Mayor Michael Bloomberg and
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LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
High Society in High Gear
To Mark Cultural Milestone
By Roger Webster
OSTS Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo traded jokes and compliments during the recent star-studded celebration of the 25th anniversary of Live From Lincoln Center, the award winning television series created and produced by John Goberman.
They introduced such legends, as Jessye Norman, Helen Huang and Itzhak Perlman who performed live, and a video montage of program highlights that Goberman put together. Mayor Mike Bloomberg paid homage to Beverly as New York City’s greatest ambassador.
Muffie Potter Aston, Thomas A. Renyi,
Beverly Sills, Joseph Perella,
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The performance ended on a brassy note, with famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his jazz band playing When the Saints Go Marching In right off the stage, leading the audience of 650 to the promenade, where they were charmed by the stunning candle-and-flower centerpieces and a giant “25” fashioned out of 2,500 black magic roses designed by Matthew David.
During the delicious dinner created by Glorious Foods, Ms. Sills introduced benefit co-chairs Muffie Potter Aston, Daisy Soros, Joseph Perella of Morgan Stanley, and Thomas A. Renyi of The Bank of New York. She presented Lillian Vernon and American Express Company’s Kenneth I. Chenault with Lincoln Center’s Laureate Award for benevolence.
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Among those gracing the evening were Helen Gurley Brown, Isabella Rossellini, Libby Pataki, Imaculada de Habsburgo, novelist Mary Higgins Clark, New York City Ballet’s Peter Martins and Darci Kistler, Regina Resnik, Dr. Sherrell Aston, Paul Soros, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Denise Rich, Kathryn Chenault, Beth Renyi, Georgette Mosbacher, Carol and Earle Mack, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Gigi and Adrienne Vittadini, Allison and Leonard Stern, Mary and Marvin Davidson, Barbaralee Diamonstein and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, Linda and Mort Janklow, Pilar Crespi , Steve Robert, Ann and Bill Ziff, Saundra Whitney and Paul Wallace, Hon. Schuyler and Catia Chapin, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, R. Couri Hay, CeCe Cord, David Patrick Columbia and Arnold Scaasi.
The evening raised $1.6 million to insure that people all over the country can continue to experience the best of the performing arts right in their own living rooms. Bravissimo!