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'Mourners' turn out in style as Pittsburgh's Chatham Baroque marks 300th anniversary of Louis XIV's death

| Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Kate Colligan joins Marc Giosi and Anna Singer during the VIP reception fors the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Kate Colligan joins Marc Giosi and Anna Singer during the VIP reception fors the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Sam Badger and Carol Massaro were among the guests during the VIP reception for the  'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Sam Badger and Carol Massaro were among the guests during the VIP reception for the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Julia Erickson was among the guests at  the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Julia Erickson was among the guests at the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
John Vandegrift and Larry Leahy were among the guests during the VIP reception for the  'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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John Vandegrift and Larry Leahy were among the guests during the VIP reception for the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Catherine Loevner and Pam McCrory shine during the VIP reception for 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Catherine Loevner and Pam McCrory shine during the VIP reception for 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Nicholas Miskovsky and James Sahovey got bubbly during VIP reception during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Nicholas Miskovsky and James Sahovey got bubbly during VIP reception during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Stephan Piotrowski and Rebecca Himberger 'red up' nicely during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Stephan Piotrowski and Rebecca Himberger 'red up' nicely during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Brian Siewiorek and Heather Fazekas were among the guests at  the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Brian Siewiorek and Heather Fazekas were among the guests at the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Daphne Alderson sings 'Joan of Arc' while Vladimir Mollov accompanies on accordion during the 'King is Dead'  Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Daphne Alderson sings 'Joan of Arc' while Vladimir Mollov accompanies on accordion during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Mary McKinney strikes  a royal pose during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Mary McKinney strikes a royal pose during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Members of Chatham Baroque performed during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Members of Chatham Baroque performed during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Richard Parsakian listened to a performance by Chatham Baroque during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Richard Parsakian listened to a performance by Chatham Baroque during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Guests chatted during the VIP reception dinner for the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Guests chatted during the VIP reception dinner for the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Katen Colligan strikes a demure pose behind her fan during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Katen Colligan strikes a demure pose behind her fan during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Simple but elegant table settings awaited guests during the VIPreception for the 'King is Dead'  Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Simple but elegant table settings awaited guests during the VIPreception for the 'King is Dead' Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Simple but elegant table settings awaited guests during the VIPreception for the 'King is Dead'  Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015. Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Simple but elegant table settings awaited guests during the VIPreception for the 'King is Dead' Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015. Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Ruth Anne Ankney and David Bennett stand tall  during the VIP reception for the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Ruth Anne Ankney and David Bennett stand tall during the VIP reception for the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
More than 60 guests dined during VIP reception for the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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More than 60 guests dined during VIP reception for the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Richard Stern performed on a replica 18th-century harpsichord during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Richard Stern performed on a replica 18th-century harpsichord during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Michele De La Reza and Karla Boos were among the guests at  the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Michele De La Reza and Karla Boos were among the guests at the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Randy Adams and Eric Siebenaler were among the guests at  the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Randy Adams and Eric Siebenaler were among the guests at the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
David Porges, CEO of EQT Corp., with Gabriela Porges
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David Porges, CEO of EQT Corp., with Gabriela Porges
Guests listened to a performance by Chatham Baroque during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Guests listened to a performance by Chatham Baroque during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
Violinist Dawn Posey performed during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.
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Violinist Dawn Posey performed during the 'King is Dead' Twelfth Night party at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. January 10, 2015.

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.”

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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