Angéle Arbib and Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll
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.
Lorenzo Anselmi; Musical guest Stephanie Blythe, Honorees Ferruccio Furlanetto and Sondra Radvanovsky, legendary opera star Renata Scotto with presenters Martina Arroyo, Joseph Volpe and James Morris
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.
Honoree Sondra Radvanovksy with her OPERA NEWS Award and Presenter Martina Arroyo
Honoree Ferruccio Furlanetto with his OPERA NEWS Award and presenter James Morris
Honoree Samuel Ramey with his OPERA NEWS Award
Musical Guest Stephanie Blythe receives an embrace from F. Paul Driscoll, Editor in Chief of OPERA NEWS
Yungpeng Wang, Sophia Munoz, Mary-Jane Lane and Andrew Stenson from the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program
Honoree Samuel Ramey with his wife Lindsey Ramey
Honorees and co-stars of Un Ballo in Maschera at the Metropolitan Opera, Sondra Radvanovsky and Piotr Beczala
Richard J. Miller, Jr., President of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, with the legendary opera star Renata Scotto
Jason Danieley, currently in The Visit, with OPERA NEWS Features Editor Brian Kellow and Broadway star Marin Mazzie
Robert Schoenthal and Diane Silberstein, Publisher of OPERA NEWS, with Metropolitan Opera Guild Board of Trustee member Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III and his wife Ayana Parsons
Yungpeng Wang from the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll
Honoree Teresa Stratas greets Paul Gruber, Executive Director, Program Development of the Metropolitan Opera Guild
Honoree Teresa Stratas with her OPERA NEWS Award
Tom Gerrard with philanthropist and Chairman of the Metropolitan Opera Ann Ziff and Honoree Piotr Beczala
Diane Silberstein, Publisher of OPERA NEWS; Thomas M. Martin, Director of Finance & Administration at the Metropolitan Opera Guild; David B. Devan, General Director & President of Opera Philadelphia; Soprano Angela Meade and John Myers
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.

President Judson R. Shaver
This year the gala honored MMC President, Judson R. Shaver, Ph.D., for fourteen years of distinguished service and included a star-studded lineup of performances, including:

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.
Ta'Rea Campbell '01, Austin Ryan '15, Madelyn Baillio '17, Vivian Reed, William Foster McDaniel, President Judson R. Shaver, President-Elect Kerry Walk, Kathleen Monteleone '05, Synthia Link '08, Chris Pinnella '08, and Ryan Kasprzak '03
Russ Carson, President Judson R. Shaver, President-Elect Kerry Walk, and Judy Carson '03, H'13
Mary Ellen McNeice Hawn '91, Gates Helms Hawn, President Judson R. Shaver, Lucille Zanghi P'11, and President-Elect Kerry Walk
President Judson R. Shaver and Former Chairman of the Board James E. Buckman
William Foster McDaniel, President Judson R. Shaver, and Vivian Reed
Greg Buttle, P'11, ESPN, WCBS, Rita Buttle, Linda Basilice-Hoerrner '71, and August Hoerrner
Judy '03, H'13 and Russ Carson present the plans to the newly announce Carson Hall
Greg Buttle, P'11, ESPN, WCBS
Mariela Sanchez '17, Marymount Manhattan student scholarship speaker
Ta'Rea Campbell '01
William Foster McDaniel, MMC Adjunct Faculty Member
John Hays, P'18, Christie's Auction House
Vivian Reed, two-time Tony nominee and multi-award winner
Breedlove Enwhysee '05 and ensemble
Breedlove Enwhysee '05
Photographs by R. Mickens\C. Chesek (AMNH); Joe Vericker (Marymount)