200 toast the new year during Pittsburgh Opera's Auld Lang Syne IV
Hosting a party on New Year's Eve is a risky move, considering all of those high-pressure resolutions flying around.
“Honestly, I haven't even thought of that yet,” admitted Bill Benter upon arrival to the Carnegie Music Hall with his wife, Vivian. “I guess I should.”
The sentiment was shared among the vast majority of the 200 VIPs holding the $500 golden ticket to the Pittsburgh Opera's Auld Lang Syne IV New Year's Eve Gala and Concert, although there were those who came prepared. “I have to be honest with you,” confided Melanie Crockard, with her husband, Jim. “I try to stay driven all year long. ... Maybe to people who love me, I should be a little more tender.” Some were staying mum. “Oh, I can't say,” board prez Clyde Jones remarked coyly.
Elsewhere, a circle of admirers gathered 'round as music director Antony Walker proudly showed off pictures of his newborn daughter, Geneviève Hélène Fichtel, while sympathizers flocked to board chair Michele Fabrizi (with Myron Tomb) as she showed off her latest accessory: a cast covering her right arm.
“I slipped on some ice this morning,” Fabrizi said. “Although, I need to come up with something more interesting than that. ... Maybe I should say I broke it skiing.”
While Finesse entertained with an appearance by Peaches — she of Peaches & Herb fame — event chairs Rose Kutsenkow and Roseanne Wholey (with Dr. Mark), honorary chair Kathy White, Dr. John and Dolores Barber, Virginia and John DiPucci, Dr. Lisa Cibik and Bernie Kobosky, Catherine and Mark Loevner, Nicholas and Susan Loutsion, Nachum Golan and Steve Hough, Gene Welsh and David McAdams, and Steven Mendelson and Toni Chiappini dined; whilst out of doors, those who opted for a concert or concert-and-party ticket started lining up for a performance by Resident Artists and the official countdown to 2013.
“I suspect you have a glass in front of you. Raise it, and let's toast the Pittsburgh Opera and the new year,” proclaimed general director Christopher Hahn (with Ron Booth).
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pittsburgh Italian Scholarship Fund dinner honors scholars
- Sisters Place’s revisits 1920s with Friends at the Tables benefit
- Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest gala raises $297,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Heart to Hart: Friends rally to save the Carrie Deer