On the night of November 28, 1966, guests dressed in gowns of black and white concealed their identity in true masquerade fashion and celebrated in the ballroom of New York’s Plaza Hotel. Only 480 invitations were sent out in the mail, offering acceptance to only the most distinguished guests. The event? Truman Capote’s illustrious Black and White Ball, held to honor the city’s media heiress of the time, Katherine Graham. On March 2nd, The Young Patrons of Lincoln Center invited guests to partake in a re-imagining of Capote’s legendary night to celebrate the performing arts center and its dedicated members.
The night was filled with lively entertainment, cocktails, and special guest performances. Masks were encouraged and attire was specified to “black and white festive” alluding to the Black and White Ball of the past. Floor length gowns and suits of black tie’s best graced the hardwood floor of the ballroom in tribute. Famed DJ set from Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis had the guests dancing the night away.
The Angel Orensanz Center remains a spacious, architectural masterpiece, the perfect venue for a masquerade ball. The space still resembles the original 19th century construction, transporting guests back to a feeling of true historical masquerade celebration. The lighting of the place illuminated a misty glow of purple and blue, an ambiance extenuated by stained glass and the interior detail of the former synagogue.
Guests danced, laughed, and mingled until the clock struck 11. A photo booth and red carpet prompted both fun and serious photo taking, capturing memories sure to last. From the start of the party to when it was time to grab coats, smiles stretched as far as the dance floor.
The Young Patrons of Lincoln Center Gala was held in awareness for the arts and inspired connections throughout their community of loyal members. Members support the success of Lincoln Center through attending the gala and other special events, conducting public outreach and contributing generous donations to the program. By taking part in festivities such as these, members are able to meet and enjoy the company of others sharing the same passion for the arts and inspire others to become involved.