Scene Last Night: Kravis, Chelsea Clinton; Cat Pasties

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Marc Mezvinsky, partner and co-founder, Eaglevale Partners LP, and Chelsea Clinton, who is teaching a course at Columbia's School of Public Health and works as a special correspondent for NBC.

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Sarah Jessica Parker, a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Close

Sarah Jessica Parker, a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Marie-Josee Kravis and Henry Kravis of KKR & Co. Close

Marie-Josee Kravis and Henry Kravis of KKR & Co.

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Sandy Weill, second from left, chairman of Carnegie Hall, with Tom Maheras, left, a money manager, Sandra Hsu, a photographer, and Aaron Hsu, a money manager. Close

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Decor for Carnegie Hall's gala supper had an autumn theme. Close

Decor for Carnegie Hall's gala supper had an autumn theme.

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Joan Weill, Linda Lindenbaum and Judith Resnick. Close

Joan Weill, Linda Lindenbaum and Judith Resnick.

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Rosie Jowitt, a geologist, and Peter May, president and a founder of Trian Fund Management LP. Close

Rosie Jowitt, a geologist, and Peter May, president and a founder of Trian Fund Management LP.

The performance of "Carmina Burana" was "very forceful" said Philipp Hensler, CEO and chairman, OppenheimerFunds Distributor Inc. "It has the biggest percussion since Mahler," Michele Hensler added. "Nobody was going to sleep through that." Close

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Deborah Rutter, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. Close

Deborah Rutter, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association.

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Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen and Marilyn Horne, the American mezzo-soprano whose foundation supports vocal artists. Close

Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen and Marilyn Horne, the American mezzo-soprano whose foundation supports vocal artists.

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In the ballroom, an orchestra serenaded guests as they mingled. Close

In the ballroom, an orchestra serenaded guests as they mingled.

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Writers Ina Caro and Robert Caro. Close

Writers Ina Caro and Robert Caro.

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Beth Nash and Joshua Nash, a board member of Carnegie Hall. Close

Beth Nash and Joshua Nash, a board member of Carnegie Hall.

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Jetson is a foster cat looking for a permanent home. Anjellicle Cats Rescue saved him from the euthansia list at New York City's pound. Close

Jetson is a foster cat looking for a permanent home. Anjellicle Cats Rescue saved him from the euthansia list at New York City's pound.

At Carnegie Hall’s opening night, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Carmina Burana” sped by so quickly that the civic-minded could head home in time for the first presidential debate.

Others opted for dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Guided by Riccardo Muti and only recently recovered from a two-day musicians’ strike, the orchestra was joined by the Chicago Children’s Choir. The audience included Chelsea Clinton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Henry Kravis and Peter May.

“I feel exuberant,” said Deborah Rutter, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, at the Waldorf. “I was right next to the Children’s Choir. The kids were so into it.”

Rutter, in a Nicole Miller gown, shared her table with Bianca Jagger and Robert Caro for a meal of Portobello mushroom and grilled eggplant, followed by petite osso bucco and flourless chocolate hazelnut cake.

An orchestra played “I Could Have Danced All Night,” although there was no dancing.

Guests table-hopped and applauded the arrival of the Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen, who said he is giving himself one day to see New York. Among his goals: to find a pub where he can watch his favorite football club, Tottenham Hotspur, play Greece’s Panathinaikos in Athens.

Muti did not make it to the Waldorf. “He’s not here for a very good reason -- he got exhausted doing what he did,” said Sanford Weill, chairman of Carnegie Hall.

“And he’s got two more concerts in the next two nights,” added the hall’s executive and artistic director, Clive Gillinson.

The evening raised “a little over $2.7 million,” Weill said.

Cats Rescue

Friends of felines passed the donation bucket last night for Anjellicle Cats Rescue, a nonprofit that saves animals from the pound before their time runs out. The third annual “Catbaret” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre starred, among others, Broadway performer Trisha Rapier (“Sister Act”), Stephanie Sellars -- who as “Lusty Le Mew” stripped down to her pasties -- and singer-songwriter Laura MacLean.

MacLean’s rendition of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” drew tears from the audience as a slide show of animals in need appeared in the background. The benefit ended on a high note with the full cast singing the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.”

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Nancy Moran is an editor for Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are their own.)

Muse highlights include Rich Jaroslovsky on technology, Manuela Hoelterhoff on the arts.

To contact the writers on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net or on Twitter at @amandagordon; Nancy Moran in New York at nmoran@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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