The Salzburg Festival Society celebrated The Salzburg Festival with its annual black-tie evening, also announcing the 2019 season of the Salzburg Festival dedicated to the theme of Mythology. The program was presented by the Festival’s Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser and President Helga Rabl-Stadler, with an unforgettable musical program sung by Tenor Javier Camarena and Soprano Rosa Feola.
In 2019, the Directorate of the Salzburg Festival hope to kindle further interest and curiosity in myths from antiquity, which the Festival co-founder Hugo von Hofmannsthal saw as a ‘magic mirror’. Mythical tales from long ago still raise ever-relevant questions about human existence, addressing themes of war, flight, sacrifice, revenge, guilt and atonement. “Mythology means going to the root of everything and questioning what it means in our time,” the festival’s artistic director, Markus Hinterhäuser, said in a telephone interview about this edition of the festival, which will be his third at the helm. “Great mythological tales are always like a mirror — in every generation, every period.” (New York Times)
The inaugural Salzburg Festival Days in New York took place for three days, convening about 250 members and friends of the Salzburg Festival Society to join a special reception at a private home and a guided tour of the Delacroix exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The centerpiece was the Salzburg Festival Society Gala, sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management at the St. Regis New York with nearly 150 guests present.
Guests included: Gillian Attfield, Caroline Bassett, Edgar Batista, Tony Bechara, Joel Bell and Marife Hernandez, Susan and Richard Braddock, Noreen Buckfire, Nabil and Samantha Chartouni, Wim Kooyker and Judith-Ann Corrente, Isabelle Harnoncourt Feigen and Richard L. Feigen, Carole Bailey French and John French III, Susan Gutfreund, Alexandra Kauka Hamill and Sterling Hamill, Stephen and Debi Harnik, Maria Eugenia Maury and William Haseltine, Rolf Heitmeyer, Karen Hsu, Jill Collier Indyk, Kitty Isola, Frederick Koch, Marie and James Marles, Beatrix Medinger, Nina and Neal McElroy, Mary McFadden, Rita Mehos, Mary Kasser Mochary, Elisabeth and Karlheinz Muhr, Francis O’Neill, Christa Percopo, Jean Perin, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky, Isabella Ponta and Werner Ebm, Irene Rothschild, Daniel Rothschild, Sana Sabbagh, David Sadroff, Sima and Omar Sawaf, Marjorie Layden Schimberg, Cecilia and Guillermo Schultz, Bonnie Simon, Marie-Monique and Ray Steckel, Nicola Tegoni, Shamina Thalyarkahn, Luz Miriam Toro, Dorothée Volpini de Maestri and Alexa Wesner.
The Festival’s founding mission is to unite nations, foster peaceful relations and engage audience members through a common appreciation of music, opera and theater. “Without our members the artistic program of the Salzburg Festival would not be as rich, and additional projects could not be feasible”, Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival, states proudly.
The Salzburg Festival Society is based in New York, and was founded in 2005 serving as the official liaison between the Salzburg Festival and its American friends and patrons. With a dedicated board of directors and circle of friends the Salzburg Festival Society supports artists and productions of the Salzburg Festival, adding to the necessary funding that the Salzburg Festival receives annually. It provides its members with exclusive access to events and services related to the Festival. The broader mission of the Society is to advance the general public’s understanding and appreciation of classical music. The Salzburg Festival Society believes that the performing arts play a vital role toward enhancing, uniting and transforming society. The next Gala in New York will celebrate the Centennial Year for the Festival!
Ballet Palm Beach celebrated its patrons, leaders, and dancers when Theodora Aspegren and Robert Bailey hosted a festive holiday party, which gave an intimate preview of Dance Revealed. This will be the dance company’s main fundraiser scheduled for January 31st and the premiere event for the new Fritz gallery in Palm Beach.
The Dance Revealed benefit will feature cocktails and a special performance by Ballet Palm Beach dancers. Ballet legend Steve Caras will present. And guests will see a live auction of experiences; among those being a stage appearance in The Nutcracker at the Kravis Center in December 2019.
Dance Revealed will raise funds for productions, education, and outreach programs. The company produces stunning professional performances. It also initiates outreach in the community and abroad.
Company founder and artistic director Colleen Smith has a clear mission for the Palm Beach county dance company: “We enrich the community through our performances and outreach programs. In doing this we teach thousands of underserved families every year.”
For more information go to: www.balletpalmbeach.org or call: 561-630-8235
Palm Beach inside and out. Palm Beach interior designer Gil Walsh and beau Johnny Johnson celebrated the holiday season in high style with a cocktail party at Gil’s chic, newly opened design studio. Guests packed the soaring design library for drinks and hors d’oeuvres, served up by caterer Tim Edwards‘ handsome squadron, while jazz saxaphonist Miguel Newberry provided the quintessential cool vibe. There: Gina Mortara, Tom Quick and Mike Donnell, Kips Bay’s Nazira Handel, Steven Stolman and Rich Wilkie and scores more.
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Photographs by CAPEHART (Ballet Palm Beach)