|The Caramoor International Music Festival launched its summer season in Katonha with a gala evening in a “garden of great music,” the 63rd annual summer festival in the Venetian Theater with Michael Barrett leading the Orchestra of St. Luke's with guest artists Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Igor Begelman, clarinet; and Jon Kimura Parker, piano, playing works by Copland, Bernstein, Fauré, and Gershwin.
|Opening Night Gala honorees were long-time advocates for the American arts in Paris, Samuel and Judith Pisar of Manhattan and Paris. Co-chairs are Patricia and Edward Falkenberg of Manhattan and Scarsdale, and Pamela and John Hervey of Katonah. Opening Night was sponsored, in part, through the generous support of Reach Capital Management, LP.
The evening began with cocktails in the Reception Tent and Italian Pavilion in Caramoor’s magnificent gardens, followed by a French-inspired dinner, created by Great Performances. The concert was followed by dessert and dancing with the artists at “Club Caramoor.” The attire for the evening was Paris Chic.
|The story of Caramoor is the astonishing legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who built the great house and filled it with their treasures. Mr. Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate. His dream was to create a place to entertain friends from around the world. Their musical evenings were the seeds of today’s International Music Festival. Realizing the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor – the house with its art collection; the gardens; and the musical programs on summer evenings – the Rosens established a Foundation to open Caramoor to the public in perpetuity. Lucie Rosen survived her husband by seventeen years. During those years, she expanded the Music Festival: The Spanish Courtyard was used as a setting for musical events, as it is today. Under her direction, the great stage of the Venetian Theater was built.|
|Oceana, the largest international organization focused solely on protecting the oceans, held a reception at Christie's where the auction house was also holding its Ocean Liner auction preview.
The event showcased a life preserver from R.M.S. Titanic, never before seen in public. It is the first preserver from the doomed ship ever to be offered for sale in North America and is one of only six known to be in existence. The night after this reception, the preserver was sold at auction at Christie’s for $68,500.
All proceeds from the Oceana event, sponsored by AIG Environmental and Nautica, benefited the marine conservation efforts of Oceana.
More than 140 attended and received a private tour of the Christie’s Ocean Liner preview, learning the history of each item. Bettina Alonso, the head of Oceana’s New York office and Vice President of Global Development, Law & Order star and Oceana board member Sam Waterston, as well as Oceana Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist Mike Hirshfield also spoke to the guests.
|Oceana’s work continues to grow in importance as worldwide overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and global climate change deplete the oceans. Scientists have projected that if current trends in human activity continue all commercially fished species could collapse by the middle of this century.
Mike Hirschfield told the guests that “The exhibit at Christie’s is about the ocean surface. Oceana’s purpose is to find out what is going on under the ocean’s surface and do something about it.” To learn more about Oceana’s mission, campaigns and victories, visit: www.oceana.org .
To view the complete results of the auction, click here .
|The Young Patrons Circle of American Friends of the Louvre (AFL) hosted its inaugural New York benefit, Soirée au Louvre last week with more than 200 gathering at Espace on West 42nd Street.
Candida Höfer, the world renowned photographer, granted AFL the exclusive rights to project her monumental images of the Louvre’s beautiful galleries as part of the event.
Funds raised will support a major educational initiative at the Museum — the translation into English of the Louvre’s online collections database, Atlas. The database gives open online access to the 35,000 works of art on exhibit at the Louvre.
With more than 10 million visitors accessing the Louvre’s web site each year, the new translation is expected to benefit millions of English-speakers around the globe.
The Young Patrons Circle of American Friends of the Louvre was launched in 2006 to engage young professionals and art lovers in supporting one of the world’s greatest museums.
The group is individuals between ages 21 and 40 who enjoy social and academically-focused forums in which to share their interest in the Louvre, philanthropy and French culture.
|The Nature Conservancy’s Beaches and Bays Gala was held in East Hampton at the home of Libby and Shahab Karmely (the former home of Robert D. L. Gardiner). There was a dinner catered by Glorious Food, dancing to Paul Richard’s Band from Hank Lane Productions and an after party for the juniors with desserts and cocktails until midnight.
The mission of the Nature conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth, by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. No small task, and getting larger and larger by the day.
To learn more, visit their website: www.nature.org/longisland 
|Photographs by Gabe Palacio (Caramoor); ©PatrickMcMullan.com; Jon Dee (Oceana).|