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Music To Their Ears

| April 29, 2016 | Parties

Bravo! The posh evening offered a variety of intriguing auction items, including a private-salon concert with Anne-Sophie Mutter. Guests were served Champagne cocktails paired with delicious bites, and esteemed chef Nora Pouillon prepared an extraordinary dinner menu.

More than 600 guests celebrated in the Andrew Mellon Auditorium and hit the dance floor to the tunes of DJ Neekola. Notable attendees included Washington Performing Arts honorary chairs Japanese Ambassador KenichirĊ Sasae and his wife, former mayor Anthony Williams and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg acted as the gala’s master of ceremonies, while the event was chaired by Jay and Robin Hammer.

The violinist, Midori, paid tribute to President Emeritus Douglas Wheeler, who served as president of Washington Performing Arts for 20 years. Midori and Wheeler have a long history: The two began working together when the violinist was a 15-year-old musical prodigy. Wheeler was the first to champion Midori in DC, and the two have remained close over the years. That’s entertainment!

Photography by David Claypool


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