|More Autumn foliage within Central Park. 2:00 PM. Photo: JH.|
|I went on up the avenue. Harry Winston was having some kind of a cocktail reception. I got a shot of the trees all it on the terraces of Donald Trump’s building where Gucci is getting ready to move in on the ground floor corner. Next door there was a line, like a movie, out in front of Tiffany where Sprint (according to the banners) was having a party. One block up there was another party at Bergdorf’s. On the first floor, the very chic Carolina Herrera was leaning over a case of leather goods and jeweled accessories, looking with great interest. I walked over by the Apple cube with its crowds sitting outside on the plaza, chatting with friends or on their cells, or having a cigarette and taking the world in.
I went over to Madison. Passing Barney’s, I took some shots of the windows. This year’s season is GREEN and the displays intriguing, beautiful, amusing and just a little off the beaten path of retailing convention. Farther up the avenue I passed Daum where a cocktail party was going on behind their glass doors. And the newly opened Leviev, also entertaining the beguiled troops.
|A couple blocks up I passed a little sliver of a place called Julie’s Artisan Gallery stenciled on the door, with some wild looking, but beautiful garments in a tiny window. I took a picture. Just a few doors up, past La Goulue, I came upon Roger Vivier, its window brightly lit. A pair of women’s shoes caught my eye: they looked like heels covered in big bright purple chicken feathers. I have a friend out in Montecito who has fancy hens who have feet like that. Very cool; I took the picture. Then I took a picture of the other side of the display which were very expensive looking conventional shoes.
Then across the street and another block up, I saw the black and white sparkling number in the window of Pilar Rossi. I thought of all the girls in this part of town who’d be dressing up for the holiday parties that are only a couple of weeks away at most.
From there it was on to the Nathan Bernstein Gallery at 21 East 65 Street and a new show “Empty Nest,” portraits of children (“The Changing Face of Childhood in Art 1880 to the Present”). The show was curated by Lowell Pettit. Michael of Michael’s was there with his wife Kim who has a portrait in the show (I photographed them by it). This is a beautiful show. The exhibition runs through February.
| Meanwhile, the night before last (I got distracted with yesterday’s Diary by the breaking news in the Astor case), I started out at Treillage, the shop belonging to Bunny Williams and John Rosselli at 418 East 75th Street.
Their friend, the artist Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff was having a booksigning for his “Homage, Encounters With the East,” a volume of drawings and water colors done by the artist on his journeys through the Far East.
This is a beautiful book, perfect for anyone who loves the East and India. Among the friends attending were Judy Auchincloss, Annette de la Renta, Jean Harvey Vandebilt, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Vanderbilt, Ashton Hawkins, Barrett Freylinghuysen, Alexandra Golinkin, Bobo Legendre, Andre Bishop and Peter Manning, Billy and Kathy Rayner, Sydney Shuman, John Yunis, Ellen Sweeney and Tim Lovejoy (the artist’s partner, also an artist, who made the journey with him and worked alongside him).
|Leaving Treillage, I went down to Carnegie Hall for a concert and a dinner. “Music for Medicine” was the 11th annual benefit concert for the Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminars of the Open Medical Institute. Doctors Helping Doctors – Medical Education without Borders. The evening was presented by the American Austrian Foundation.
I love going to Carnegie Hall not just for the music but for what the hall represents in my imagination. It was completed in 1890. The cost of the property and construction came to $1,156,000 and was funded entirely by Andrew Carnegie. He was motivated by his wife Louise who was a singer and a friend of conductor Walter Damrosch whose orchestra would play there. The hall was the realization of Damrosch’s father Leopold, who died before it was built. The Damrosches in those days were considered one of America’s foremost families of musicians.
The concert hall opened with a five day Music Festival on May 5, 1890. The now immortal Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky came from Russia to conduct his own music. In the beginning it was known as Music Hall. It quickly became Carnegie’s Music Hall and by 1894, Carnegie Hall.
|Some of the memorable posters from Carnegie’s illustrious history.|
|The concert on Tuesday night was performed by members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra: Ernst Ottensamer, Clarinet; Eckhard Seifert, Violin; Clemens Hellsberg, Violin; Elmar Landerer, Viola; Gerhard Iberer, Violincello. They performed two pieces by Mozart: Divertimento in E-flat major and Clarinet Quintet (Stadler-Quintett). These musicians donated their time and talents to support the efforts of Doctors Helping Doctors.
After the concert, the guests gathered in the Rohatyn Room for dinner. I got up there before almost everyone else to photograph some of the memorable posters from Carnegie’s illustrious history. Soon, however, the place filled up. Daisy Soros introduced me to Wolfgang Aulitzky, MD who founded the organization. Among other things, Dr. Aulitzky is a practicing urologist.
The organization that he created stages semiars (The Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminars). The idea is another variation of Doctors without Borders.
|Dr. Aulitzsky told me he was motivated, after the breakup of the Soviet Union to do something about bringing its Russian medical community and students out of the dark ages and into the world of technology. The first year of their meetings and conferences, the young doctors from the old Soviet satellites would bring their thoughts and illustrations on pieces of cardboard or paper. Everything they had seemed to be primitive. Today, Dr. Aulitzsky said, those doctors from the former Soviet Union are equipped with all the latest technological equipments and now are contributing forces. Because of Doctors Helping Doctors, American and European doctors are educating the world and going into countries which are way behind in the process, improving medical treatment everywhere they go.
Tuesday night they raised more than $1 million for the organization. The vast majority of the guests on this night were doctors and their spouses. At my table, there was a doctor and spouse who both were doctor and spouse (him and her). Parties where there are many doctors in attendance also bring out a certain kind of individual who is interested in supporting medical research. It is a very special kind of philanthropy and it is safe to say it is one of the few fields of philanthropy where contributors are in awe of and have deep respect for the medical profession. Doctors, generally speaking, have intense professions and work very hard and often under very stressful circumstances. But they’re into it, and so are their supporters.
Among those supporters last night were Ambassador William Vanden Heuvel and his wife Melinda, Marife Hernandez and Joel Bell, Diahn and Tom McGrath, George Soros, Sandy and Joan Weill, Vera and Donald Blinken, Daisy and Paul Soros, Stephanie Stokes, Martha Bograd, Alexander and Nancy Auersperg, Saundra Whitney and Paul Wallace, Mitzi Perdue, Elihu and Susan Rose, Gerhard Andlingder, Charles Gargano with Kelly Knight, and Donald and Barbara Tober.