ATLA November 2012 : Page 34

Patricia and Senih Geray – BERT WESLEY HUFFMAN, ATLANTA OPERA 34 | | November 2012 PHOTOS BY JIM FITTS THE RADAR | NOW! Tim Sheehan bids on (and wins!) a live auction item. Wendy and Bob King Marian Goldberg and Doug Weiss Eli and Heather Flint Dawne Morgan and Greg Worthy Mezzo-soprano Kristin Vienneau performs the Habañera from Bizet’s opera Carmen. Marianela Belloso and Carlos Acosta from the Caló Theater Company perform the Sevillanas. ON THE SCENE Sultry Spain The Atlanta Opera Ball at The St. Regis, Atlanta THE PARTY Bienveindos a Sevilla ! e 2012 Atlanta Opera Ball’s A Night in Seville was inspired by the 2012 season’s opening production of Carmen . Tony Brewer & Company transformed the grand ballroom into a beautiful Spanish Courtyard where guests could dance and dine in true Seville style. Black paper fans in hand, guests fanned themselves as the evening began to sizzle. THE PLAYERS Eli and Heather Flint, Michael Taormina, Honorable Vice Consul of Spain Ignacio Taboada and Maria Diego THE SCENE With nonstop entertainment, the black-tie a air never lulled: Surrounded by alluring amenco dancers, notes of a Spanish guitar and the sounds of an operatic serenade, guests felt as though they spent the evening in the south of Spain. Even dinner carried Carmen ’s charm with Spanish delicacies prepared by chef Joe Trevino. –Nia Dural “ [It was] a feast for the senses, beautiful décor evocative of a Spanish castle and the magnifi cent sound of opera in the air. It was truly a night to remember.”

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Sultry Spain<br /> <br /> The Atlanta Opera Ball at The St. Regis, Atlanta<br /> <br /> THE PARTY <br /> <br /> Bienveindos a Sevilla! e 2012 Atlanta Opera Ball’s A Night in Seville was inspired by the 2012 season’s opening production of Carmen. Tony Brewer & Company transformed the grand ballroom into a beautiful Spanish Courtyard where guests could dance and dine in true Seville style. Black paper fans in hand, guests fanned themselves as the evening began to sizzle.<br /> <br /> THE PLAYERS <br /> <br /> Eli and Heather Flint, Michael Taormina, Honorable Vice Consul of Spain Ignacio Taboada and Maria Diego <br /> <br /> THE SCENE<br /> <br /> With nonstop entertainment, the black-tie a air never lulled: Surrounded by alluring amenco dancers, notes of a Spanish guitar and the sounds of an operatic serenade, guests felt as though they spent the evening in the south of Spain. Even dinner carried Carmen’s charm with Spanish delicacies prepared by chef Joe Trevino. –Nia Dural<br /> <br /> “ [It was] a feast for the senses, beautiful décor evocative of a Spanish castle and the magnificent sound of opera in the air. It was truly a night to remember.”<br /> <br /> Twirl & Whirl <br /> <br /> Corps de Ballet luncheon at The Ritz- Carlton, Buckhead <br /> <br /> THE PARTY <br /> <br /> The revamped ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead with its updated gray, white and silver motif was the perfect backdrop for Neiman Marcus’ Art of Fashion rock ‘n’ roll runway show, bene ting the Atlanta Ballet.<br /> <br /> THE PLAYERS <br /> <br /> Corrie Johnson, Christan Eiler Wojcik, Merry Carlos, Harrison Rohr, Laura Seydel, Patti Wallace, Paula Dickey, Kim Lape, Joanne Chesler Gross, Mary Frances Garrett, Kristy Robison <br /> <br /> THE SCENE <br /> <br /> Decked in couture fall attire, models strutted the runway to anti-classical notes—Guns N’ Roses and other rock music lent the ballroom an informal, lively vibe. Ballerinas followed closely behind, leaping and twirling down the catwalk to avante garde music. –Courtney Bowers<br /> <br /> “ Look! There are blue and green fur vests. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fur that matched everything?!”<br /> <br /> Homegrown Happiness <br /> <br /> March of Dimes’ The Farmer & The Chef at The Ritz- Carlton, Buckhead <br /> <br /> THE PARTY <br /> <br /> Top toques and local farmers came together for an inaugural feast supporting March of Dimes’ mission of healthier babies through wiser food choices.<br /> <br /> THE PLAYERS <br /> <br /> Michael McConnell, Hilary White, Ron Eyester, Todd Richards, Franck Steigerwald<br /> <br /> THE SCENE <br /> <br /> The Ritz’s new ballroom was the battleground for bidding as invitees sipped cocktails during the live auction. Guests experienced healthy eating that didn’t come at the cost of their taste buds with delectable hors d’oeuvres and a ne fourcourse meal prepared by chefs White, Eyester, Richards and Steigerwald. At the hands of the four amazing chefs, dinner was about location, location, location, with Georgia’s own homegrown ingredients. –ND<br /> <br /> “ We didn’t think that a chic farm-to-table event was possible, but the March of Dimes proved us wrong, with this being one of the most elegant and entertaining nights of our year!”<br /> <br /> The Music Room <br /> <br /> The Overture Gala at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre <br /> <br /> THE PARTY <br /> <br /> Scat, scat! Jazz lled the ballroom as legends Al Jarreau and Ramsey Lewis entertained the guests who came to celebrate the fth anniversary of the Cobb Energy Centre in a scene styled by A Legendary Event.<br /> <br /> THE PLAYERS <br /> <br /> Helen and Jimmy Carlos, Dr. Bobbie Bailey, Melanie Boltax, Karen and John Spiegel, Tony Conway, Susan Tucker, Joanne Tru elman<br /> <br /> THE SCENE <br /> <br /> This black-tie a air had guests feeling the music with a live concert, cocktails and dinner. ArtsBridge students welcomed guests during the cocktail hour, and Executive Chef M.G. Farris crafted a lovely meal, but the highlight of the night was the JazzRoots performance. –ND<br /> <br /> “ ArtsBridge has offered quality arts education and community outreach to more than 160,000 students and educators and over 26 public school districts since its establishment five years ago.”<br /> <br /> – HELEN CARLOS, CO-CHAIR<br /> <br /> Here’s Hoping <br /> <br /> Hope Flies: Catch for the Cure at Mason Murer Art Gallery <br /> <br /> THE PARTY <br /> <br /> The din of excited conversations and funky ’70s soft rock bounced o the walls of the spacious and elegant gallery that played host to the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine’s third annual fundraiser. emed Hope Flies: Catch the Cure, the event raised a whopping $220,000 to directly bene t mitochondrial disease research and new treatments.<br /> <br /> THE PLAYERS <br /> <br /> David and Paula Dickey, Margaret and Chris Martin, Heather and David Edmiston, Virginia and Matt Maguire <br /> <br /> THE SCENE <br /> <br /> Close to 500 well-heeled guests sipped on cool refreshments by Georgia Crown and enjoyed bites by Endive catering, while mingling among the colorful paintings. e dance oor was never empty as Yacht Rock Revue played one hit after the next. –CB “ <br /> <br /> When people took a break from the dancing, they could enjoy the gorgeous artwork. Plus, the crowd had a great energy and everyone was generous with their wallets!” <br /> <br /> – VIRGINIA MAGUIRE, CO-CHAIR<br /> <br /> Garden Party <br /> <br /> Garden of Eden Ball at Atlanta Botanical Garden <br /> <br /> THE PARTY <br /> <br /> Unlike any black-tie gala we’ve been to, there was no silent auction, no bid paddles and no requests for more contributions. The Garden of Eden Ball’s Celebration of the Seasons was an evening solely about thanking all of those who have contributed to the gardens and its successful $55 million capital campaign which resulted in the Canopy Walk, parking facility, new visitor center and more.<br /> <br /> THE PLAYERS <br /> <br /> Paula and David Dickey, Tom and Kim Lape, Meg and Je Arnold, Bri and Mary Pat Matheson, Anna and Richard Pare, Dina Woodru<br /> <br /> THE SCENE <br /> <br /> Parties to Die For used metallic gold and shimmering aqua to transform e Great Lawn into an enchanting setting. Guests sipped on cocktails in the Levy Parterre, then followed a high school marching band down to a gourmet three-course dinner where a 12-piece band provided mood music, and later dancing tunes. –CB <br /> <br /> “ Like seeds in a garden, we hope Atlanta’s love and support for the Atlanta Botanical Garden continues to grow!” <br /> <br /> – KIM LAPE, CO-CHAIR <br /> <br /> TURN TO PAGE 102 FOR MORE SCENE<br /> <br />

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