'Mourners' turn out in style as Pittsburgh's Chatham Baroque marks 300th anniversary of Louis XIV's death
You never know how guests are going to embrace a party teased as a “macabre fantasy,” but ChathamBaroque struck gold when it took a walk on the dark side during its 16th annual Twelfth Night Gala.
“I don't know if I was in a bad mood that day, but I said, ‘Let's have a funeral,' ” said executive director Marc Giosi.
The “Death of Louis XIV” tribute on Jan. 10 began with a glass of champagne and an abundance of takers on the funeral chic dress code as VIPs filtered into the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center at 805/ 807 Liberty Ave., evidence that mourning needn't always be a fashionless endeavor.
“Death becomes me,” quipped Clyde Jones.
With the dinner party in full swing, host Anna Singer welcomed the likes of Murry andCindy Gerber, Bill andVivian Benter, Carol Massaro, David andGabriela Porges, Dr. LarryLeahy andJohn Vandegrift, David McAdams andGene Welsh, David Bush andTim McVay, Betsy andTom Teti, Nancy andJohn Traina, Catherine Loevner, Manny andDeb Reich, Kimberly Francis, and master of ceremonies Brian Siewiorek.
From there, Chatham Baroque'sAndrew Fouts, Patricia Halverson, and Scott Pauley delighted with a live performance with guest musicians Daphne Alderson, Vladimir Mollov, Stephen Schultz, Kristen Linfante, Dawn Posey, and Justin Wallace that teased an upcoming season filled with French compositions.
Afterward, the doors opened to general ticket holders for an after-party that had everyone scrambling to the fourth floor to really let their hair down.
“These are six inches,” said Rebecca Himberger, kicking off her red heels. “They're fabulous, but they've got to go.”