|Friday, July 31st marked a special moment for The Perlman Music Program (PMP). Toby and Itzhak Perlman celebrated their exceptional music school's 15th anniversary at the Program's waterfront Shelter Island campus, in an evening of generosity, artistry, and friendship. The event featured local flavor from talented chefs, restaurants and winemakers to celebrate the very best of Shelter Island.
The fun kicked off at a festive beachfront reception, with delicious starters courtesy of The Pridwin, SALT Waterfront Bar + Grill, and the Vine Street Café. A special vintage from Michael Cinque of Amagansett Wine & Spirits and Sunset Beach's rosé sangria provided the perfect pairing.
|After the warm welcome, guests gathered in the concert tent for a performance by the Perlmans' phenomenal young students: 38 classical string musicians ages 12-18, from across the country and around the world, all in residence for the summer on PMP's Shelter Island campus. First, the PMP Chorus took the stage. Comprising students, fellows, community members, and faculty – Toby and Itzhak Perlman among them – and led by the inimitable Maestro Patrick Romano, the chorus gave a moving performance of Schubert, Handel, Mendelssohn, and Orban. Afterwards, the superlative PMP String Orchestra unleashed its musical powers for the audience. Maestro Itzhak Perlman conducted a sparkling program of Debussy and Beethoven, arranged to showcase a masterful orchestral performance.|
|Following the musical fireworks, guests enjoyed dinner in a beautiful tent designed by Cait&Jules, and were treated to more wonderful local flavors. Restaurant partners 18 Bay, Red Maple at The Chequit, Ram's Head Inn, Shelter Island House, and Vue Restaurant served seasonal highlights from their delicious menus, and PMP's own head chef James Moran created a sampling of the fabulous dishes the students and faculty enjoy all summer. Marie Eiffel Market provided perfect petits fours, and Shelter Island's own ice cream truck, courtesy of SI Vending, ensured the evening ended on a sweet note!
PMP Founder Toby Perlman recognized PMP board members in attendance Randall Blank, Barbara Gladstone, Vicki Kellogg, Mark Miller, and Caitlin Tully, and thanked the audience for their extraordinary generosity to the Program. Thanks to all the supportive guests in attendance, the evening raised $500,000 to support PMP's mission to educate and support the next generation of classical musicians.
During dessert, guests were treated to the sweet sounds of PMP's doo-wop ensemble, featuring Itzhak Perlman, Patrick Romano, and fellows Sean Lee and Tim Mauthe. Associate Director Merry Peckham, bass faculty Rachel Calin, and all the students joined in with a surprise flash mob rendition of "Hey Jude" for a rousing finish, to the delight of all the guests.
|The evening's guests - numbering over 250 - and generous contributors included lead supporters Arlene and Alan Alda, Hilaria and Alec Baldwin, Linda and Jim Brandi, M. Elaine Crocker, Dr. Marjorie and Roy Furman, Mei Sze and Jeff Greene, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Jo Carole and Ron Lauder, Marsha and Henry Laufer, Chiara and James Mai, Jennifer Myerberg, Carol and Lawrence Saper, Laura Sloate and the Hermione Foundation, Sidney Stark, Justin Sullivan, and Andrews and Angelika Walker.|
|The opening night Gala Preview Cocktail Party for the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse in Bridgehampton, New York took place on Saturday, July 25, 2015. The 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse, the showcase for America's premier design talent, is open daily until Labor Day, September 7, 2015. Proceeds from the Showhouse will benefit Southampton Hospital.
Traditional Home magazine is the 2015 Presenting Sponsor; NBC TV'S OPEN HOUSE is the 2015 Television Sponsor; Beach Magazine is the 2015 Regional Magazine Sponsor; and Gracious Home and Housepad App are the 2015 Design Sponsors. Mario Buatta is the Honorary Showhouse Chairman. Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton are the Honorary Design Co-Chairmen.
|The Hampton Designer Showhouse, now in its fifteenth year, features 25 top interior designers and decorative artists who have turned a magnificent barn style house into a decorating masterpiece. This year's Showhouse located at 233 Old Sag Harbor Road in Bridgehampton, NY has been generously provided by Christopher Tufo Design & Build.
The Hampton Designer Showhouse will be open to the public Sunday, July 26 through Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015. Showhouse hours will be as follows: Monday through Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm. Children under six, infants, strollers and pets are not allowed in the Showhouse. Admission to the Showhouse is $35 and includes the Showhouse Journal.
For more information on the Showhouse and to purchase tickets, visit www.hamptondesignershowhouse.com.
|The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Long Island's longest-running classical music festival, continues to showcase the mix of renowned and emerging artists performing classic and new music that has made it one of the most noteworthy summer music festivals in the country. Programmed by BCMF founder and Artistic Director Marya Martin, this summer's festival runs from July 29 to August 23 and features 12 concerts in the heart of the East End of Long Island.
The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival 32nd Anniversary Benefit took place on Saturday, August 1, 2015, as the festival's second event, coming right after the free outdoor kickoff concert on July 29. This year's benefit featured a one-hour performance followed by cocktails and an elegant dinner at The Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton.
|The evening began at 6:30 PM with "A Night that Will Move You," a program of music that dances, from lively Baroque favorites by Bach and Corelli to "Buenos Aires Summer" by Astor Piazzolla performed by Marya Martin, flute, leading 10 BCMF musicians.
The BCMF Board of Directors is led by Kenneth S. Davidson, chairman, and includes Arlene Alda, Peter D'Angelo; William J. Fleming; Keith R. Gollust; Paul B. Gridley, Anne Gilchrist Hall, Judith Little; Marya Martin; Helen Meates; Sandra R. Meyer; Paige L. Nagle; Katheryn C. Patterson; Stephen N. Rappaport; Joseph L. Rice, III; and Connie Steensma.
|Every year, top culinary artists come together for the Annual Great Chefs Dinner, held at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton. First organized in 2003, the event is the major fundraiser for the Hayground School's Jeff's Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund. Jeff's Kitchen was named after Jeff Salaway, who with his wife Toni Ross, were the school's co-founders.
This year, at the 11th Annual Great Chefs Dinner, pioneering Chef Jonathan Waxman was honored. Among those who came out on a Sunday evening to support Jeff's Kitchen and the Hayground School were Barry Sonnenfeld, Eric Ripert, Sarrah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Ron Rifkin, Brenda Siemer, and Stuart Match Suna.
|The dinner raises money both to support the culinary and garden program as well as to raise money for scholarships. To date almost one million dollars has been raised to support Jeff's Kitchen's programs and the Hayground School.
Today, in "Jeff's Kitchen," the school runs a beautiful culinary arts curriculum. In addition to traditional schoolwork, students plant and tend their own garden, selling the fruits of their labor every Friday at an onsite farmers market.
There was a special musical performance by Sarah Jessica Parker and Peter Duchin during the intimate dinner.
|Hayground School was founded in 1966 as an independent alternative school, committed to a program of innovation in a community of diversity, both economical and cultural. Students range from 3-13 years of age. The mission at Hayground is to provide an open, community school where conventional teaching methods are replaced by new ways of teaching and learning.
For more information and how you can support the Hayground School, visit www.Hayground.org.
|Last month, Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab hosted her annual summer cocktail reception. More than 400 guests attended the event which took place in the historic Roosevelt House on East 65th Street.
Roosevelt House, an integral part of Hunter College since 1943, re-opened in 2010 as a public policy institute honoring the distinguished legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Their former home was beautifully restored and now serves a new purpose: to educate students in public policy and human rights, to support faculty research, and to foster creative dialogue.
|As Eleanor Roosevelt said in 1943, after she donated the combined houses to Hunter College, "No houses could have a better background for the use they will now serve. Always in both houses there was an effort to look on all human beings with respect, and to have a true understanding of the points of view of others."
The event was attended by friends of the college, and members of Hunter advisory board and loyal alumni. Among the guests were: Helen and Robert Appel, former Mayor David Dinkins, Tina Flaherty, Agnes Gund, Rita and Gus Hauser, Dale and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, Ed Meyers, Joachim Pissarro, Pat Schoenfeld, Twyla Tharp, Andrew Tisch, Laurie Tisch, Lally Weymouth, and Judy Zankel.
Photographs by Annie Watt (PMP); Patrick McMullan (Showhouse); Society-In-Focus (BCMF); Matthew Capowski and Brian Calderon (Hunter); Lisa Tamburini (Great Chef's)