Arts for the Aging Celebrates 26th Annual Gala — Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg receives Sarnoff Award

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Janine Tursini, Ryan Wilson and Joyce Hagel Silverman

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Janine Tursini, Ryan Wilson and Joyce Hagel Silverman

Arts for the Aging, the Washington area’s premier organization for bringing arts to the elderly, celebrated the 26th anniversary of its founding with a gala celebration at the Society of Cincinnati at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The gala featured the presentation of the 6th Annual Sarnoff Award to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Justice Ginsburg was honored for distinguished service, humanitarianism, creativity and a lifelong engagement in the arts. Philanthropists and arts advocates Bill and Dorothy McSweeny presented the award to her, and special guests saluted Justice Ginsburg with personal toasts.

Shahin Mafi, a member of the board of Arts for the Aging and founder and CEO of Home Health Connection, chaired the Gala. Joyce S. Hagel-Silverman, Ph.D., trustee of AFTA, and Sheila Switzer, liaison with the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide were Gala Vice-Chairs. Members of Washington’s diplomatic corps were part of an honorary host diplomatic committee, including H.E. Elena Poptodorova, Ambassador of Bulgaria, H.E. Mohamed M. Tawfik, Ambassador of Egypt and Dr. Amani Amin, H.E. Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Ambassador of Finland, H.E. Ashok Kumar, Ambassador of Singapore and Mrs. Gouri Kumar.

The sponsors reception included a performance by members of Verge Ensemble. The Verge Ensemble is the performance group of the Contemporary Music Forum and the New Music Ensemble-in-Residence at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Lolo Sarnoff, the Swiss-German artist, scientist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, is founder and chair emerita of Arts for the Aging. Her outstanding accomplishments are many, and she has held philanthropic and volunteer positions with the Washington National Opera, the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Washington Ballet, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran School of Art. She founded AFTA in 1988 at the age of 72, realizing her personal dream “Do today as much as possible. Tomorrow may never come.”

Previous Sarnoff award winners include Irving Fields, pianist, composer and arranger; Carmel Quinn, singer, storyteller and comedienne; Jerome Barry, performance artist, master teacher, founder of Embassy Series; Dorothy Kosinski, director of The Phillips Collection; and Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.), author, humanitarian and philanthropist.

“The vision of Arts for the Aging, or AFTA as it is often called, is to model and promote how very important dignity and compassion are in the care of older adults,” says AFTA Executive Director Janine Tursini. “Our programs demonstrate that arts intervention strategies are very successful in providing accessible and uplifting ways to cope with changing abilities as people age.”

As the Washington region’s leading arts service organization delivering life-enhancing and innovative experiences to older people — in day care centers, nursing homes, assisted living and community centers — AFTA’s customized arts engagements are led by trained artists and designed to minimize the effects of ranges of physical and cognitive challenges. Immersion in visual, musical, performing, literary, and intergenerational arts programs sparks the memory, lifts the spirit and creates social bonds, all so vital to impaired, vulnerable and isolated older adults.

Proceeds from the Gala will help AFTA provide high-quality experiences at dozens of adult day care centers, nursing homes, assisted living and community centers in the Washington metropolitan area. Arts for the Aging is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and offers most of its services free of charge.

For more information, visit info@aftaarts.org.

Shahin Mafi, Sheila Switzer, Justice Ginsburg, an unidentified woman, and  Bill Dunlap

Shahin Mafi, Sheila Switzer, Justice Ginsburg, an unidentified woman, and Bill Dunlap

Justice Ginsburg addresses the gala guests.

Justice Ginsburg addresses the gala guests.

Bill and Dorothy McSweeny  present the Sarnoff award to Justice Ginsburg.

Bill and Dorothy McSweeny present the Sarnoff award to Justice Ginsburg.

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Swedish Midsummer Event at the nightclub The Cellar Bar in New York

ON FRIDAY, June 20, Privé Club is arranging its official yearly Midsummer event at the nightclub The Cellar Bar in the Bryant Park Hotel in New York.

GUESTS, who are asked to wear their fanciest Swedish attire, will descend into the candle lit and flower-decked nightclub to enjoy cocktails, Midsummer delicacies and the famous Swedish Snaps, and listen to soundtracks by Francis Mercier.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, table reservations, sponsorship opportunities and group tickets, contact https://www.privegrouptickets.com/helena. Facebook link for the event is https://www.facebook.com/events/523918024403384/?fref=ts. Guest must be 21+ with valid state ID for entry.

CELLAR BAR Bryant Park Hotel is located at 40 West 40th St, New York, NY 10018, (212) 642-2200, www.cellarbarbryantparkhotel.com.

Swedish Midsummer Festival in New York

ON FRIDAY, June 20 between 5 to 8 p.m., the annual Swedish Midsummer Festival will take place in in Robert F. Wagner Park, Battery Park City on lower Manhattan (rain or shine). Adults and children will gather for a picnic in the grass, decorate the midsummer pole, make flower wreaths, play traditional games and dance to authentic fiddle music for this unique celebration. Food stands will offer delicacies from some of New York’s finest Swedish restaurants and food purveyors.

THE EVENT IS sponsored by IKEA Brooklyn, Handelsbanken, Investor, Scandinavian Airlines, SEB, Skanska, SVT World, Swedbank, Swedish Match, The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and Ambassador and Mrs. Lyndon L. Olson, Jr., with additional support from Efva Attling, Eriksen Translations, Eton, FACE Stockholm, Fj?lr?en, Gudrun Sj?d?, SWEA New York and The Heimbold Foundation.

THE CONSULATE General of Sweden does not organize or sponsor any other midsummer event than the celebration in Battery Park City. Consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places is prohibited by law in New York City.

Swedish filmmaker and producer Daniel Bramme finds success in Hollywood

Daniel BrammeSwedish producer and filmmaker Daniel Bramme

THE SWEDISH film industry is increasing its interest in the North American film industry. While Hollywood is searching for Swedish talent, investors in Sweden are looking to invest in Hollywood. Daniel Bramme, the Swedish producer and filmmaker, finds himself positioned well in this new development. He has been asked to find and acquire Swedish films to be distributed in the U.S.

BRAMME says, “I received proposals from production companies in Los Angeles to work as a producer for European music videos. This was a couple of years ago. I was invited to meet them when I visited L.A. but I soon realized that it was nothing I actually wanted to work with at that time. Instead my mentor, Mr Cody Shearer, asked me if I were interested in working with feature films, adaptations and distribution. That was something that hit me in the face since I always wanted to combine my contacts in politics, economy and culture. I was introduced to a well-known distribution company, and they had the same ideas as Idid. On Christmas Eve, I received a work offer and proposal from this company.”

Daniel BrammeFilmmaker and producer Daniel Bramme

BRAMME IS ORIGINALLY from the music video and documentary side of film production and developed an interest in international distribution with his work for The Swedish Trade Council in Stockholm now known as Business Sweden. He now has gained recognition internationally as a matchmaker in the film industry.

“THE SWEDISH film industry has always aimed to reach Hollywood in one sense or the other. Even people outside of the industry in Sweden sometimes dream of going to Hollywood, being an actress or actor, producer or director. Our market and industry is small compared to the one in the U.S. so getting a movie distributed, sold or remade in the U.S. is something filmmakers in Sweden strive for.”

DANIEL BRAMME grew up in Haninge, a suburb south of Stockholm. He studied at The Fredrika Bremer College and later attended The Stockholm Film School where he enrolled in a two-year master’s degree course.

“MY INITIAL INTEREST came from — as with many other filmmakers — the family’s first video camera. At that time it was just a hobby. The beginning of my professional career came with my first paid job, a music video, at the end of my studies at The Stockholm Film School. I think that’s the point where it all started; I understood that I was actually able to work with something in which I was genuinely interested,” says Bramme.

Daniel Bramme

“WHEN I first started out, I was one of the younger in the Swedish film industry to actually approach companies and artists outside the country. This gave me an opportunity to create lasting relationships, which I still have today. At that time I was involved in many of the music videos filmed in Sweden. Later on I ran some of the major film productions around fashion shows and catwalks for different brands.”

NOW Daniel Bramme works with feature films and documentaries, helping people getting connections and opportunities that might not come so easy.

SOME OF the companies and artists he has worked with are L’Oreal, Hunky Dory, Whyred, The Hives, Johnossi and Ison o Fille.

“WORKING WITH The Swedish Trade Council was probably the best thing that could have happened to me outside of the film industry. It was there my interest for international relations were awakened and that in turn is the indirect reason to why I now work with American distribution.”

Jenny Lind Concert with Christina Nilsson and Thomas Rudberg at the House of Sweden in Washington

Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale Concert and ReceptionSoprano Christina Nilsson and pianist Thomas Rudberg performed at the House of Sweden on Sunday, June 8.

ON SUNDAY, June 8 the Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale concert and reception was held at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. Soprano Christina Nilsson, the Jenny Lind Scholar 2014, and pianist Thomas Rudberg, the Accompanist Scholar on the Jenny Lind Tour, performed a program with composers Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Sibelius and Stenhammar among others.

Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale Concert and ReceptionSoprano Christina Nilsson, Ingrid Beach and pianist Thomas Rudberg

CHRISTINA NILSSON is a promising young soprano with a bright future. She won the Jenny Lind Scholarship 2014 for her “rich, charismatic and warm voice that expresses great artistry.” In 2011 she was accepted at the University College of Opera in Stockholm. Despite her young age, she has sung in several operas, among them as Despina in “Cosi fan Tutte” and First Lady in “Magic Flute,” both by Mozart.

THOMAS RUDBERG is an accomplished pianist, who studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and continues his music studies at the Edsberg Music Institute. As a chamber musician and soloist he has toured in many countries. Together with violinist Yong-min Lee and cellist Erik Uusij?vi, he started the Edsbacka Piano Trio in 2008.

Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale Concert and Reception

Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale Concert and Reception
Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale Concert and Reception

‘My Two Worlds: Sweden and America’ was the topic when SACU founder Ingrid Beach was interviewed by Kate Novak at SACU Luncheon at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Rosslyn, Va., on May 22

Ingrid Beach and Kate Novak

Ingrid Beach being interviewed by Kate Novak

“MY TWO WORLDS: Sweden and America” was the topic when SACU (Swedish-American Cultural Union) founder Ingrid Beach was interviewed about her upbringing and life in the United States and Sweden on Thursday, May 22. The spring’s last SACU luncheon featured a unique, in-person interview with Ms. Beach, about her bi-cultural life in Sweden as well as in the United States over many, many years. Kate Novak, a member of SACU’s Board of Advisors, conducted the interview. The luncheon was held at the Marriott Key Bridge Hotel in Rosslyn, Va. 

Ingrid Beach and Kate Novak

‘Music: Stories to be told – Selma Lagerl?f & Fanteladda, A Musical Saga from V?mland’ performed at the House of Sweden in Washington

Mats Berglund, Eva Coyle and Jonas Jansson performed Mats Berglund, Eva Coyle and Jonas Jansson performed “Fanteladda, A Musical Saga from V?mland” at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 28.

“MUSIC: Stories to be told – Selma Lagerl?f & Fanteladda, A Musical Saga from V?mland” was performed by musicians Mats Berglund, Eva Coyle and Jonas Jansson at the House of Sweden in Washington on Wednesday, May 28.

“FANTELADDA” is a musical saga about a poor girl whose only possession was a great love of dancing. The world-renowned and – Nobel prize winning – Swedish author Selma Lagerl?f grew up in the region of V?mland and was familiar with the story of “Fanteladda,” which she heard in her childhood, and touches in her writings. The concert contained the traditional folk music of V?mland with which Selma Lagerl?f grew up and to which she often returned in her writings.

‘Embassy Night’ held at the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington

"Embassy Night" at the Embassy of the Philippines in WashingtonNational Press Club Chair Myron Belkind and Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. of the Philippines

AN “EMBASSY NIGHT” with a special briefing and reception was held at the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington on Tuesday, May 13. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. discussed his country’s role in the world and in South East Asia.

The briefing was followed by a reception of Philippine delicacies.

The 89th Virginia Gold Cup Races held in The Plains, Virginia on May 3

Virginia Gold CupThe 89th Virginia Gold Cup Races

Virginia Gold CupMichael Coursey, Mentor Foundation USA; Gunilla Girardo, Executive Director, Mentor Foundation USA; and A. Dennis Baxter II, Hawthorne Hemlock

THE 89TH Virginia Gold Cup Races was held on Saturday, May 3. This popular annual horse race competition usually draws a large audience, with many guests dressed in beautiful and creative outfits and hats. Sponsors serve food and beverages in their white sponsor tents. And the event is always very festive.

Virginia Gold Cup

Virginia Gold Cup

Virginia Gold Cup
Virginia Gold Cup
Virginia Gold Cup
Virginia Gold Cup