Washington Dossier November 1981

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Washington Dossier was the society magazine for the nation's capital from 1975-1991. David Adler, current CEO of BizBash (www.bizbash.com) was the co-founder and President.

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Washington Dossier November 1981

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  3. 3. ct!oSSit!VNovember 1981, Vol. 7 No.6 President David Adler Publisher Jonathan Adler Editor Sonia Adler Managing Editor Don Oldenburg Aa~latant Editor Laura Elliott Aaalatant to Editor lee Kirstein Contributing Edltora Viola Drath Maggie Wimsatt Anne Denton Blair Dorothy Marks Patty Cavin Robert McDaniel Mickey Palmer Judy lewis Manufaclurlng Christina Rea S.rvlcea Director Dlalgn Director Tom Hellner Chief Photog11pher John Whitman Contributing Valerie Brown Photographera Rod Grantham General Manager Jean Tolson Aaalatant Bookkeeper Susan M. Sample Vice Prealdent Dick Moessner Advert Iaing Account Executives Michael Earle Donna KormanAdvertising Coordinator Susan L Roberts Production Aaalatant Brook Mowrey Advertlalng Production Bonnie Down Typographer Walter Bonfield National Sales Repreaented by Pallia Group New York 485 Madison Avenue New York, N.Y. 10022 (212) 355-4000 Chicago 4761 West Touhy Avenue lincolnwood, ll60646 (312) 679-1100 Loa Angeles 1800 North Highland Avenue, Suite 717 Hollywood , CA 90028 (213) 462-2700 Miami 7800 Red Road Miami, Fl 33143 (305) 665-6263 Montreal 475 Sherbrooke St., W Montreal H3A 2l9 Quebec (514) 842·5223 London 69 Fleet Street london EC4 Y 1EU England (01) 353-0404For Social Covarage: Please send all Invitations to Social Secretary, The Washington Dossier, 3301 New Mexico Ave., Washington DC 20016(Please send Invitations as early as possible to schedule coverage.) The Washington Dossier is published monthly by Adler International, ltd. David Adler,President Jon Adler, Vice President Sonia Adler, Secretary/Treasurer Second Class postage paid at Richmond, VA 23261 and Washington , DC ISSN N 0149·7936For Subscriptions: Please send all subscriptionInquiries, applications and changes of address to The Washington Dossier Subscription Department , PO Box 948, Farmingdale, NY11737. Prices are $24 for 1 year; $48 for 2 years. Overseas $48 per year. Canada $26 per year. Photographs for commercial and non- commercial use are available for sale. Copyright 1981 Adler International ltd. Audited by ~ j ~"W.LJLA~ The magazine accepts no responsibility lor unsolicited manuscripts, artwork, pictures or cartoons. They will nor be returned. Advertising and editorial offices located at 3301 New Mexico Ave., Washington , DC 20016, General Telephone (202) 362-5894.
  4. 4. FEATURES23 From Backstage To Limelight by Anne Blair The Kennedy Centers impresario, Marta Istomin27 Changing the Shape of Washington by Marjorie Skinker Working out in Washington spas31 The Royal Minority / by Rosemary Donihi A democratic capital peppered with a courtly few35 Capturing Elusive Elegance: A Photo Essay by Valerie Brown and John Whitman49 The Gift of Elegance by Madeleine Harrell Washingtons return to elegance brings in an array of glamourous gifts for the holidays87 The Great Grapefruit Caper by Patty Cavin A fruity way to whittle your waist DEPARTMENTS 7 Annabells File INVESTMENTII The Educated Palate Your purchase of a fine Oriental HECRT~s by Robert McDaniel Taming the wild appetiteIS Art and Artists by Viola Drath New perceptions vitalize SITES offers more than meets the eye. It is a superbly wise investment19 Standing Room Only at an unusually attractive price. by Laura Elliott Oriental rugs increase in value The NSOs modulation into national stature as they mature. Offering you a38 Books by Neighbors lifetime of reward as you reap Island Romance, Dressing Right and Young Teddy the pleasures of their beauty.40 Poets Corner Our rugs are of Classical imagery and Washington scenes unequalled quality and excellence Examine them for their55 Along Party Lines craftsmanship. Fascinating design. A Ride Down the Potomac, Designer Showcases and Charity Openings Intricate hand woven detail. These98 Fashion Calendar are touchstones to quality of100 Curtain Going Up beautiful Oriental rugs. by Anne Blair· We invite you to our gallery to Social Calendar select a fine rug from our by Maggie Wimsatt collection. ·~· Known to her many friends as "Doda," the Princess Dorota ADD AN ORIENTAL Drucka Lubecka de Wolf left her heart and royal heritage in RUG TO YOUR Poland at a time when neither were appreciated by the stern tyranny that grips Eastern Europe. Today, she is a member of INVESTMENT the winding chain of circles within circles that comprises this PORTFOLIO citys royal minority - depossessed courtly emigres who gather around their own kinsmen of special distinction, mak- · ~· ing the Washington scene seem small and almost cozy if not quite regal. (Photographed by Peter Garfield; Makeup by Hechrs Tysons Corner Oriental Rug Gallery ~~-~., Susan Hauser; Hair styled by Jean Robert of Rainbow Hair 81 00 Leesburg Pike, Mclean, Virginia Salon; Gown designed by Zack Brown for the opera Semele, For Information About the Washington Opera Costume Collection; the pug dog, "Tooth Fairy," is an American and Canadian champion own- Our Investment Quality Rugs ed by Mrs. J . Patterson; (other accessories and products listed Call (703) 893-3003 on page 8.) Dossier/November 198115
  5. 5. AnnabellS File -©THE DOSSIE OF WASHINGT R ON COMMENT CONCORD® fti!J~jl[[[·ffi~ ~[[~ ;~,~ Nastiness Settling in Again? Robert Abernathy . . . Canadian Maybe it coincides with Jimmy Ambassador Peter Towe soon toCarter and Richard Nixon sticking head up Petro-Canada Internationaltheir noses back under the tent flaps, which will spearhead Canadasbut few in town are fooled by world-wide search for hydro-Carters blatant re-emergence as a carbons ... Muffy Brandons posi-political pusher under Jody Powells tion as Nancy Reagans major domomanipulative eye. The ploy was growing uncertain ... Newspapersabotaged by the Washington Post and maggie magnate Phil Merrillstory on alleged bugging of Blair consulting with DefenseHouse by J .C. -which was bad news Department . . . former Senatorfor the Repubs who were hoping for a Dick Stone starting a consulting firmCarter candidacy, since he is judged for Radio Free Cuba ... Novelistthe weakest in the stable ... As for Barbara Raskin spearheading localNixon: To make a diplomatic drive for national writersemissary out of a man who had to be union ... former foreign service of-pardoned for alleged crimes seems ficer John Hirten is importing thatmad - although our word is that new drink Luparia VodkalimoneNixon shoehorned himself into the which he discovered while vacation-Sadat funeral entourage ... Other ing in Elba, Italy ... The Ellis This is the thinnestnastiness: Moroccans should have brothers of Ridgewells starting new water resistant watchcalled off their bash for the new firm, Ridgetex, to design nappery, in the world. Bar none.American Ambassador Joseph Reed tablecloths etc . . . . Reagans friend A sculptural blending ofon the night of the Sadat assassina- Alfred Bloomingdale said to be stainless steel andtion. King Hassan, who is being badly behind new fast food, game and warm, rich 14K gold.leaned on by Soviet surrogates and magic establishments now franchising The movement ishimself has been the target of throughout America . . . Pisces CONCORDs new ultra thinnumerous assassination attempts, opening Chinese Restaurant whereshould have seen to it that it was call- impressively precise Big Cheese once was ... Sen. Roberted off ... Nancy getting mauled for Byrd has gotten his fellow legislators nine/quartz. Hand-crafted inover-spending on china and to agree to make square dancing Switzerland.decorating even though its out of the official American folkPrivate funds. Insiders say her dance ... Evila star Valerie Perridecorator Ted Graeber blew part of raising hackles of temperment farthe big wad by not getting best dis- outreaching her talents ... Seancounts or bargaining hard enough in Donlon, Irish Ambassador headingthe marketplace, causing the job to be home to be foreign secretary, will bePresently unfinished. crating huge collection of Waterford crystal gifts received at hundreds ofRandom Rumblings and Rumors: Irish American events. Irony is that Diamond Brokers • AppraisersThat $124,000 Waterford crystal they could have been bought at one Monday- Saturday 10 to 5:00fountain used in Bloomies Irish pro- third the price back at the oldmotion at White Flint was sold to a sod . 1710 M Street, N.W.Kuwaiti who bought two, both for his Washington, DC 20036lawn in Kuwait. Lawns, it seems are Edward Bennett Williams being con- 202·872·171 0the ultimate status symbol in that par- sidered for important Federal postched and oily land ... Friends who ... Fragile Jane Coyne heading FREE PARKINGexercise with Supreme Court Justice West for an Outward Bound moun-Sandra OConnor say shes got a tain climbing expedition ... LBJ in- Major Credit Cards Acceptedswell pair of gams . . . Mary siders inflamed by Robert Caros newMcGrory handholding with widower book which documents oft-heard Dossier/November 198117
  6. 6. Capitol rumors .. . Sterling Tucker running hard to unseat Marion Barry, who could be severely damaged by upcoming Pride case involving his ex- wife ... People who saw Othello at the Warner didn t know it, but they saw an Othello and lago, James Earle Jones and Christopher Plummer who were barely on speaking terms, each doing solo performances . .. Tracy Placers in Kalorama all atwitter over Saudi Prince renting Alejandro Or- filas house for three months . The Prince, who is a colonel studying military stuff, is well-bodyguarded. Vignette of the Month: David Richards, new Washington Post drama critic, and Steve Martin- dale are close friends . It was Steve who agented Davids book on Jean Seberg to Random House for a hefty advance. Steve is also friendly with Michael Valente, who wrote the music to Oh Brother which pre- Broadwayed at the Kennedy Center. Steve was instrumental in helping to raise the money and get the booking at the Eisenhower. Davids review was double-barrelled pan, one of the Georgetown Salon: By Appointment Only 965-3907 toughest he has ever written. Moral 10217 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda, Maryland • 530-1650 of the Story : The Post has finally got- ten a world class reviewer whose taste level transcends close friendships. Now all we need at the Kencen is world class theater . ON THE COVER Chevy ~­ Adding to the regal setting that sur- rounds the Princess Doda de Wolf on Chase this months cover is a French Louis XVI settee with gold leaf and original Athletic covering and an inlaid gueridon signed Linke table of the same period, both from Mendelsohn Galleries; a Herend Club Racquetball, Squash, Chinese bouquet china demitasse tea set from William Miller Gifts; Christo- fle silver wine cooler used as vase from Conditioning and Spa Facilities Martins China Crystal and Silver Shop; baroque floral arrangement from Designs by David Ellsworth; tapestry from The Porter Group; lace handkerchief from Slightly Laced; and the digital clock from Woodward & Lothrop. The Princess is wearing an antique diamond and platinum bar pin in her hair, a cabochon ruby and dia- mond necklace set in yellow gold and a ruby and diamond bracelet, all from Boone & Sons; the 34 inch, six strand estate necklace with fresh water pearls, gold beads and carnelians from Lord & Taylor; the antique garnet earrings from Georgetown Jewel Gallery; rings from Gems By Sandra. The pug dogs Penth ouse • Barlow Building • 5454 Wisconsin Avenue necklace from Lord & Taylor and its Cheuy Chase, Mary land 208 15-6929 • (301) 656-8834 yellow gold and pave diamond earring from Boone & Sons.8/Dossier/November 1981
  7. 7. ONCE AGAIN, REMY MARTIN CREATES A COGNAC MADE FOR ROYALTY. INTRODUCING CENTAURE ROYAL. In the Mid-Eighteenth Century,The House of Remy Martin created ~""·nu·~J~- MA.-.~1,1a cognac expressly and exclusively ~~~~fS~ ""W.."Wf1for the rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, The RoyalHouse of Hapsburg. Today, Remy Martin hasonce again created an exquisitecognac expressly for thediscerning connoisseur. Centaure Royal, the ((Royal))Remy Martin. A singular blend of perfectly aged fine champagne cognac. Then, as now, a cognac of remarkable body and bouquet created to grace a Royal Table or please the most sophisticated palates and ((noses)) in the world. Every bottle bearing the brass Centaure Medallion, the mark of Remy Martin, known since 1724 as the house in Cognac that has raised the art of making cognac to its highest level. A limited bottling will be available in America. Each bottle bearing its own ((Reserve)) number. We believe youll accord Centaure Royal the welcome it has always deserved. The Royal Welcome. CENTAURE ROYAL. THE ROYAL REMY MARTIN. EXCLUSIVELY FINE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC FROM THE TWO BEST DISTRICTS OF THE COGNAC REGION Sole U.S.A. Distributor Foreign Vintages, Inc. New York, NY. 80 Proof.© 1 1 98
  8. 8. TheEdumted PalateTAMING THE WILD APPETITE Perhaps its the rustle of crimson and burnt umber leaves under foot, the firstscent of smoke in a harvest wind that anticipates the chill of winter, or maybe after awarm season of lighter meals the palate craves something more tangible to the taste,a heavier-bodied fare. Whatever the reason, this invariably is the time of year for thehearty and wild flavor of game.BY ROBERT MCDANIEL ed, sauteed quickly just before serv- ing and smothered in a grand veneur sauce - poivrade sauce with a touch Historically on the table of king of gooseberry jelly sometimesand peasant, no other meat receives thickened with cream and touchedquite as much attention in the fall. with the marinade of the game beingGame includes all birds and animals used. The venison is served with twothat live free in the woods or field and purees which could be celeriac, chest-are agreeable to the taste, providing nuts, lentil or onion."a healthy, warming and savory food Chez Francois at 332 Springvalefit for the most delicate palate," ac- Road in Great Falls features venisoncording to the famous French gas- pate, prepared with ground and dicedtronome Brillat Savarin. "In the venison, marinated in wine with herbshands of the experienced cook, game or mixed with ground pork andcan provide dishes of the highest herbs. Leg of venison with grandquality which raise the culinary art to veneur sauce is served with chestnutthe level of science." puree, wild rice and a unique cran- But for those who would cry berry sauce, which is homemade with"foul!" at the thought of hunting lit- fresh cranberries, a touch of orangetle birds and defenseless Bambi-like and lemon. Occasionally, they alsocreatures, game has a different con- offer roast leg of wild boar with len-notation altogether. In fact, state and tils and wild rice.federal statutes have come to the For the past two seasons, wild boaranimals defense. The once-bountiful has been the game specialty atgame market is more restrictive than Cocos, a family owned and operatedever, to prevent existing species from restaurant at 3111 Columbia Pike ingoing the way of the passenger pigeon Arlington. The roasted meat is strip-and the American buffalo. Not only But with game, more so than most ped from the bone and sauteed, thendoes the law narrow the span of hunt- other foods, the trick is in the served in a brown sauce made froming seasons and limit the amount a preparation. In the hands of a gifted the boar itself. Fettucini Alfredo nice-hunter can kill, it recycles a large chef, game is truly one of the luxuries ly complements the robust entree. Inpercentage of hunting license fees in- of the dinner table, and the Washing- addition, Cocos serves venison stew,to funding for conservation pro- ton area is blessed with many goose, New Orleans erawfish and isgrams. And it requires severe restaurants that prepare it excep- expecting a shipment of buffalo thisPenalties for hunters who sell their tionally well. season. Call first to find out whatscatch. For instance, The Alibi, at 10418 cooking. Those restrictions force restau- Main St. in Fairfax, features pheas- Always stocked with somethingrateurs to stock their kitchens with ant, venison, buffalo and wild boar, outlandish, Dominiques at 1900domestic game supplied totally by usually with the traditional accom- Pennsylvania Ave. NW featuresbreeding farms instead of the wilder- paniments of red cabbage and glazed rarities year round, such as an ap-ness. That means an appetizing varie- chestnuts. petizer of smoked buffalo meat orty, from pheasant and quail to boar, In town, Le Bagatelle at 2000 K St. paupiettes dhippopotamus wrappedis available fresh year-around, and NW features pigeon, saddle of ven- in thinly sliced veal served with awith modern freezing methods, ison, pheasant, quail, saddle of hare poivrade sauce and fresh red cab-worldwide game delicacies such as and from time to time serves par- bage. Tender filet of roast venison isNew Zealand hare and Arctic Circle tridge as a special. One of the finer a traditional favorite, while freshPtarmigan show up on some local presentations available is their caiman (crocodile) scallopini servedmenus. noisette (loin) of venison, thinly slic- on a bed of spinach with a peppery Dossier/November 1981 Ill
  9. 9. red wine sauce is one of the more uni- offers wild boar accompanied by red quetiere, venison pie (British-style) que entrees. Since Dominique is an cabbage, potato pancakes and chest- with large chunks of the meat cooked avid hunter and lover of game food nuts. When available, a ribeye filet of in a flaky crust with a delicate gravy. himself, you can be sure that many buffalo, sauteed quickly like a minute For a unique beverage to complement other game items will appear on the steak and touched with Madeira your game dinner try their Mer- menu during the season. sauce is well worth testing. rydown Meade, a mild alcoholic con- Known primarily for their nouvelle Le Jardin at 1113 23rd St. NW will coction derived from honey and ap- cu1s1ne, La Fleur, at 3700 be featuring quail and duck special- ples. They also offer roast leg of Massachusetts Ave. NW also pre- ties during the game season. venison, jugged hare, and wild boar pares game dishes. A team of three Game specialities such as mig- when available. chefs creates the restaurants nonette of venison grand veneur serv- Rive Gauche at 1312 Wisconsin delicacies, but Lim, from Singapore, ed with braised red cabbage, roast Ave . NW will feature civet of wild prepares the game. Breast of dove partridge served on toast with its boar during lunch and rack of wild laced with a sauce of shallots and liver, and quail cooked with white boar for two served with a green pep- mushrooms in a reduced dark stock grapes and served in a raisin sauce are percorn sauce during dinner week- competes in excellence with quail offered at La Mirabelle, located at day. Michel Laudier, chef/propri- crowned with a truffle and leek sauce. 6645 Old Dominion Drive in Mc- etor, also offers a cuissot de mar- Rabbit with saffron sauce, basil and Lean. cassin (young wild boar) agre deuce . tomato, and venison tenderloin with Specializing in traditional Euro- In a very old recipe, the sauce for the a light shallot sauce are also avail- pean concoctions, Karl Herold of The boar is lightly touched with chocolate able. Old Europe at 2434 Wisconsin Ave. and plum. The venison grand veneur The Iron Skillet, at 5838 Columbia NW keeps a close eye on the game is exceptionally good here. They also Pike in Falls Church, also prepares season and from time to time will offer pheasant champagnoise, served other game delights. One of the out- feature hassenpfeffer, saddle of hare with a julienne of truffle and goose standing dishes prepared by chef/ served with imported lingonberries, liver with an airy, light cream and proprietor Alex Comninidis is noi- venison loin or medallions dressed champagne sauce, derived from a sette de chevreuil braconniere com- with the aromatic "Rahm Sauce," stock based on the bones of the bird. plemented by a brown sauce lightly pheasant with sauerkraut, and wild Fresh partridge will also be offered touched with cream and homemade boar. when available. spatzle. He serves quail a la diablo Typically English in format, The The unusual treat of reindeer dress- (broiled and smothered in a sauce Piccadilly at 5510 Connecticut Ave. ed with lingonberries and black cur- derived from Dijon mustard) and also NW offers fresh roast pheasant bou- please turn to page 91 Creative Catering with Quality and ServiceWe would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends and (:lients who have helped us grow. Our new location allows us to provide even better service to you! 11/November /98/ /Dossier
  10. 10. Art &ArtistsNEW PERCEPTIONS VITALIZE SITESBY VIOLA DRATH If SITES, the Smithsonian Institu-tion Traveling Exhibition Service,strikes you as a cumbersomebureaucratic effort to bring drabcultural events to the benighted pro-vinces, you have not looked at theirrecent output. In its nearly 32 years ofexistence, SITES has unexpectedlyblossomed into one of the most vital,noteworthy and (with 140 shows onthe road) certainly the largestorganization in the competitive fieldof exhibitions. Far from restricting itself to the cir-culation of other institutions pro-ducts at home and abroad, as dosmaller museums which can ill affordan extensive exhibitions program,SITES itself initiates and organizesmost of the 30 shows it sends on theroad each year. Though its highly ef-ficient staff, mostly women, is crowd-ed into a small dark space in theSmithsonian Castle, its collectivespirit is cosmopolitan and the impactof its innovative and diverse travelingexhibition program is rapidly expand-ing, especially on the cultural interna-tional scene. Most of SITES success can be at-tributed to the energetic guidance ofPeggy A. Loar, a clear-eyed blonde aspects of carrying coals to New-Midwestern dynamo with an M.A. in castle. Yet the show is bound toart history from the University of stimulate a spirited dialogue amongCincinnati and a professional Pieces included in the many SITES exhibitions: the scholars about the styli stic andbackground that includes museum (L toR, clock wise) The House Maid, /910, by ideational differences in the work s ofand teaching experience at Indiana William McGregor Pax ton from the exhibit " Of Tim e and Place"; When Nepturc Beco mes the French masters and their Ameri-and Purdue Universities and the In- Aware of Mystery, 1980, neckpiece by Thomas can pupils, and delight the publicdianapolis Museum of Art. Previous- Mann from the exhibit "A lternative Materials with its strong visual appeal.ly at the Institute of Museum Ser- in American Jewelry"; Wooden Koran box in- "Not only is this the first exhibi-vices, she had the opportunity to laid with gold and silver, circa 1330, f rom the tion of the American Impressionist exhibit " Renaissance of Islam: A rt of thelearn the "federal ropes" as assistant Mamluks " and Moraniane blo wn bollles, school to be shown in Paris, Loardirector for programs and policy. 1956, by Paolo Venini and Fulvio Biauconi explains enthusiastically, "it is alsoNow, under her direction, SITES has from the exhibit Venini Glass ". the most important 19th centurybecome a place which buzzes · with American painting exhibition that thenew ideas and a sense of excitement. ing works by Mary Cassatt, Theodore Smithsonian has sent to Europe. " By far the most ambitious project Robinson, Childe Hassam, John The show, which also travels tois its first collaboration with the Twachtman and others to Paris, Krakow, East Berlin, Sofia andUnited States International Com- where the show opens amid a con- Bucharest, was selected by a commit-munications Agency (ICA) on a ference of the European Association tee of American art scholars, amongEuropean tour of American Impres- of American Scholars at the Petit them Cassatt-expert Adelyn Breeskinsionist paintings. To be sure, export- Palais in March 1982, has some of the of the National Museum of American Dossier/ No vember 1981115
  11. 11. Art, John I. Baur, director emeritus tiona! tour of eight museums paying of the Whitney, and SITES exhibi- $15,000 apiece for the pleasure of tion coordinator Donald McClelland. beholding the Corcorans cultural Contracting expert curators and riches. Similar collaborations, featur- designers for special projects is part ing the Corcorans drawings by John of the successful pattern developed by Singer Sargent and its fine collection SITES . Its staff of 30 is also charged of French paintings, are being con- with the staggering task of keeping sidered. track of its 140 traveling exhibitions, Not only committed to the support necessitating at least one on-the-spot of the fine arts, SITES programs em- inspection and condition report a brace the decorative and applied arts year. Another characteristic fostered as well as other aspects of American by SITES is its emphasis on comple- culture. Ranging from anthropology mentary informational materials, and history to science and environ- posters, catalogues, films, kits, mental studies, the topics of these games, and even a shopping bag de- popular exhibitions have included in- signed by local artist, Michael David formative "core" shows, such as Ex- Brown, in conjunction with the tra, Extra! The Man and Machines of Smithsonians education outreach ef- American Journalism and Ride On, a fort. Supported with $5,000 by the visual history of the bicycle - which Armand Hammer Foundation, the carry modest participation fees of American Impressionists exhibit wiLl $100 and $200 - to the Year of the be accompanied with an impressive Hopi, the insightful documentation catalogue published in five languages, of Hopi ceremonies and dances depicted in paintings and photos by Joseph Mora between 1904-06. The stunning Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks with its 126 ob- jects including manuscripts, metal- work, glass, ivory, ceramics, stone and textiles loaned from some of the most prestigious museums worldwide is another feather in SITES cap. Sponsored by United Technologies and curated by the Freers Dr. Esin Atil, this unprecedented exhibit, in- spired by an international symposium Brass basin inlaid with silver and copper, mid 14th century, made for a Mamluk amir named on art of the Mamluk era, is the first Tabtaq from 1he exhibit "R enaissance of SITES product to be accepted by the Islam: Arl of Mamluks." quality conscious Metropolitan in more than 10 years. Its price tag of $41,000 for each of the six partici- a poster of Maurice Prendergasts The pating museums, however, is well Raft, donated by the Eugenie Pren- beyond the means of the smaller insti- dergast Foundation and a 28 minute tutions. color film in six languages funded by Loar, who has changed the com- the Joe L. and Barbara B. Allbritton mercial term "rental" to an inviting Foundation . "participation fee," has no problems Another innovative step taken by in placing upcoming exhibitions. As a SITES is the collaboration with ma- rule eight to ten museums are needed jor museums with the aim of showing to make a tour. "We try to do what their collections around the country. small museums cannot do The brilliantly conceived survey of the themselves, Loar comments. But Phillips Collection in the Making: nsmg production costs, labor, 1920-1930, with a catalogue contain- material and energy, are driving ing Bess Hormats illuminating essay SITES prices up as well. Aside from on the collector-as-critic, is a perfect being well organized, the imaginative example. Meanwhile an equally signi- director credits her outstanding pro- ficant exhibition Of Time and Place: fessional staff and the active role of American Figurative Art from the the education department with the Corcoran Gallery (75 paintings, positive resonance of this unique sculptures, drawings, prints and organization whose potential seems photographs by American artists fo- anything but exhausted. cusing on the human figure engaged Operating with a budget of about in everyday activities and executed please rum to page 66 since 1818) has em barked on a na-/6/November 1981 /Dossier
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  13. 13. Standing Room OnlyMAKING THE NSO A NATIONAL ORCHESTRABY LAURA ELLIOTT "Empty seats are a sin." Thats theedict of the National Symphony Or-chestras new executive director, Henry Fogel, an arts management wizard spirited away from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Hisjob: to add financial stability to an orchestra still trembling with growing pains. Since Mstislav Rostropovich tookup the NSOs baton five years ago,the orchestra has finally begun to liveup to its name, to become a musicalensemble of national stature. Butdespite the improved technique and The new triumvirate of the National Symphony Orchestra: (L to R) NSO Association presidentsensitivity of its musicians, the or- Leonard Silverstein, Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich and Executive Director Henry Fogel. A sen-chestra lacks the prestige of the "big sitive pas de trois must be achieved between the three to obtain long-awaited financial stability.five" -the New York Philharmonicand the Boston, Chicago, Phila- tive . They also had no communica- to boast an arts-oriented station, hedelphia and Cleveland orchestras. In tion before. originated a program guide that grewfact, many feel that the NSO barely But schooling his staff in the rigors to be a major regional arts magazine.teeters on the next echelon of Ameri- of professionalism is only part of And long before Jerry Lewis shed acan orchestras that includes Pitts- Fogels complex, ticklish and, as Sil- tear on nationally televized telethons,burgh, Cincinnati, San Francisco, verstein carefully termed it, "chal- Fogel came up with the telephoneand Los Angeles . Why? The prob- lenging" campaign. He must also fund-raiser concept, so helpful to artslems are not so much artistic as develop the many amenities tradi- organizations.managerial. tionally possessed by a "world-class" It was the telethon that lead him to Although the "major plunge" in orchestra, such as national and inter- the New York Philharmonic. Twothe NSOs trek to stardom, according national tours, regular radio broad- weeks after overseeing a victoriousto board member Austin Kiplinger, casts, large endowments and com- phone fund-raiser he joined the Phil-was in hiring Rostropovich, the or- mercial recordings. harmonics staff as orchestra man-chestra desperate ly needed the "We are probably the largest ager. Two months later he took thecounterweight of proper management budget symphony that does not have orchestra on a Japanese tour.and effective fundraising to curtail a regular radio broadcast, laments Next to his artistic counterpart, thethe frantic fire-stomping of past Fogel. "We only have a $6 .7 million ever effervescent Rostropovich, FogelYears . endowment while most orchestras might seem a strangely cold man for "To develop a first-class orchestra, have $25 million. And we still have serving the arts - one who mightwe need to develop a first-class fewer players than the standard sacrifice artistic integrity for sol-staff," said Leonard Silverstein, number for a symphony orchestra: vency. He is not.President of the NSOs Association. 102 rather than 106." "Henrys forte is his passionateThat is the most immediate of Fogels concern for music and the people in-many urgent tasks. Its a tough road - but Fogel has volved with it," said Nick Webster, "The artistic half of the orchestra navigated tough roads before. executive director of the New York has outstripped the fiscal half," said A man who once started a classical Philharmonic and Fogels recent em- Fogel in his hallmark seriousness. music radio station in his one room ployer. We are in the business, after"Frankly, the staff hasnt had the apartment, Fogels career as an arts all, of losing money wisely. You doleadership they need. Theyre dying entrepreneur has always been laced whats fair, what makes artistic sense.to be led by professional methods. with success . Not only did he make I didnt have to teach Henry that, itTheyve had to be worker plus execu- Syracuse the smallest city in the U .S. was instinctive." Dossier/November 1981/19
  14. 14. Fogel realizes that some things cant be sacrificed in the race for fi scal security. "You cant change the efficiency of an orchestra. When Beethoven wrote hi s symphonies, he did so for 100 players. He allowed 40 minutes to play them and two re- hearsals to perfect them." Another factor he cant change is that each rehearsal runs up a bill of $9,500. Two things he can improve, how- ever, are "audience development and increasing the source of funds." Fogels ideas are clear-cut. "My first goal is to get a good director of development. Currently, we dont have anyone on staff. I also want to develop regular radio broad- casting and to augment our endow- ment." His plans to nurture growing au- diences will affect Washington concert-goers as much as the concert- givers, through revamped concert times and schedules, reoriented pro- gramming and alternative touring. "There are a number of problems right now," said Fogel. "Playing concerts at 8:30 is terrible. Were the last house of the Center to open, theres no parking and you get home so late. Theres no Saturday perfor- mances either." Opening on Tuesday nights also presents problems in get- ting outstanding guest conductors, ~·~ according to Fogel. Tying up two Fri- day nights with rehearsals and inade- quate pay must be changed to attract TIIB BIUIIhRJIitfiIVAL notable guest artists, he feels. ~·~ "I also plan to take a look at the programming to get an overall per- spective on the whole season. There needs to be more Mozart, less Ravel, PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY more balance between old and new composers during the year and from ORCHESTRA program to program." Citing the fact that the orchestra Andre Previn, music director lost $300,000 in empty seats last year, • Fogel said, "Right now its better Two Performances Only! economically for the orchestra to play Saturday, November 2L 8:30p.m. to two-thirds of a house than not at all. What I have to determine in the YO YO MA, cello soloist next two years is if there is an au- ELGAR: Concerto tor Cello and Orchestra dience here or if touring is a better VAUGHAN Wlll.IAMS: Fantasia on a Theme ot Thomas Tallis ploy." WALTON: Symphony No.2 Then, he considered the artistic and ramifications. "Of course, bussing is Sunday November 22, 3.00 tiring, conditions for one night stands SUSAN DAVENNY WYNER, soprano soloist are awful." But, on the other hand. KNUSSEN: Symphony No. 3 "I might be able to build a new base BRITTEN: "Les Illuminations" for fund-raising through national VAUGHAN Wlll.IAMS: Symphony No. 5 tours." Orch 16.50, 1st tier 15.00,13.50, 2nd tier 11.50, Box seats 17.50 The biggest goal, however, oneTickets, Kennedy Center, WPAS Box Ottice. l330 G St. NW, Instant Charge, 857-0900 which Fogel has already set in motion A WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY PRESENTATION with Amways $250,000 donation to please turn to page 6710/November 1981 /Dossier
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  17. 17. From Bac tolimei~ Kennedy Centers MARTA ISTOMIN lstomin also wanted Marta by his BY ANNE BLAIR side. "You know," she confides, "I do have a kind of empathy, an understanding, for artists agony.Whats in a name? With Marta They all have it! Casals was often sickCasals Istomin the answer, clearly, is before a concert, and so is Eugene.music. To the dark-eyed, diminutive Stage fright is very real, but I seemdynamo who has been Artistic Direc- able to reassure performers that theirtor of the Kennedy Center for the last great strength and talent are still right19 months, music comes as easily as there." So during the first few yearsbreathing . of their marriage she accompanied She grew up in a highly musical lstomin on his many tours and keptPuerto Rican family, studied both house for them in a lovely New Yorkviolin and cello, and married - when apartment.she was barely 20 and he was past 80 Then, out of the blue, came a call- the renowned cellist, Pablo Casals. from former Supreme Court JusticeFirst as his promising young pupil, Abe Fortas, on behalf of the Kennedythen as his indispensable secretary Centers Board of Directors. Would("At the close of the day 1 would Marta think about discussing the postcome to help him with all those let- of artistic director with them? Fortasters ... ") and, finally, as his was an old friend who had been activecherished wife, she devoted nearly 20 in the Casals Festival, but it was aYears to helping him establish the hard decision to make.famous Casals Festival as well as the "I simply couldnt just dismiss thePuerto Rico Symphony and Conser- idea," she confesses . "It was anvatory of Music. "You see," Istomin honor, and a challenge! A positionexplains simply, "he just wanted me like that in the capital of the Unitedbeside him, always," and she doesnt States? Great not just for me, buthave to say any more about why she especially for Puerto Rico." So sherelinquished her own career as a per- and Eugene lstomin did a great dealforming musician to fulfill that need. of talking and thinking. After Casals death she remained in They decided it was an opportunityPuerto Rico for several years serving to become one of the top impresariosas co-chairman of the Board of Direc- in the country, based in a city whosetors and music director of the festi- to another world-famous maestro, cultural prowess had been skyrocket-val. She even did a little teaching at pianist Eugene Istomin. He had been ing during the Centers nearly 10-yearthe conservatory. Then, two years in- a great friend of Casals and some- history. When Chairman Rogerto young widowhood, came marriage thing of a protegee too. Stevens called with a firm offer, Mar- Dossier/November 1981/13
  18. 18. ta Casals Istomin said yes. Now, of course, the lstomins cant travel together on his various concert tours, and home is a duplex at the Watergate, within a stones throw of her office at the Center_ After three burglaries, the Manhattan apartment became neither practical nor desir- able, so "two thirds of our be- longings are just in storage now," For People VVIth the Taste Marta confides, with only a trace of a sigh, "but we love our apartment and the Time. here . _ . the view of the Potomac ... and we do have the piano!" Recently, with the maestro taking time off from concertizing, the handsome couple are a regular sight at most KenCen performances. There has been a chance for friends, and long walks and just being together_ The first big series inscribed with Marta lstomins creative signature The 1lQlJJpelier was launched this summer. The "Festival of Festivals" included the Haute cuisine in the Ewopean tradition of service. Carnegie Halls festival concerts, the In the Madison Hotel Lincoln Centers Mostly Mozart and 15th and M Sts., .W., Washington, D.C. 20005 the Aspen Music Festival. It was the Reservations suggested (202) 862-1600 Free interior parking first serious summer-time music series Marshall B. Coyne, Proprietor in the Centers history. It also was her first chance to begin carrying out her promise and dream of concentrating on American composers and musi- cians. "I know that my predecessor, Mar- tin Feinstein, did absolutely right in giving the Center stature interna- tionally, now I want to see our nation and its artistic endeavours come to the forefront. The arts here need our help to become recognized, and they need it economically, too." After running the artistic side of a major cultural institution like the Kennedy Center for the strenuous concluding year of its first decade, Marta Casals Istomin has no illusions about her job. Perhaps as "an artists artist" she never had any. In addition to the name that proclaims music and her ability to soothe stage- frightened artists, she has other for- midable credentials . She is on a first- name basis with most of the worlds great composers, artists and directors as well as having the perception of "box office" that is indispensable to any impresario . Queried about the difficulties of running the Center, she hesitated only for a moment over one word. "The only distasteful part of my job," she said, "is having to compromise. But thats true, I suppose, every- 5232 44th Street, NW, Washington, DC • Between Lord & Taylor & Mazza Gallerie • where. So many first-class performers Open 10-5 Mon. thru Sat. 966-0925. dont have Hollywood-style box of- fice appeal, and Id like to educate24/November 198/ /Dossier
  19. 19. audiences to make up their ownminds about quality. 1 hope beforelong people will come not because ofwho is performing, but for what ison the program. "The star system - that madethe movies - is pretty hard to com-bat. The stars, of course, are wonder-ful. They have arrived, and can guar-antee a full house. But there are thenot-quite stars, too, and young per-formers (like those in the AspenMusic Festival) who havent had achance to be heard, but who may wellbe the stars of tomorrow. "I hope to find new audienceswhile keeping the present ones con-tent and coming, and to educate peo-ple to recognize that there are many lt"s right below the horses hoof. The artist who designed The Flying Horse·· I hope to find new during the Han Dynasty (206 BC -220 AD) put it there to symbolize the horses audiences while keeping great speed. Our reproduction is 7-3/4" high. and comes in a satin-lined brocade presentation box. $135 includes shipping anywhere in the United States. Also the present ones content available. one-of-a-kind antique-panel Chinese tapestries. including many with the "forbidden stitch:· $300. Both. from our Oriental collection. and coming, and to educate people to THE MADISON SHOP The Madison Hotel 15th and M Sts .. N.W/Washington. D.C. 20005/202 862-1739 recognize that there are Open Monday through Friday. 10 till 6. or by appointment. many interpretations to Mail and phone orders accepted. music and dance - not just the one that the critics prefer. " CCheCXerr9-fouse Im younger now than I P-i= __... P p, ... . have been for years ... my friends are amazed at the trans-interpretations to music or dance - formation in me. I look and feelnot just the one that the criticsprefer!" relaxed, yet energized. My skin In September lstomin launched a glows. Ive lost pounds andpremier series of chamber music con- gained muscletone. Aches andcerts in the Terrace Theater. A Tues- self-doubts are gone and I feelday Evening Series and a Saturday __!.J.IL___IL__._.L-.J....L..II!i.I-=-.J~~~~.J...._ beautiful from the inside out.Evening Series will give audiences anopportunity to discover the nearly in- Im anxious to continue improving, and feel inspired to do so. Thanksexhaustible chamber music repertoire to five wonderful days at The Ke" House, I feel fantastic!"that is available. The American Por- K. Peterson, Glen Ridge, NJtraits Series will present important THE KERR HOUSE, a luxurious Private Health RetreatAmerican composers who will come, Accommodations for 6 to 8 guests each weekin person, to speak of their work andsometimes even participate in the per-formances. lstomin hopes intimacyof the Terrace Theater (only 475seats) will be an effective launchingpad for this sort of programming. "We are so blessed here," saysIstomin. "There is so much richnessof cultural opportunities, and suchpossibility for real exposure." TheKennedy Center ball would appear tobe in the very receptive court of an Write or call for information:unusually talented and perceptive LAURIE HOSTETLER, Director, 17605 Beaver Street ~-~lady. D Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522 (419) 832-1733 Dossier/November /98//25
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  21. 21. BY MARJ SKIN KER "Im gonna change my way of liv-ing and if that aint enough, Im gon-na change the way I strut my stuff,"says an old popular song. Is this youtoday? Have you made up your mind CHANGING THEto change your body? Perhaps theonset of the food-rich holiday seasonhas nudged you into an exerciseroutine that makes you feel good,think slim and look sexy. Its more than a seasonal aberra-tion in Washington, this currenthealth and fitness fad that has newclubs, spas and exercise classesmushrooming all over town. Its partof a national craze, a new zest forlife. "Ive signed up for the rest of mylife, Wilma Bernstein, wife ofWashington real estate developer, OF WASHINGTONStuart, says about Pat McKenneysclasses at Somebodies Exercise Studioin Georgetown. McKenneys 12teachers keep two exercise rooms inperpetual motion with a daily 16-classschedule that anyone can fit into (butbring your own towel). Using breathing techniques,aerobics and music, McKenney con-centrates on spinal alignment andteaches people how to increasecardio-vascular strength, while pro-ducing physiological changes with ex-ercise. "Many clients exercise as an exten-sion of therapy following injury orsurgery," says McKenney, "but mostcome to maintain health and relaxtensions and stress." And they come to change thebodys shape . "This kind ofexercise," says Bernstein, "changesthe way your body looks and the wayYou feel. l love the class regime, theinstruction. I will always exercise,"she says decisively. But group interaction is not for Representatives of area spas take advantage of the Smithsonians big top to "work out" witheveryone. First Lady Nancy Reagan stars of the ring. (L toR) Lottie Wolfe of Slender Shore and Sea Spring, Karen Diamond of the Karen Diamond School of Exercise, Lisa Dobloug of Saga, Helen OBrien of Shapes, Lauren pedals her stationary bike on the sec- Vanderkeen of Somebodies and (atop the ladder) Janice Moore, exercise specialist. Framingond floor of the White House for 15 the ladies is (L ro R) Blinko the Clown from Las Vegas, Melvin Murkhart, Shelia Cook and minutes every day. More than once Connie Daugherty, all from World Attractions. The performers were brought in from acrossshe has challenged her embarrassed, the country for the National Museum of American Historys second annual spring celebration of the history of pop entertainment. elevator-riding staff to new heights of fitness (or depths, depending on staffattitude!) by running up and down to jump into the saddle astride "Ole class and a teacher is vital. "Im notthe White House stairs, reports Bar- Paint," exchanging the reins of an exerciser at heart," declares Nancybara Cook, her assistant press government for those in the bit of a Howar Murphy. "I even tried the li-secretary. horses mouth whenever possible. quid protein diet. But Janice Moores Even the President has been known Yet for many, the discipline of a class is fantastic for toning muscles Dossier/November 1981127

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