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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Phil Hits 175

Violinist Itzhak Perlman said, “My goal is to not be bored by what I do by playing something that’s all new to me.” He will perform and conduct Beethoven romances at the New York Philharmonic on November 15. Pearlman joined composer Karen LeFrak, Michael Urie, Bernadette Peters, Josh Groban, Judith and Leonard Lauder, Coralie and Dennis Paul, Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis, and Virginia and Peter Duchin at the opening of the Phil’s 175th anniversary season chaired by Daisy Soros. Alan Gilbert conducted, as jazz pianist Aaron Diehl made his brilliant debut performing Gershwin’s Concerto in F which the composer once described as being “an orgy of rhythms.” The night raised $2.5 million, with the support of its sponsors BMW, Citibank and Emirates Airlines.

Billion-Dollar Bride

Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Princess Beatrice, Poppy Delevingne, Larry Gagosian, Lauren Santo Domingo, Owen Wilson and Sienna Miller were among those whooping it up at the $20 million wedding of Colby Jordan to art dealer Alberto “Tico” Mugrabi, who owns the world’s largest collection of Andy Warhol paintings. The 1,000-piece set is worth more than $1 billion. The site of the nuptials at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc was turned into Fort Knox. Nearly 1,000 armed guards were on hand to protect the 600 guests, who included Dasha Zhukova, Coco Brandolini D’Adda, Heidi Klum, Vito Schnabel, Karlie Kloss, Susan and John Hess, Jamie Tisch, John Theodoracopulos, Georgia May Jagger, Tony Shafrazi, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Aby Rosen and Samantha Boardman, and Jeffrey Deitch, as well as celebrity nurse injector Jane Scher, who is the mother of Mia Rowe, and Libbie Mugrabi, Tico’s sister-in-law. Jordan’s father, Jay Colby, said, “It will be the safest place on the planet.” He even hired falconers with specially trained hawks to strike down the drones of the the paparazzi, which became a hot topic with the private plane set preparing to fly to Art Miami. The bride wore a Valentino gown with a Cathedral length train. The Gipsy Kings and Nile Rodgers performed and Mark Ronson spun during the three-day affair.

Queen of Saratoga Turns 90

Racehorse owner Marylou Whitney “re-celebrated her 19th birthday” and turning 90 at the National Museum of Horse Racing Ball. Bob Hardwick and his orchestra serenaded the “Queen of Saratoga” with an original song titled “Marylou.” She confided she’s had several near-death experiences. “When I come back home from the hospital, I say, ‘I fooled them again,’” she said.

Bill Clinton Flags 70

Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, solved the problem of what to give the man who may end up back in the White House as Hillary’s “First Mate” on his birthday. Bill Clinton has been showing friends a pair of World War II Liberation flags, one American and one British. The pair of handmade flags from Jeff Bridgman Antiques was made in France to celebrate the arrival of U.S. and British troops after their victories over the Nazis in 1944. The flags have special meaning to the former president, who was born in Arkansas. The unique U.S. flag features 25 stars because the French were never sure how many to sew on the flags. Ironically, Arkansas was the 25th state to enter the Union; the U.K. flag nodded at Bill’s time at Oxford. Barbra Streisand, Jon Bon Jovi and Wynton Marsalis performed at his natal fete, which doubled as a fundraiser for the Clinton Foundation.

Blue Heaven

Founders Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman named AD100 designer Tony Ingrao the guest curator of the avant-garde gallery R & Company. The exhibition is titled “Blue Heaven. “Ingrao told the cognoscenti, including Rafael Viñoly: “Bold forms and remarkable craftsmanship is the focus in this study, set in a cool blue field, inspired by Yves Klein. Each of the collected pieces exhibit their own distinctive, and arguably divine, silhouettes.” Ingrao and his partner, Randy Kemper, the interior designers to the rich and richer, have created homes for everyone from Jack Welch to Howard Stern. This important collection of contemporary furniture and objets d’art ranged from a Gaetano Pesce sofa alongside a Kelly Behun Studio side table to Frank Gehry’s iconic armchair made of corrugated cardboard.

Budapest Festival Orchestra

The Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) kicked off their New York season with a party at Sylvia Hemingway’s and a concert at the Hungarian Consulate as a prelude to its Lincoln Center gala on February 5, 2017. Supporters include Kati Marton, Victoria Wyman, Cole Rumbough, David and Julie Tobey, Stephen and Radka Benko, Noreen and Ken Buckfire, George Kellner, Tim Warner, Christine Schott and George Leeds. The orchestra is one of the international music scene’s major success stories, being listed as one the top ten orchestras in the world. The company’s music director and conductor Iván Fischer recently won the Gramophone Artist of the Year Award.

Social Safari

Adrien Brody, who will be showing some new paintings at Ben Rimon Projects at Art Miami from November 29 through December 4, told me, “I have stopped acting. I’m not suggesting that I have no ambitions to act. What I’ve determined is I have found an outlet that is very clear and preferential to many of the film endeavors that were accessible to me. I’m taking the time to nurture something else that is so important to me.” Two hundred international galleries, showcasing nearly 2,000 artists from 60 countries, will be present at this fair and its sister show, Context Art Miami.……Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo presented Akris creative director Albert Kriemler with the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT’s Award for Artistry of Fashion. Audrey Gruss cochaired the annual luncheon with Lisa Klein. Fargo laughed from the podium, “Good choice, Audrey,” as they were both wearing the same leopard print dress. Notable attendees included Martha Stewart, Judith Ripka, Hamish Bowles, Judith Giuliani, Joe Zee, Yaz Hernández, Liz Peek, Alexandra Lebenthal and Valerie Steele, the director of FIT.……Laurie Tisch, Anne Delaney and Jean Shafiroff spoke about how to get everyone from children to empty nesters involved with philanthropy at the New York Women’s Foundation Lunch at Le Cirque, which Jean hosted. The organization is a voice for women and a force for change.……On another night, Jewel Morris’s Pet Circle Philanthropy honored Shafiroff for her animal advocacy.… Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas spoke at the Roger Vergé tribute dinner organized by Daniel Boulud and event marketer Herb Karlitz. The event doubled as a benefit for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. The night featured dishes by 20 top chefs, including Emeril Lagasse, Francis Mallmann and Georgette Farkas. Stone confided Vergé told her, “Love is the magic ingredient in cooking.”…… Leesa Rowland and Dara Sowell hosted a benefit for Last Chance for Animals, an organization that advocates for animal rights. Speakers included Edie Falco and the group’s president, Chris DeRose. Φ


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