Thursday, April 27, 2017

Culture for all

Clemence von Mueffling, Celine Mazieres, James G. Brooks, Jr., Jordan Phillips, Patrick Kirby, and Stephanie Kearney at a joint event for FIAF Young Patrons and Carnegie Hall Notables.
On April 19th, French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) Trustee and Carnegie Hall Notables Steering Committee member James G. Brooks, Jr. hosted members of the FIAF Young Patrons, the Carnegie Hall Notables, and invited special guests at the Consulate General of France in New York. Guests enjoyed a private reception and recital featuring members of Ensemble Connect.

FIAF Young Patrons group offers great opportunities to meet and socialize with other young people who are passionate about French cultures through cocktail receptions, gallery visits with leading artists, and special events that give behind-the-scenes access to the best of France in New York.
Consul General of France Anne-Claire Legendre
Members of Ensemble Connect
French Institute Alliance Française
Young Patrons

James G. Brooks, Jr.

Markus Maximilian Buchmeier
Stephanie de Kertanguy Kearney
Patrick Kirby
Clémence von Mueffling
Jordan Phillips
Patricia de Picciotto

Steering Committee Members
Mélanie Bouvard
Emmanuel Di Donna
Claire Gudefin
James Reed Hague
Isabelle Krusen
Alexandre Leviant
Marie-Noëlle Pierce
Lesley Schulhof
Mortimer Singer
Carnegie Hall

Notables Executive Committee
Veronica Bulgari, Co-Chair
Cody Franchetti, Co-Chair
Jimmy Zankel, Co-Chair Emeritus
Adriana Herrera
Mary Wible Vertin

Notables Steering Committee
Wes Anderson
Joshua Bell
James G. Brooks Jr.
Alexander Goldberg
Lee Hallman
Kimberly T. Hastie
Matthew Holtzman
Grace Kim
Eiseley Kotchoubey
Audra McDonald
Nico Muhly
Christin Barringer Rueger
Sarina Sassoon Sanandaji
Duncan Sheik
Amy Tarr
Consulate General of France in New York
The Carnegie Hall Notables support Carnegie Hall's artistic and educational programs and celebrate music through intimate discussions, concerts, cocktail parties, and more.

The event was generously underwritten by James G. Brooks, Jr.

Wines were provided by Metrowine Group.
Genia Vyala, Danny Dulai, Matt Holtzman, and Karina Bikmukhametova
Arikan Olguner, Sean Read, Sarah Ayres, and Robert Allyn
Guilia Franzoso and Stephanie Yoshida Clemence von Mueffling and James G. Brooks, Jr.
Marie Monique Steckel and James G. Brooks, Jr.
Didi Pei, Sean Para, and Patrick Kirby
Nathalie Sann and James Kearney
Stephanie Kearney and Jordan Phillips Stefanie and Jonathan Ruch
Gretchen Goodall, Grace Kim, Kasia Bannon, and Adriana Herrera
Segolene De Donno and Andrea De Donno
Recently, Theatre Forward hosted their 2017 Chairman's Awards Gala at the Pierre. The annual gala supports the work of Theatre Forward, which is dedicated to advancing American theatres and its communities by providing funding and other resources to the country's leading nonprofit theatres.

Emmy® and Tony Award® winner and six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, Albert Nobbs), was honored with the Theatre Artist Award, Roe Green, visionary arts philanthropist, received the Theatre Forward Leadership Award and Center Theatre Group received the Achievement in Theatre Award on behalf of their 50th anniversary. The cast of Sunset Boulevard, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Jason Robert Brown were all awards presenters respectively.
Lance Roberts, Nancy Anderson, Preston Truman Boyd, Katie Ladner, Britney Coleman, and Jim Walton
Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and a live and silent auction. Auction proceeds will benefit the creation of theatrical works and theatre education programs across the country serving 500,000 students. Tony Award® winner Jason Robert Brown and Betsy Wolfe kicked off the evening with performances from Parade and The Last Five Years and Lee MacDougall and Sharon Wheatley performed a number from the hit Broadway musical Come From Away.

As a tribute to Roe Green, Bjorn DuPaty, Nedra McClyde, Leenya Rideout, and Brian Sills performed an excerpt from Fairfield by Eric Coble, which premiered at Cleveland Play House. In addition to presenting the Theatre Artist Award to Glenn Close, Nancy Anderson, Preston Truman Boyd, Britney Coleman, Katie Ladner, Lance Roberts, and Jim Walton performed a number from Barnum.
Members of the Theatre Forward Board
In addition to the general support of their member theatres, Theatre Forward also offers key programs in two areas. Their new Advancing Strong Theatre initiative that support productions advancing theatres' Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) goals for a targeted under-represented community was introduced at the gala by actor, director and playwright Regina Taylor. In addition, their Educating through Theatre Initiative supports education programs for underserved children.

For more information about Theatre Forward and the 2017 Gala, visit
Irene Sankhoff, David Hein,Sharon Wheatley, and Lee MacDougall
Betsy Wolfe and Jason Robert Brown Michael Ritchie and Roe Green
Kevin Driscoll, Anne Driscoll, Alan Freedman, Jenni Freedman, Warren Lilien, and Lindy Lilien
Lance Roberts, Nancy Anderson, Preston Truman Boyd, Katie Ladner, Britney Coleman, and Jim Walton
Thom Beers and Grace Anderson Michael Ritchie and Jason Robert Brown
Rodney Hicks, Irene Sankhoff, David Hein, Sharon Wheatley, and Lee MacDougall
Isabelle Winkles, Krista Rizzo, and Piera Onorati
Earlier this month, NYC’s prominent philanthropists, as well as those involved in the arts, entertainment, and fashion came together at espace for Culture For One's Fifth Annual Benefit, which raised $290,000 to provide the under-served youth in NYC’s foster care system with access to the arts.

Diana and Joe DiMenna were honored with the with the Culture For One Inspiration Award for arts and entertainment leadership and their dedication to the organization. Josh Groban and the cast of the the popular Broadway production The Great Comet of 1812 performed three songs from the musical. WABC news anchor Sade Baderinwa served as the emcee for the evening.
Josh Groban and the cast of The Great Comet
Culture For One Honorees Diana and Joe DiMenna Caroline Rhea
Guests were inspired when Culture For One founder and executive director Linn Tanzman took the stage to tell the story of how the organization was founded. Following Linn’s poignant speech, former foster youth and Culture For One participant Jahlika Hamilton received a standing ovation with her deeply emotional recount of the positive impact that Culture For One has had on her life, and how the organization helped create new happy memories for help her overcome the hurt and many challenges she faced being in the foster care system.

Guests included Alexandra Richards, Patti Hansen Richards, Caroline Rhea, Ann Caruso, Frederick Anderson, Shruti Ganguly, Harold Koda, Joan B. Horning, Susan Clatworthy, Hofit Golan, and Susan Shin.
Brady H. Funn III
Former Foster Youth, Jahlika Hamilton
The Met Opera's Nathan Carlisle
The benefit chairs for evening included Jennifer Bandier & Neil Boyarsky, Patrice Bugelas-Brandt & Bill Brandt, Denise LeFrak Calicchio, Lenore & Bob Cohen, Janet & Howard Kagan, Shelley Lazar, Linn Tanzman & Sanford Rosen. In addition, the benefit committee for the evening was Jessica & Todd Aaron, Robin & John Abbott, Jenessa & Brent Banks, Julie Farmer & Scott Lazarus, Fran & Andrew Gelman, DO, Amy & Richard Goldman, Lorna Hyde Graev, Susan & Jason Kasarsky, Nancy Klein & Michael Brodman, MD, Lizzy & Bryce Markus, Carolyn Minick Mason, Randi Rossignol, Eileen Schein, Natasha Schlesinger, Pamela & Steven Sinderbrand, Kate & Shai Waisman, Nina Weinstein.

To learn more about Culture For One, click here.
Kristine Deer Janet Kagan and Jennifer Bandier
Patti Hansen Richards, Josh Groban, and Alexandra Richards
Filmmaker Shruti Ganguly Ann Caruso and Frederick Anderson
Federica Marchionni Hofit Golan and Susan Shin
The Great Comet's Lauren Zakrin
WABC's Sade Baderinwa The Great Comet's Lulu Falls
Photographs by Fadi Kheir & Patrick McMullan (FIAF/Carnegie); Lyn Hughes Photography (Theatre Forward); Patrick McMullan (Culture For One)