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Dreaming of Winter at Music Center

September 28, 1986|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

New York has its Rockefeller Plaza at Christmas. The White House has its lighted Christmas tree. Los Angeles is about to have "WinterFest"--call it US Sprint WinterFest, because US Sprint Pacific Division is the big underwriter.

The idea is to transform the Music Center into a winter wonderland. The festivities will be launched with a benefit concert gala in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Dec. 9, and then festivities will continue through Dec. 31.

The concert is the idea of Lili Zanuck, recently appointed to the board of governors of the Music Center. She'll create and produce the concert. Anne Johnson will head WinterFest Plaza activities. Chardee Trainer will stage the gala dinner.

The other noon they hosted a luncheon in The Founders to tell all: Award-winning composers/musicians Henry Mancini, Lionel Newman, Dave Grusin, Randy Newman and John Williams will star; a stellar personality will host; and an 80-piece orchestra will perform. In the spirit of the season, the evening will include free outdoor festivities on the Plaza, gaily decorated, for the $8 and $15 ticket-holders.

After the concert, black-tie supporters (at $250 each) will hasten to the Grand Hall for dinner and more entertainment by the International Children's Choir and Murry Korda's violins.

Needless to say, the new venture is expected to become a tradition. The thought of that had some of the city's brightest cooking up ideas faster than you can say Santa Claus--including Jackie Rosenberg, talking of "gold angels at $5,000," and Mrs. Jerome Fein, Mrs. John F. Hotchkis, Mrs. Philip J. Koen, Mrs. Earle M. Jorgensen, Virginia S. Milner, Mrs. Chase Morsey Jr., Mrs. Bob Ray Offenhauser, Margaret B. Parker, Mrs. R. Stanton Avery, Mrs. Gregson Bautzer, Mrs. Corwin D. Denney,, Mrs. Stuart M. Ketchum, Mrs. Kenny Rogers, Mrs. Ted Mann, Sandra Moss, Gale Hayman, Mrs. Leonard Goldberg and Mrs. Michael Eisner.

Expect 17,000 lights.

Yes, it has been a coolish September. There were at least a dozen full-length furs, wisely worn and absolutely necessary ingredients for toastiness, the other evening when the Members of the Childrens Chain of Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles entertained at their annual dinner and dance. Brooke Young, wearing a sleeveless white chiffon, commented, "I'm so cold, I'm stuttering." Said John Sturgeon, "It's going to be a cold winter; my acorns are falling early."

However, once the crowd converged on the tennis courts for dinner (the party was in the gardens of Frank and Evelyn Vodhanel, with cocktails around the pool), the electric heaters were awaiting. And rock and twist, swing and bop took care of the rest.

Party chairman Cheryl Baker was in white and gold lame, greeting guests with her husband, Bob. Also taking official duties were Peggy Galbraith, Childrens Chain chairman, and her husband, Jim, and co-chairman Mrs. William Hull.

Everyone was saying what a pretty party it was, thanks to decor by The Kensington Garden overseen by Mrs. George Harb and Mrs. Thomas Larkin. Somerset Catering, chosen by Mrs. Gary Griff and Mrs. Randolph Stockwell, produced a rather sinful chocolate dessert table, causing lots to opt for seconds.

Mrs. Russell D. Keely headed the patronesses. More on committees included Mrs. Richard Schreiber, Mrs. Llewellyn Miller, Mrs. Frederic Rheinstein (in purple taffeta), Mrs. Robert Bell, Mrs. Bruce Ludwick, Mrs. Christian Frere, Mrs. Ray T. McCullough (her guests included Kate and Joe Regan), Mrs. Richard Johnson, Mrs. David J. O'Keefe, Mrs. Peter Ziegler, Mrs. Thomas Rauth, Mrs. Arthur Bartholomew, Mrs. Norman Mitchell (her husband good-naturedly took photos since Rose Mary was publicity chairman), Mrs. John W. Given, Mrs. Arthur McClure and Mrs. James Cheney (she's past chairman).

More in the crowd were the Shannon Clynes, the William Mingsts, the Peter McCoys, the Jamie Bennetts, the Robert Lowes, the Richard Gordiniers, the Peter Barkers, the Danford Bakers, the Thomas Techentins--a handsome crowd. Proceeds will benefit the rehabilitation center of the hospital.

The house of Jean Patou (some say the boldest of French haute couture designers) will present the first public viewing of its full '86-'87 fall and winter collection in the United States on Oct. 30. Alain Galliano, French trade commissioner for Los Angeles, has announced that the collection will be featured in "A Salute to French Impressions," a gala celebration and dinner to benefit the Costume Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The black-tie fashion extravaganza at the Beverly Wilshire will kick off "French Impressions '86," a major exposition of French fashions and home furnishings at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The exposition runs Oct. 30-Nov. 2.

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