MUSICAL HONORS: It was a family affair for Ron Frasch at the Plaza Hotel last week. The president and chief merchant of Saks Fifth Avenue and his wife Georgia were among the honorees at the Orchestra of St. Luke’s annual Gift of Music gala and they brought along their three children, a son and two daughters, to enjoy the festivities. The event also honored Josie Cruz Natori, founder and chief executive of the Natori Co., and event designer David Monn, who decorated the room in a garden theme, complete with live trees and dozens of white doves (not live). The three were honored for their commitment to the orchestra over the years. Georgia Frasch has been a board member of the organization since 2005, and Natori, a classically trained pianist, is so enamored with the group that at her 50th birthday bash at Carnegie Hall, they served as her back-up orchestra. Hosted by Paul Zahn, the event raised $1 million for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s performance and education programs and its new home, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and featured a performance by the company’s principal conductor, Pablo Heras-Casado, and bass-baritone Eric Owens.
May 16, 2012