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Bravo, Maestro

By: Esther Davidowitz

For me, the evening began with a heady concert (the last of the 2008-2009 season) by the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra at its regular home (the Concert Hall at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase), conducted by, well, by now you must know, Itzhak Perlman. I had to wonder who loved being there more, Perlman or I. He walked (on crutches) to take his final bow for the season, beaming. The audience was beaming. So was I. Then it was on to a benefit gala for the Westchester Philharmonic at the Ritz Carlton, Westchester. County Executive Andy Spano said that he uses the fact that Westchester has such a high-caliber symphony orchestra, just as good, he said, or even better than the one just south of us, to lure new businesses to Westchester. New Jersey, he implied, presents no competition. And then, as if one heady performance wasn’t enough, Perlman, accompanied by two young musicians, played the violin for us. And since he said the Beethoven piece he chose did not have an obvious ending, he asked that we not applaud until “I’m finished. I’ll look at you so you’ll know.” Laughs. Wonderful sounds. Brief silence. Applause.

ArtsWestchester Executive Director Janet Langsam of Armonk, Philharmonic Executive Director Joshua Worby of Princeton, New Jersey, Congresswoman Nita Lowey of Rye, and Philharmonic Artistic Director Itzhak Perlman of Manhattan
CBS Reporter Tony Aiello with wife Liz of New Rochelle, Nancy and Dennis Elsas of Rye, and David and Laurie Cox of New Rochelle
Sarah Lang of Dobbs Ferry with Westchester Magazine Editor-in-Chief Esther Davidowitz

At Westchester Children’s Museum’s Race to the Finish gala honoring Vanessa Williams (more than $250,000 was raised) held at Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco.

Helen Williams of Millwood, Vanessa Williams of Chappaqua, and Bettye H. Perkins of Hartsdale
Eva Giagni, Kathy Gurfein, and Claire Yaffa, all of Harrison
Alyson Drew of Harrison, Colleen Rotherdam of Larchmont, Bets Miller of Rye, and Maura Mandell of Greenwich, Connecticut

Westchester County Executive Andy Spano of Yorktown Heights with Jon A. Dorf of Mamaroneck at The Business Council of Westchester’s 2009 Business Hall of Fame awards dinner held at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle

Suzanna and Andrew Keith of Rye, Kerry Walsh of Bronxville, and John Dudzik of Greenwich, Connecticut, at the Port Chester Carver Center’s annual spring benefit held at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich

Harold Rosenbaum of South Salem, Westchester Magazine Features Editor Nancy Claus of Waccabuc, and Edie Rosenbaum of South Salem at the annual gala to benefit the Canticum Novum Singers and New York Virtuoso Singers at Le Château in South Salem

At the grand opening party of the new outdoor cafe at Johnny’s on 5th in Pelham

Mark Fialk of Scarsdale, Mindi Miller of South Salem, Jane Amber of Larchmont, Mike Wibbly of Cos Cob, Connecticut, and Nina Spiegelman of Scarsdale
Rich Caires of Greenwich, Connecticut, Carolyn Karp of Scarsdale, and Evan Rothberg of Rye

The Westchester Region of Hadassah held its inaugural gala Rollin’ at the Ritz at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, in White Plains

Senator Amy Paulin, Julie Domonkos, and Leona Gaita, all of Mamaroneck, Carol Fasman of Larchmont, and Karen Cheeks-Lomax and Manny Lomax of White Plains
Sheila Spicehandler, Neil and Sheila Siderow, and Phyllis and Allan Hartstein, all of Chappaqua

At The Thursday Club’s 86th annual benefit supporting The Bereavement Center of Westchester and The Tarrytown Music Hall held at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor.

Barbara Bush of Hartsdale with Bard Bunaes, Helen Herlitz, and Mary Jean Keenan, all of Irvington
Barbara Casey of Ardsley with Heather Kenny, Reina Sinni, and Suzanne Poulin, all of Irvington

At the Northern Westchester Shelter’s Denim, Dining & Dancing gala held at Birdstone Farm in Cross River.

Kathleen McCoy-Psychoyos of Carmel, New York; Andrea Naso-Nord of Croton-on-Hudson and Barbara Policastro of Pleasantville
Pat and Phil Morton of Elmsford
Stephen and Christine Paletta of Bedford Hills

At GlenArbor Golf Club’s Traditions of Golf Invitational held at the Bedford Golf Course.

Gene Westmoreland of Bronxville, New York Times sports writer Dave Anderson of Tenafly, New Jersey, Jim Kehoe of Fairfield, Connecticut, and Ralph A. Martinelli of Ossining
PGA honoree member and golf trick- shot entertainer Dennis Walters with dog Bucky of Jupiter, Florida

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