Gala. American Ballet Theatre celebrated its return to New York City Center with its Fall Opening Night Gala. The evening featured the New York City premiere of a new work by Demis Volpi, Martha Clarke’s The Garden of Villandry and Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room. The program also featuredTharp’s Sinatra Suite, a suite of dances from Nine Sinatra Songs, set to classic songs by Frank Sinatra with costumes by Oscar de la Renta. The evening honored Matthew Rubel with The Melville Straus Leadership Achievement Award. An elegant black tie dinner dance at The Plaza Hotelimmediately followed the performance, with music byTimo and Alan. Gift bags were provided by Sprinkles Cupcakes.
Co-Chairs included: Gala Co-Chairs Muffie Potter Aston and Sherrell Aston,Gala Co-Chairs Lisa and Richard Cashin, Gala Co-Chairs Ashley and Jeffrey McDermott, Gala Co-Chairs Susan and David Sherman, Junior Co-ChairJennifer Holmes, and Junior Co-Chair Emily Reifel.