Friday, December 2, 2016

First Position

Ashley Bouder giving a sneak peek of her new choreography for an upcoming collaboration with The New York Jazzharmonic.
New York City Ballet's principal dancer Ashley Bouder gave Youth America Grand Prix's (YAGP) First Position Club members a peak of her new choreography for an upcoming collaboration with The New York Jazzharmonic, in New York City Center's studios. Ashley walked the audience through her technique and process while NYCB corps de ballet members Ashley Hod and Devin Alberda performed.

Following the performance Ashley's patrons Joanna and Brian Fisher hosted a reception at their Park Avenue duplex. Guest included Sharon Bush, Amy Fine Collins, Layla Diba, Linda Fell, Kim and Mason Granger, Judith M. Hoffman, Elbrun and Peter Kimmelman, William Ivey Long, Emily Reifel, Sana Sabbagh, Irene Shen, Elizabeth Papadopolous and John Sills, Kay Tien, Barbara and Donald Tober, Elizabeth Camp and George Van der Ploeg, Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini and YAGP Board Chair Linda K. Morse.
Ashley Hod and Devin Alberda
Amy Fine Collins and Joanna Fisher
YAGP currently has over 250 alumni dancing in 50 companies around the world including New York City Ballet, Marinsky Theatre, and Stuttgart Ballet. YAGP's mission is to support and develop world-class dancers (ages 9 - 19) of all ethnic backgrounds by providing scholarships, auditions, education, performance opportunities, and by serving as the global network of dance; connecting students, teachers, schools, dancers, dance companies and audiences.
Ashley Hod, Karl Yeh, Ashley Boulder, Harrison Ball, Emily Reifel, and Jonathan Rondinelli
Barbara Tober with Peter and Elbrun Kimmelman
Donald Tober and Celia Ipiotis
Elizabeth Sills and Kay Tien
Simon and Tina Beriroz
George Van der Ploeg, Elizabeth Camp, and Stephen Pier
Gianluigi and Adrienne Vittadini
Harrison Ball and Irene Shen
Barbara Flood
Joanna Fisher and Sharon Bush
Jonathan Rondinelli, Judith M. Hoffman, and Sam Radin
Karen Wilder and M.G. Harris
Layla Diba, Roger Cardinal, and Barbara Tober
Maggie Brush, Blair Hartley, and Lucille Corrier
Pascal Rioult, Amy Harrison, George Van der Ploeg, and Stephen Pier
Sana Sabbagh, William Ivey Long, Joanna Fisher, and Ashley Hod
Stephen and Shelley Limmer, Linda Morse, and Blair Hartley
Steve and Sondra Beninati
Last month at Guastavino's, The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) hosted the Milestones and Miracles: Celebrating Two Decades of Ground-Breaking Medical Research, Awareness, Education and Advocacy Wings of Hope for Melanoma gala.

The gala was led by Danielle and David AbrutynAviva and Stan AdlerPenelope and Tom ChiusanoMary and Jay N. Goldberg, Scott Klau, Russell Mohr, Lori and Mike NashJeanine Morris-Rush and Greg Rush, Ava and Steve SilversteinCarol and Larry Wolfe.
Dinner at Guastavino's
The event paid tribute to innovators and champions in the melanoma community and celebrated the MRF’s) 20 years of investing in critical medical research, supporting melanoma patients and their families and advocating on behalf of the global melanoma community.

AmgenBristol-Myers SquibbGenentechMerck and Novartis received the Leadership Award and President Jimmy CarterEugene C. Hendrickson, Gail Karr, and Susanne Milne received the Courage Award. The MRF also recognized past Humanitarian Award recipients Darrell S. Rigel, MDMitchell Kline, MDBijan Safai, MDAndrew Bronin, MDDaniel Roses, MDJedd Wolchok, MDAnna Pavlick, MDHoward L. Kaufman, MDPaul B. Chapman, MDJohn Kirkwood, MD, and Allan Halpern, MD. 
Tim Turnham, Steve Silverstein, Eugene C. Hendrickson, Susanne Milne, Gail Karr, and Jay Goldberg
Danielle and David Abrutyn, Aviva and Stan Adler, Penelope and Tom Chiusano, Mary and Jay N. Goldberg, Scott Klau, Russell Mohr, Lori and Mike Nash, Jeanine Morris-Rush and Greg Rush Ava and Steve Silverstein, and Carol and Larry Wolfe
Over 400 guests attended the event and $930,000 was raised! Drama Desk Award Winner and Tony Nominee, Richard Kind emceed the event. Guests loved is humor and passion! The big surprise of the night was a video of President Carter accepting his courage award. 

“While there has been great progress in the melanoma field, we still have a long way to go” President Jimmy Carter.

To learn more about the Wings of Hope for Melanoma gala and the Melanoma Research Foundation, contact Liz Reilly at 202-868-2003.
Richard Kind
Tara Schwenker, Steve Silverstein, and Lori Nash
Dennis and Gail Karr with her Melanoma Research Foundation Courage Award
Elise Barish, Felice Yeshion, Karen Epstein, and Denise Freiberg
Danit Weiner and Joshua Cohen
Catching up. A capacity crowd filled the stylish private salon at renowned chef Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin Privé in midtown Manhattan for Harmonie du soir, a culinary and musical gala benefiting Copland House, the award-winning creative center for American music. 150 guests reveled in an exquisite four-course gastronomic seascape designed especially for the occasion by Chef Ripert. The epicurean tour-de-force was paired with an equally impeccable musical menu of works that saluted Copland's lifelong love of France and the transformative time he spent there as an aspiring young artist. The internationally-acclaimed Music from Copland House ensemble performed works by American Francophiles Marc Blitzstein, Daron Hagen, George Gershwin, and Copland, as well as the iconic French composers Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy.
The capacity crowd at Le Bernardin Privé
Based at Aaron Copland's National Historic Landmark house in New York's lower Hudson River Valley, Copland House is the only composer's home in the U.S. devoted to championing America's vibrant musical legacy through a broad range of programs that embrace the entire creative process and reach every corner of the nation. For the last 10 years, these annual sold-out galas have linked renowned chefs, in their restaurants, with America's leading composers and performers, to benefit Copland House's award-winning programs, including fervent support of composers and thrilling concert experiences, musical discoveries, commissions, revivals, and educational adventures.
King Fish-Caviar King Fish-Osetra Caviar Tartare Smoked Crème Fraîche
Poached Halibut, Manila Clams, and Wild Mushroom Casserole
Harmonie du soir began with an array of passed canapés: The first course featured King Fish-Osetra Caviar Tartare, and Smoked Crème Fraîche, served with a Grüner Veltliner, Alte Reben, Kracher & Sohm 2013. Second course presented a Seared Langoustine, Fennel Mousseline, and Spiced Citrus-Sambal Sauce, served with Chardonnay, Domaine de la enardiere,"Jurassique", Jura 2014. Third course course featured Poached Halibut, Manila Clams, and Wild Mushroom Casserole, paired with Pinot Noir, Calera, Central Coast 2014. Dessert offered Warm Chocolate Cake, Caramelized Fig, and Spiced Chocolate Ice Cream, and Château Manos, Cadillac 2014.
Auctioneer Susan Keith
Guests included Gala Co-Chairs Dr. Lopa Gupta and Ann Scheuer, Hannah and Walter Shmerler, Dr. Ezriel Kornel and Lisa Schultz, Carol and Robert Morris, Marian Hamilton, Matthew Levey, Rita Z. Mehos,  Caron and Geoffrey Johnson, Anthony Maddalena, Dr. Ellen Manos and Peter Skoufalous, Dewey Moss, Patrick Morris and Kate McClure, Marguerite Pitts, Elyse and Dr. Lawrence Faltz, Amy and Daniel Delson, actors James Kiberd and Susan Keith, and Michelle Ifill and Guy Jenkins, along with musical luminaries jazz trombonist Dave Taylor, and the evening’s featured performers violinist Cyrus Beroukhim, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, baritone Jorell Williams, and pianist and Copland House’s Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin. Live and silent auctions included a Mexican vacation, prime tickets to Hamilton on Broadway, jewelry, commissioned artwork, sponsorship opportunities, and other one-of-a-kind items.
Dr. Mantu Gupta, Gala Co-Chair Ann Scheuer, Steven Shmerler, Dr. Ezriel Kornel, Dr. Lopa Gupta, Michelle Ifill, and Guy Jenkins
Co-chairs Dr. Lopa Gupta and Ann Scheuer
Dewey Moss and James Kiberd Amy and Daniel Delson
Ann Mercier, Steven Shmerler, Gala co-chair Ann Scheuer, Walter and Hannah Shmerler, and Michael Boriskin
Susan Geffen, Michael Boriskin, and Elaine Liebman
November 2nd, at the Whitney Museum of American Art,  Pratt Institute presented its first annual Design Symposium: Design is the New Currency.

What does that mean? I wondered too. The idea for these symposiums is to provoke presentation and discussion between speakers brought together from diverse fields of design to discuss how in this fast changing world of ours, “Design has become an x-factor.”  And what does that mean, you ask?
James Gager, Juan Montoya, Michele Oka Doner, David Rockwell, Marc Rosen, and Juliana Terian
It means: Consumers know that they are buying Design and embrace their need to identify with products that support their sense of taste, sophistication and worth. In a world that has blurred class distinctions and fueled the consumer’s need to underscore his or her own personal style, Design has become an important part of their DNA. If ‘Design is the New Currency’ then a designer’s imagination is the bank from which to draw new ideas.

This first one’s panel was made up of David Rockwell, architect and designer; Juan Montoya, internationally acclaimed interior designer, furniture designer, carpet designer; James Gager, SVP and Creative Director for MAC cosmetics; Michele Oka Doner, distinguished sculptress and designer of furniture, jewelry, public art and interiors whose work can be found at the Met, the Musee des Arts Decorsatifs at the Louvre, and the Whitney.
Juliana Terian, Arlene Dahl, and Marc Rosen
The evening’s moderator was Marc Rosen, himself a cosmetics packaging designer as well as Pratt professor and a major supporter of the institution. Marc is always thinking of ways to get the information out and to inspire creative minds. In fact this symposium is sponsored by his Marc Rosen Educational Fund at Pratt in conjunction with Juliana Curran Terain, the Terain Foundation.
Shining Sun, Michele Oka Doner, and Pamela Fiori
Juan Montoya and Tom Schutte
Fern Mallis and David Rockwell
In partnership with the UN Women for Peace Association, JCS Int'l hosted the opening cocktail party for the International Emmy World Television Festival for the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the UN. Notable attendees included Susan Gutfreund, Ambassador and Mrs. Peter Wilson, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Dame Gillian Sackler, and Phoebe Legere. The evening also featured a performance by America's Got Talent finalist Jayna Brown. At the event, JCS and the International Emmys announced a 10-year commitment and the launch of the JCS International Young Creatives Award.
Michal Grayevsky and Fred Cohen
Evelyn Tompkins Barbara Winston and Madame Ban Soon-taek
Jana Jaffe, Bona Neritani, Barbara Winston, Michal Grayevsky, and Stacy DeLuke
Leona Brown Christiane Paul
Susie Lee
Jim Woolsey Jr., Michal Grayevsky, and Nancye Woolsey
Jayna Brown
Photographs by Cutty McGill (YAGP); Tracy Ketcher (Copland)