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NEW YORK “I thought I was here to sing!” exclaimed Placido Domingo in mock surprise when he joined Lincoln Center chairwoman Beverly ”Bubbles” Sills at the podium on stage at the anniversary celebration of Live at Lincoln Center. The duo hosted a performance and dinner gala in celebration of the 25-year-old PBS show of Lincoln Center performances at the New York State Theater.
Matthew David Events' decor for the post-show dinner on the theater's promenade level was a combination of elegant, candlelit tables and spring colors. Tables were covered with wine-colored tablecloths with sheer, scroll patterned silver overlays. The flowery, luxe centerpieces of daffodils, black magic roses, coral peonies, green cymbidium orchids, viburnum, hydrangea, purple veronica, white lilac and lavender sweet pea and ivory candles stood atop tall silver candelabras. At the base of the candelabras were smaller arrangements in silver trumpet vases. The room was bathed in purple light, and a giant “25” sign covered in red roses was suspended against the railing.
The pre-dinner performance featured clips of past Live at Lincoln Center broadcasts interspersed with live performances by Itzhak Perlman, Jessye Norman and 19-year-old pianist Helen Huang. The nostalgia-filled show ended with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in marching band formation guiding guests from the theater to the dining area playing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Among the attendees were Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Muffie Potter Aston, Denise Rich, Helen Gurley Brown and Adrienne Vittadini.