Parties & Openings
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WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Jacob’s Pillow Joyfully Dances into its 80th Season
Fiona Breslin reports from Becket.
The excitement was palpable as guests dressed in the first of summer’s cuts and colors (including Carol Zimmerman, Joan Hunter, chair of Jacob’s Pillow board of directors, and director emerita Ann Herbst, at left) arrived at Jacob’s Pillow for the 80th Anniversary Gala on Saturday June 16th, mingling before taking their seats in the Ted Shawn Theatre. Executive and artistic director Ella Baff expressed gratitude to those who have supported the Pillow throughout the years and presented the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award to dancer/choreographer Kyle Abraham. The evening’s honorary co-chairs, Governor Deval Patrick and First Lady Diane Patrick, took the stage to offer praise for the Pillow and its patrons. The curtains rose on students from The School at Jacob’s Pillow, executing the world premiere of April - England, by choreographer Michael Corder, which they had learned in just four days. Ballet superstar David Hallberg performed a solo by Nacho Duato, and the crowd gasped as much for his masterful dancing as for the magnificent backdrop when the barn doors opened to reveal the verdant Pillow grounds behind him. Daring duos from Brazil’s Mimulus Dance Company and Australia’s Circa previewed their opening week performances, and the dancers took their bows as the audience rose for a resounding standing ovation. After a live auction that raised money for scholarships and sponsorships of Inside/Out performances, followed by dinner catered by The Old Inn & Moore, the crowd was back on its feet for the evening’s crescendo, a rip-roaring dance party that had patrons and pros alike strutting their stuff with joy and abandon.
Jacob’s Pillow’s former student and performer Regina Larkin with former Pillow photographer Stephan Driscoll and the Pillow’s general manager Connie Chin; The Red Lion Inn’s Nancy Fitzpatrick and Lincoln Russell with realtor and Pillow board member Nancy Kalodner.
Patrons Carole Hyatt, Gordon Hyatt, and Marsha Johnson; Hunter Kerr Runnette, a Pillow board member and chairman of the opening night gala, and Mark Vanden Bosch, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Medical Director of the Operating Rooms at Berkshire Health Systems.
Berkshire Creative board chair Cathy Deely, Karen Carhart, Christopher Owen, and gala committee member Kathleen Chrisman.
Gala performers take their bows to a standing ovation.
Jacob’s Pillow board members Peter Greer and Jessica Harris with Gussie Greer; Massachsuetts First Lady Diane Patrick and Governor Deval Patrick.
The vast tent was filled with celebrants, staff, and dancers.
Patrons Arielle Picheny, Steve Picheny, Pillow board member Helice Picheny, and Alexis Picheny; Lukas Hartvig-Moller and Ashley Mayeux, student dancers at The School at Jacob’s Pillow
Oldies but goodies performed by Larry Siegel Music and Entertainment drew a crowd to the dance floor.