Thursday, November 3, 2016

New York State of Mind

School's out. 4:12 PM. Photo: JH.
Thursday, November 3, 2016. Mainly overcast and much warmer yesterday in New York with the temperature hitting 72 although with a touch of chill to it.

Last night, with this plethora of galas filling the autumn calendar, the New York Landmarks Conservancy held their annual “Living Landmarks Celebration” at the landmarked Plaza Hotel ballroom. They honored Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE and Robert Bradford, Larry Leeds, Wynton Marsalis, Mary Lake Polan and Frank Bennack and Nina and Tim Zagat. This is one of the great ones, and they fill the room every year with Peter Duchin (a Living Landmark from way back) and his Orchestra along with my favorite songstress Roberta Fabiano.
Tim and Nina Zagat accepting their Living Landmarks Award with emcee, Landmark Paul Binder.
Born and bred New Yorker, Larry Leeds, making his acceptance speech.
Frank Bennack and Mary Lake Polan with Paul Binder.
Best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford and Bob Bradford.
The man, Wynton Marsalis, a New Orleans boy who came to New York to study at Juilliard, met and played with the greatest of them and now heads Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Paul Binder and Roberto Fabiano sing their lyrics about New York's Living Landmarks to Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind."
Last Thursday night, also at the Plaza ballroom: As soon as he took the stage of the Plaza Hotel ballroom, Christie’s auctioneer Adrien Meyer showed a magnum of Cheval Blanc and asked, ‘Anyone interested at 100 dollars?’ Hands rose in the air, so did the price.

One of the main objectives of the annual Trophée des Arts, which was held on October 28th, was to raise more than $1.3 million to support the French Institute Alliance Française's (FIAF) educational and cultural programs.
Sophie L'Helias Delattre, Marie-Monique Steckel, Jean-Paul Agon, and Adrien Meyer.
Once the auction got in full swing, Larry Gagosian decided not to let that bottle pass by and for $8,000, the Cheval Blanc was his. At the Gagosian table was his friend for 30 years, Trophée des Arts 2016 guest of honor Jeff Koons, as well as honoree L’Oréal Chairman Jean-Paul Agon who was awarded the Pilier d’Or 2016.

“This year’s recipients are pioneers and adventurers,” explained FIAF President Marie-Monique Steckel. “There is no doubt that each of them is a leader in beauty and exploration.”

The bottle of wine set the auction atmosphere and record-breaking funds were raised to support classes, and programs at France’s premier cultural destination in New York City. But it was the live auctioned Jeff Koons’ artworks that created an unexpected artistic dialogue.
Chrissie Erpf and Larry Gagosian.
Gary McCraw, Jeff Koons, and Sebastian Lombardo.
Jean-Paul Agon and Ron Agam.
François Delattre and Olivia Flatto.
One of the pieces was a Bernardaud vase adapted from the Split Rocker sculpture that Koons created in 2000 at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. When Jean-Paul Agon won the final bid at $22,000, Adrien Meyer got so excited that he broke Agon’s dining plate.

The other piece was one of the rare Koons’ lithographs, Monkey Train (Dots). “A very French piece,” Koons explained. “I was inspired by Picabia’s 1920 Portrait of Cezanne,” which shows a monkey and its trail. “It is about mortality and sexual tension,” Koons added.
Olivia Walton.
Gagosian jumped in, emphasizing that “Jeff makes very few limited editions,” and he suggested $15,000 as a starting price. The print eventually sold for $38,000.
Still a bargain for one of the guests who included former Bloomberg and NBC anchor Olivia Walton (who presided over the award ceremony); Elisabeth and Bob Wilmers; artists and art dealers Ron Agam, Paula Cooper, Christine Erpf, Siri Kuptamethee, Gary McCraw, the grandson of Picasso’s lithographer, Eric Mourlot, and Richard and Elodie Taittinger; President of the American friends of the Paris Opera and Ballet Olivia Flatto; publishers Martine and Prosper Assouline; designer Anne Fontaine; Lazard Chairman and CEO Kenneth Jacobs; choreographer Jérôme Bel; Bernardaud Executive director Frédéric Bernardaud; author Nathalie Regnault Sann; beauty leader Clémence von Mueffling; L’Oréal North America President Frédéric Rozé; Virginie Morgon and Marc Abelin; New York City real estate developer Harry Macklowe; and French Ambassador to the United Nations François Delattre.
Judith Pisar and Leah Pisar-Haas. Prosper and Martine Assouline.
Virginie Morgon and Marc Abelin. Clemence and WIlliam von Mueffling.
Jérôme Bel and Lili Chopra. Anne Fontaine.
To Koons, art is a way to connect people in society.

“When you are able to educate children through the arts, it connects them to all of the humanities; it allows them to accept themselves as human beings; and once you accept yourself, you can go out into the world and you can accept other people. That really is what the journey of art is.”
Jean Paul Agon, Sophie Agon, Justine Koons, Jeff Koons, and Marie-Monique Steckel.
This past Monday night the American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra launched the US Premier Concert at the Metropolitan Club conducted by Maestro Marios Papadopoulos. The evening featured a performance by world renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov. Maestro Vengerov is widely regarded as the greatest violinist of our time, and the pride of the Russian classical music world. He and the principals from the Orchestra performed Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings and Brahms Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3.

The American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic has been formed to bring the orchestra to the United States, with an established concert series beginning in 2018. The orchestra’s Royal Patrons, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent came over from London to attend.
Roddy Gow, Marios Papadopoulos, April Riddle Gow, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, and Ambassador Matthew Rycroft
It was an especially lovely evening co-chaired by Lord Patten of Barnes CH PC, and James Sherwood. Dinner Vice Chairmen were Dafna Meitar-Nechmad and Ann Nitze. Among the 150 guests attending were Noreen and Kenneth Buckfire, Jackie Drake, Emily Frick, Mai Harrison, Ambassador and Mrs. Andrew Jacovides, Christina Keesee, Lady Kenny, Patricia Kluge, Margo Langenberg, Fred Koch, Spiros Milonas, Diana Quasha, His Excellency Ambassador and Mrs. Matthew Rycroft, Susan and Elihu Rose, Sana Sabbagh, Daisy Soros, Barbara and Donald Tober, Saundra Whitney.
Maxim Vengerov
Principals of the Oxford Philharmonic
The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra was founded eighteen years ago in 1998, and is Oxford’s professional symphony orchestra and the Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford. They present a series of concerts featuring some of the world’s greatest artists, including: Maxim Vengerov, Andras Schiff, Janine Jansen, Pinchas Zukerman, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Renee Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Nigel Kennedy, Nicola Benedetti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martha Argerich, Lang Lang and Valery Gergiev. In the UK they perform in the intimate environment of Sir Christopher Wren’s seventeenth-century Sheldonian Theatre where Hayden himself conducted in 1774.

Under Maestro Papadopoulos’s leadership the orchestra has achieved world class status. Unique to this Orchestra is the master classes offered to Oxford students transferring knowledge and expertise from one generation to the next , bringing together youth and experience, nurturing talent and providing a comprehensive education to ensure the future of world class classical music around the globe.
Elihu Rose and Barbara Tober
Beatrice Von Haagenfels
Saundra Whitney
Giosetta Capriati, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser
Dafna Meitar Nechmad, Ofra Meitar, and Polly Onet
Dafna Meitar Nechmad, Aviad Meitar, Ofra Meitar, Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, Ann Nitze, and William Nitze
Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, and Ambassador Matthew Rycroft
Michele and Peter Faulkner
Donald Tober, Barbara Tober, Susan Rose, and Elihu Rose
Patricia Kluge, William Moses, Dr. Shirley Sherwood, James Sherwood, Mary Jane Pool, Robert Riggs, and Wendy Riggs
Margo Langenberg, Roberta Sandeman, and Kari Tiedemann
Deborah and Craig Cogut
Diana Quasha, Teresa Madero, Jacqueline Weld Drake, and Polly Onet
Debbie Hamilton and Reggie Bahl
Lief and Joanna Rosenblatt
Robert Kwan, Barbara Burian, Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, and Mary Gojkovitch
Luis Camarate, Debbie Hamilton, Marianne Wyman, and Reggie Bahl
Mary Gojkovitch, Princess Michael of Kent, and Barbara Burian
Aniko Gaal, Nancy O'Sullivan, and Mai Hallingby Harrison
Peter Heywood, Shirley Lord Rosenthal, Princess Katherine of Serbia, and Prince Alexander of Serbia
Arnie Rosenshein and Paola Bacchini Rosenshein
Wallace Turner, Emily Frick, and Roddy Gow
Aniko Gaal, Princess Michael of Kent, Alberto Mariaca, and Annabelle Mariaca
Frances Lagatta-Shelton and Bill Bruder
Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill and Lady Mary Tetum
This past Monday, November 1, The New York Foundling hosted its second annual Fall Fête at The Prince George Ballroom in New York City. Coinciding with the first day of National Adoption Awareness Month, over 300 influential business professionals, community leaders and philanthropists assembled to give back to The Foundling's mission to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and families in New York City.

NY1's Morning News anchor Pat Kiernan emceed the event, which featured a performance from Haven Kids Rock, the musical group from the Foundling's charter school Mott Haven Academy in the Bronx, who sang originally-composed songs about their experiences in the child welfare system as well as covers of popular tunes.
Haven Kids Rock, the musical group from the Foundling's charter school Mott Haven Academy in the Bronx.
Raquel Rendon provided a face to the thousands of foster youth The New York Foundling helps by sharing her experiences in foster care and how Foundling programs such as Road to Success tutoring, the Digital Inclusion Program, and the Foundling and ACS' new College Dorm Project have helped provide the tools she needed to graduate high school and overcome the obstacles in her path. BNY Mellon was honored with the Corporate Citizenship Award for their devotion to empowering foster youth through technology training, and the Alex Minasian Jazz Trio entertained guests throughout the evening.
Pat Kiernan.
Karen Peetz, President of BNY Mellon. Raquel Rendon, a New York Foundling client.
"New York Foundling gave me something that I didn't have before – and that was a family," said Raquel. "The Foundling does more than place kids in foster homes. They give kids a sense of empowerment, and they made learning academically possible and achievable for me. I'm thankful to everyone from The Foundling who has helped me over the past five years, as they've become my support system, my friends, and my family."

"The New York Foundling believes in the long-term value of helping children, and the best predictor of long-term achievement is education," said Kiernan. "We thank all who support The Foundling's programs that ensure the success of New York City's foster youth, helping them to reach their goals."
Haven Kids Rock.

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Oxford Philharmonic); Katie Lyman
(New York Foundling)

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