Join us for a glamorous night of dinner, drinks, and dancing as the historic Rosen House lights up in celebration of its 75th Anniversary. This elegant evening is inspired by Truman Capote’s legendary 1966 Ball. Masks and fans are encouraged and, of course, formal black or white attire.
Proceeds will benefit Caramoor, the historic Rosen House, and the Young Artists Mentoring and Arts-in-Education Programs.
Honoring Michael and Nina Stanton for their generous support to the Rosen House and its new initiatives
Lena Olin and Lasse Hallström, Honorary Chairs
Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra
Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball
“The Black and White Ball was a work of performance art. It was a work that was every bit as important to Truman Capote as everything that he wrote.” says Deborah Davis, the author of Party of the Century. Her book attempts to capture Capote’s Black and White Ball held on November 28, 1966 at the Plaza Hotel in New York.
This year’s Soirée has been inspired by this elaborate celebration. Capote’s celebration honored The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. The eclectic 540-person guest list consisted of Frank Sinatra and his then-wife Mia Farrow, Andy Warhol, Greta Garbo, the Kennedys and Rockefellers; just to name a few. Capote’s social circle included several lovely ladies, such as Babe Paley, which he referred to as ‘swans’. Men were asked to dress in black and wear black masks and the ladies to dress in either black or white with white masks and fans. The original menu wasn’t as chic as the guests’ masks and outfits. The midnight buffet featured chicken hash, spaghetti Bolognese, scrambled eggs, sausages, pastries and coffee. To drink, Capote laid in 450 bottles of Taittinger champagne. In addition to adopting highlights from the menu, our décor emulates Capote’s original ball. The Peter Duchin Orchestra, who will be performing after dinner this evening, played the original ball. Capote spent a total of $16,000 on the ball.
Guy Mintus, pianist and composer
Young up-and-coming, Israeli pianist and composer, Guy Mintus, has performed on stages such as the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theater, and Symphony Space, and at the Red Sea Jazz Festival and the Israel Festival. He has appeared with such luminaries as Grammy-winner Howard Levy, Grammy-nominated Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, jazz legend Sheila Jordan, and many more.
Mr. Mintus’s interest in, and passion for, world music and connecting with people through cultural understanding has led him to interact with masters of several musical traditions including: Persian Santur master Qui Hagigi; Turkish neyzen player Volkan Incüvez; Greek bouzouki master Yannis Loulourgas; African kora icon Yacouba Sissoko; and virtuoso Tabla player Pandit Samir Chatterjee, and many more.
Mr. Mintus’s recent awards include The ASCAP Foundation’s Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award and the Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarship, as well as two Down Beat Magazine Student Awards for Outstanding Jazz Performance and Arrangement. His recent appearances include a solo concert, entitled the “Mediterranean Piano,” at the Samos Young Artists Festival in Greece, and a performance at the Boulder Jewish Festival in Boulder, Colorado with the Offlines Project, a cross-borders ensemble co-led with Turkish-Israeli percussionist, Oudist, and composer Yinon Muallem.