• Carnegie Hall’s Billionaire Suite Lends Support to Opening Night Gala

Carnegie Hall’s Billionaire Suite Lends Support to Opening Night Gala

“Everyone ready? Please, let’s gather in.” Carnegie Hall’s newly elected chairman Robert F. Smith was rounding up a small circle of trustees early on Thursday evening for a quick unveiling, before the hall’s opening night gala concert. A cultured society crowd — Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Annette de la Renta, Richard Gere, Peter Martins, Nicola Bulgari, Julia Koch and Mercedes Bass — had come out to lend their support and listen to a lively performance by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. “I have a theory in life that everyone’s life embodies some piece of music. What I usually like to ask a person is, ‘What piece of music does your life embody?’ So I asked Len,” Smith continued, referring to the man standing next to him, the philanthropic billionaire Leonard Blavatnik. “He said, ‘The Nutcracker.’ As you get to know Len and understand his true love of music and classical music, what you find is that he loves the discipline that it takes to become the best craftsman as a classical music performer,” Smith continued. “And you learn that is a passion that, while he doesn’t share with everyone, it is deeply embodied in who he is and

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