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On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) held its Fourth Charity Wine Auction at per se. This year’s event was co-chaired by Paul Gridley, Robert F. Hudson, Itzhak Perlman, Joanna S. Rose, George P. Sape, Esq., Michael Troise, Thomas Tuft, The Honorable Ronald N. Weiser, and William Lie Zeckendorf. Proceeds from the event benefitted the mission of PMP, founded 19 years ago by Toby Perlman, which offers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent.
Guests were greeted with champagne and canapés and then enjoyed a festive dinner, which consisted of a six-course seasonal tasting menu paired with exceptional wines, including bottles from Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Heitz Cellars and Chateau d’Yquem, and a 1996 Pichon Lalande, in the intimate private dining room at per se. Michael Troise, retired Auction Director for Christie’s Fine and Rare Wines Department, auctioned rare and extraordinary vintages from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Napa Valley, and one-of-a-kind dining, travel and cultural experiences – including a private dinner with Maestros Itzhak Perlman and Alan Gilbert, both of whom were in attendance.
A violin performance by PMP alumni of a rousing virtuoso rendition of ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever’ received a standing ovation.
Auction items were generously donated by individuals and companies from around the world, with special thanks to Christie’s, Acker Merrall & Condit, and Domaine Wine Storage.
Guests included: Paolo Alberghini, Bill Bakula and Mariette Detotto, Florence Cathiard (owner of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte), Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Rodger DeRose and Alyce Halchak, Robert Deutsch, Claudia and Michael Feldenkrais, Alan Gilbert and Kajsa William-Olsson, Jennifer Gilbert, Bari and Neil Goldmacher, Marc Goldstein and Cathy Borzon, Andrew Greene, Linda and Paul Gridley, Bob Gutenstein, Edith and Robert Hudson, Kate and Patrick Hudson, Katherine and Peter Kend, Leslie and Omar Khan, Andrew Lawlor, Leora and Steven Levy, Nancy Lieberman and Mark Ellman, Robert Loeffler, David Miller, Ron Oehl, Toby and Itzhak Perlman, Ronald Pohl, Joanna S. and Daniel Rose, Jeri and George Sape, Roger Schagrin, Tom Siering, Jeff Silvershein, Hannele and Michael Troise, Diane and Tom Tuft, Svetlana and Herbert Wachtell, Batia and Howard Wiesenfeld, Eileen and Ron Weiser, Amy and Tedd Weisman, Rodger D. Young and Mariam Azarm, and Laura and Will Zeckendorf.