Fanfare: Pittsburgh Opera's New Year's Eve Gala
Cocktail hour was still incubating during the Pittsburgh Opera's New Year's Eve gala when promptings of resolutions began to unfold with the usual proclamations.
“His resolution is to be less pretty,” said Ali Good of her friend, Nick Davidson.
“It's really hard,” he conceded.
Two hundred and fifty guests arrived at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on Dec. 31 for the annual soiree, where a sit-down dinner segued into a performance featuring the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Resident Artists Andy Berry, Leah de Gruyl, Eric Ferring, Shannon Jennings, Claudia Rosenthal, Taylor Raven, and Brian Vu as they recalled the Christmas Television Specials of the 1950s.
Meanwhile, the young and restless were lured into Scaife Hall for the Fete portion of the evening although its low simmer inspired a migration back to the main event where Protégé was getting ready to take the stage.
While Bill and Vivian Benter, Kate Freed and Jack Brice, Tacy Byham and Ted Wiegand, Roseanne and Dr. Mark Wholey, and Mildred Posvar mingled on the sidelines, it didn't take too long for the dance floor to fill to capacity with the likes of board chair Michele Fabrizi, Miss Pennnsylvania 2016 Elena LaQuatra and Jordan Bukowski, Bear Brandegee, and Nancy and John Traina, who promised that a swing from the chandelier was forthcoming.
“Shortly,” he laughed. “Give me a couple of minutes. I have to work off the bourbon I've been drinking.”
Making the list were board president Gene Welsh, general director Christopher Hahn and Ron Booth, Dr. Lisa Cibik and Bernie Kobosky, Pat and Michele Atkins, Jack Kerr, Hale and Judy Oliver, Virginia and John DiPucci, Mary Anne and Vic Papale, Nachum Golan and Steve Hough, Doug and Marylynn Heuck, Dan Gorchynsky, Sam Gannaway and Brian Walton.