Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Ballet, the Opera, and French Heritage

Event chair Carole Divet Harting, event chair Pauline Reyniak, co-corporate chair Maria Giulia Maramotti of Max Mara, event chair Debra Martin Chase, event chair Kristin Kennedy Clark, NYCB Executive Director Kathy Brown (all wearing Max Mara), and co-corporate chair Temple St. Clair.
On Valentine’s Day, New York City Ballet held its Annual Luncheon benefit at Lincoln Center. This year’s program “The Ties That Bind,” explored the role of the family, both literally and figuratively, with more than 90 artists of the Company.

The program featured dance demonstrations and video as well as a panel discussion giving personal insight into the life of NYCB and its dancers. The program was hosted by NYCB Board Member Donya Bommer with panelists including NYCB Dancers Jared Angle, Tyler Angle, Faye Arthurs, Ashley Bouder, Harrison Coll, Megan Fairchild, Ashly Isaacs, Maria Kowroski, Amar Ramasar, Abi Stafford, Taylor Stanley, Indiana Woodward, Claire von Enck and Emma von Enck, among others.
NYCB Principal Dancers Jared Angle and Tyler Angle perform an excerpt from Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering. Photos: Paul Kolnik
A luncheon followed on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater where 600 guests attended and over $600,000 was raised for the Company.

Announced each year as part of the Annual Luncheon is the recipient of The Janice Levin Dancer Award, which was created by NYCB in 2000 and is bestowed upon one of the Company's most promising corps de ballet dancers. A member of the Board of Directors for NYCB and the School of American Ballet, Mrs. Levin was a stalwart supporter of young artist at both organizations. This year's recipient was Claire Kretzschmar.

The 2017 Luncheon, which was sponsored by Max Mara and Temple St. Clair Fine Jewellery, featured catering by Neuman’s Kitchen with decor by Lenox Hill Florist.
Benefit Chairs were: Debra Martin Chase, Kristin Kennedy Clark, Carole Divet Harting and Pauline Reyniak.  Benefit Corporate Co-Sponsors: Maria Giulia Maramotti and Temple St. Clair.
NYCB Principal Dancer Ashley Bouder and Soloist Zachary Catazaro perform an excerpt from George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins' Firebird.
Among the guess: Drew Barrymore, Olivia Palermo, Blythe Danner, Jill Kargman, Lesley Stahl, Katherine Brown, Alyson Cambridge, Veronica Webb, Deborah Roberts, Gabrielle Fialkoff, Emily Blavatnik, Betsy Pitts, Elyse Newhouse, Denise Saul, Blair Husain, Julia Koch, Noreen Buckfire, Caroline Hyman, Temple St. Clair, Rick Beinecke, Dinny Morse, Laura Overdeck, Barbara Evans, Franci J. Blassberg, Heather Georges, Darren Henault, Elizabeth G. Miller, LeeAnn Black, Margot Blutt, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Kamie Lightburn, Celia Hegyi, Alison Mazzola, Barbara Tober, Barbara Slifka, Sue Ann Weinberg, Paige Daly, Danielle Taubman, Alyssa Tablada, and Benan Ellis.
Adam Levin, 2017 Janice Levin Award recipient Claire Kretzschmar (wearing Max Mara), NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, Arielle Tepper Madover, and 2016 Janice Levin Award recipient Joseph Gordon
Blythe Danner, Olivia Palermo and co-corporate chair Maria Giulia Maramotti of Max Mara, all wearing Max Mara
Deborah Roberts and NYCB Board Member Donya Bommer
Drew Barrymore and Jill Kargman
Catherine Lebow, Vy Higginson, NYCB Board Member Lesley Stahl, Laurie Orlando, and Ruth Streeter
Event co-corporate chair Maria Giulia Maramotti (wearing Max Mara) and NYCB Dancer Olivia Boisson
Jennifer Gonzales and NYCB Art Series Artist Santtu Mustonen
NYCB Board Member Hugues de Pins and Ulla Parker
NYCB Principal Dancer Adrian Danchig-Waring and event co-corporate chair Temple St. Clair
Judy Byrd, event chair Debra Martin Chase (wearing Max Mara), Joanna Crispi, Gabrielle Fialkoff, and Jonelle Procope
Shannon Caspersen, NYCB Principal Dancer Teresa Reichlen, and Diane Johnson
Katie Peek, Deborah Roberts, and Liz Peek
Veronica Webb and Liza Vassell
Julia Koch, Betsy Pitts, and Julie Menin
NYCB Principal Dancer Ashley Bouder with her daughter Violet and Principal Dancer Abi Stafford with her son Colin
Alyson Cambridge and Daniela Taplin Lundberg
Ide Dangoor and NYCB Principal Dancer Ashley Bouder
Mo Rocca and NYCB Principal Dancer Jared Angle
Linda Fuchik, NYCB Board Member Donya Bommer, and NYCB dancer Claire von Enck.
Earlier last month, the 62nd Viennese Opera Ball was held at the Waldorf Astoria under the “gracious patronage of the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, His Excellency Sebastian Kurtz." The evening celebrated the 150th anniversary of Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz and sixteen young women from around the world made their debut at the white tie gala.

The debutantes and their escorts danced to the 18-piece Viennese Strauss Festival Orchestra who played Strauss’ famous waltz. Metropolitan opera star Stephen Costello performed for guests which included Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter Kieran Chaplin, as well as members of the royal Hapsburg family.

Milana Guseinzade and Kiera Rumbough
The ball is the oldest white tie ball in New York, and was the last in the Waldorf before it begins its renovation. One lucky couple, who bid on Charity Buzz for the honor, entered the ball via a horse drawn carriage that delivered them to their table in the Ballroom. This follows in the tradition of Marlene Dietrich arriving to the Waldorf on a pink elephant!

The gala will benefit Leonard Bernstein — A New Yorker in Vienna, which is a project of the Jewish Museum in cooperation with the U.S. Friends of the Jewish Museum of Vienna. 

Eva Chickering, Kiera Chaplin, Michael Pecnik, and Silvia Frieser
Irena Holiat with Judy and Albert J. Kurpis
Gery Keszler and Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria H.E. Alexa L. Wesner
Sophie Strobele
Renate Brauner and Gary Keszler
Harald and Inge Serafin
Gudrun Faudon-Waldner and Austrian Ambassador to the U.S. Wolfgang Waldner
Jean Shafiroff with two members of the Westpoint Cadet Color Guards
Carl and Renee Landegger
Jane Scher and Gary Rombough
Daniel Serafin helps Anabelle Gray Siklos out of the horse and carriage
Westpoint Cadet Color Guards
Stephen Costello
Debutantes and Escorts Making their Entrance
Debutantes and Escorts
Guests at the Midnight Quadrille
The French Heritage Society and notable guests gathered at the elegant Club Colette on the evening of February 16th for their annual Palm Beach Gala Dinner. The honored guest was Timothy Corrigan, award-winning interior designer with offices in Los Angeles and Paris.

The stunning fête was held at the behest of Gala Chairs Michael Kovner and Jean Doyen de Montaillou. Additional flair was provided by CeCe Black, Board Chair of Special Events, Suzanne Stoll, Palm Beach Representative, and in the presence of FHS Chairman Elizabeth F. Stribling, FHS President Denis de Kergorlay and Consul General of France in Miami, Clément Leclerc.
Michael Harold, Denis De Kergorlay, Elizabeth Stribling, and Consul General Clément Leclerc
Attendees included: Laurie Bodor, Karen Clark, Dale Coudert, Carla & Henry Darlington, Lucy and Nat Day, Ron Fleming , Annette Friedland, Julia Hansen, Jane & Peter Hill, Sarah S. Karis, Maggie Kirkbride, Kamie Lightburn, Ray Lucchetti, Jocelyn and Robin Martin, Etsuko & John Morris, Patrick Murphy, Sarah and Chips Page, Anka Palitz, John & Lynn Pohanka, Natalie Pray, Barbara Price, Diana Quasha, Jeannie & Tom Rutherfoord, Jean Shafiroff, Suzette Smith, Sherri Stephenson, Tom Thaler, Jane & Bill Told, Lynn Tone, Missy Van Buren, Christopher E. Walling, Gil Walsh, Michel Cox Witmer.
Jean Doyen De Montaillou and Michael Kovner
Sandra Alkins and Rose Rosenberg
Proceeds from the Palm Beach Gala Dinner nurture the laudable mission of the French Heritage Society by supporting their tireless efforts to preserve French culture in France and the U.S. and to bring together individuals who share the passion of their missions: Preserving the rich French architectural and cultural heritage throughout France and in the US by raising funds for restoration, preservation and cultural grants.
Ellen Anne Skinner and Countess Yolande de Bonvouloir
George Elliott, Eileen Judell, and Karen K. Clark
Elizabeth Stribling and Lee Black
Sarah Stimson Karis and Missy Van Buren
Janine Atamian and Eve Brookville
India Foster and Fiona West
Ann Van Ness and Judy McLaren
Lynn and John Pohanka
Lynn Tone, Ann Van Ness, and Barbara Wolf
Roderick Gow and Gill Walsh
Suzanne Stoll and Scott Diament
Jean Shafiroff, CeCe Black, and Elizabeth Stribling
Norman Nelson and Robin Reardon Nelson
Guy Robinson and Laurie Bodor
Patrick Murphy, Kyle Kahriman, Natalie Pray, Michael Kovner, and Jean Doyen de Montaillou
Ronald Lee Fleming, Rosemary Harder, and Raymond Lucchetti
Michel Witmer and Kamie Lightburn
CeCe Black and Timothy Corrigan
Dona and Martin Gibbs
Sherri Stephenson and Mike Cocherell
Alexi Mersentes and Jasmine Horowitz
Jennifer Herlein and Guy Robinson
Christopher Walling and Judy Schraft
Maggie Kirkbride, Julia Hansen, and Patrick Murphy
Randolph Fishburn, Fern Tailor, Andrew Sands, and Lucy Day
Photographs by Julie Skarratt (NYC Ballet); BFA & David Plakke (Viennese); Annie Watt (French Heritage)