The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) held its 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center last night. The program included a performance of the classic Swan Lake with superstar Misty Copeland in the double role of Odette/Odile. The audience was also treated to a pas de deux from Manon with ABT veterans Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes.
First Lady Michelle Obama was once again the honorary chair, and guests included the fashion set’s Hamish Bowles, Giovanna Battaglia, Lauren Santo Domingo, Nigel Barker and supermodels Jessica Stam and Coco Rocha. Actress Sigourney Weaver, journalist Greg Kelly and musician Steven Van Zandt were also in attendance.
After the performance, the guests moved to the Escada sponsored tent, where they were entertained by the Hank Lane Orchestra until the late hours of the evening. Hank Lane Music has had the honor of performing at the ABT Gala for more than twenty years.
Marcus Reid- WOW!!! You absolutely made our wedding the most unbelievable night of our lives. Every single person at this party would not stop raving about what an incredible job the Marcus Reid Band did and how fun the party was because of the energy you bring to the room. We have and will continue to be recommending you to our friends who are getting married soon. Thank you so much for everything – we would not have changed a thing.
Adam and Samantha
THANK YOU SO MUCH positive loud all caps
Everything musical was great. You were great in oversight and planning. The Frank Simmons Band was terrific — the players were great, the singers were great.
Numerous “best band ever” comments from guests. I hope to be back to you again, and will recommend to others always.
You added a lot to our event, all wonderful.
We just wanted to say how great you were and how much we truly loved the Steve Delisi Band. We had such a great time and all the music was just great we are still getting calls about your band. We will always recommend the Steve Delisi Band.
Jessica and Ryan Walsh
I just wanted to send you and your band a note to thank you for the AMAZING job you guys did. We are still getting phone calls from family and friends raving about The Dane Wright Band. You were an instrumental part of our unforgettable day (pun intended!) I am so happy we will get to experience it again at the Ader-Doneson wedding in June.
I hope all is well!!
Jen & Mitch
I hope all is going well!! I wanted to let you know what an incredible experience Bobby and I had having the Russ Bennett Band for our wedding on May 3rd at the Florentine Gardens. I’m pretty sure we didn’t sit unless we were eating. Russ went above and beyond making sure Bobby and I were okay and made sure we were having the time of our lives which thanks to their help we absolutely did! Please know that Bobby and I will most certainly help guide our engaged friends to booking with you just so we can get to enjoy it all over again!!
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for creating a memorable night and being incredible entertainment!
With much gratitude,
Giana and Bobby
Frank and I wanted to thank you again for everything with our wedding. The Russ Bennett Band was amazing and we along with all of our guests had a blast!
Thank you again for making our wedding the best day of our lives!
“As soon as my now-husband Chris and I booked our wedding venue, we immediately booked the Joel Young Band to play our wedding; it was the easiest decision in the whole process…Over two weeks later, people are still calling us (and our parents!) to tell us how much they enjoyed the band. As a final note, Joel and his bandmates were genuinely kind and wonderful to work with. We cannot say enough good things about them!”
I hope you’re well! I just wanted to say thank you for everything you did for the event this week. I know it wasn’t the smoothest of journeys to get there, but the Hank Lane Quartet looked and sounded amazing and everyone was happy!
Thanks again and have an amazing weekend!
We were all so pleased with the band!!! Everyone loved them! Please pass this along to the Steve Delisi Band. What a night! You too are so much a part of what happens during the night! We all want to personally thank you for a superb Gala! You are a love and so in tune (haha!) with what goes on that you too need to be congratulated!! The complements are flowing and we are loving it! Thank you! Thank you!!!