Photo Credit: Shannon Finney Photography
Washington’s premiere supporters of the arts gathered at La Maison Française to celebrate The Washington Chorus (TWC) in its Parisian Spring Gala. The event was was held in alliance with the French-American Cultural Foundation, an organization founded to promote friendship between France and the United States through artistic, scientific, educational, and historical presentations.
Many standout VIPs from the District and beyond gathered to celebrate the gala: Jenny Bilfield and Joel Friedman, Chris and Pamela Denby, Mimi Forwood, Ginny Friend Nan and Paul Ignatius, Michele Imhoff Knight and Ann Kiplinger, Dr. Sachiko Kuno, Jan and Elizabeth Lodal, Michael Mael, Arvind Manocha and Gideon Malone, Ambassador Louise Oliver and Daniel Oliver, Jean and Tom Rutherfoord, Deborah Rutter and Peter Ellefson, and Leonard Silverstein were just some of the highlighted attendees on the party’s impressive roster.
The event provided lots of entertainment to its guests, ranging from musical performances–some planned and some surprise tributes, to lively presentations of awards, and a spirited live auction. The Chorus paid tribute to its long-standing executive director, Dianne Peterson, who has been in the leadership position for the last 30 years. The French-American Cultural Foundation also honored Leonard Silverstein, who has lead the organization from its 1998 founding until last year.
The Washington Chorus (TWC), now entering its 55th season, is noted for its critically-acclaimed performances and recordings of the entire range of the choral repertoire. A three-time nominated and two-time Grammy Award–winner, TWC is widely recognized as a cultural leader in the Washington area. The Chorus presents an annual subscription series at the Kennedy Center, the Music Center at Strathmore, and other major venues throughout the Washington, D.C. area.