Embassy Series Honors Gertrude d’Amecourt
The Jan. 23 Embassy Series program of Schubert/Mozart Birthday Celebrations at the Embassy of Austria was dedicated to the late Viscountess Gertrude d’Amecourt to the delight of her family and many friends attending. Board Chair Ian Portnoy spoke of the “mission of musical diplomacy.” Founder and Artistic Director hailed “Gertie” as a grande dame of Washington and of the world.” He then took to the stage accompanied by pianist George Peachey to enchant with his internationally acclaimed baritone. The remaining program was ably interpreted by Lithuanian pianist Edvinas Minkštimas, and later by Yevgeny Kutik on violin and Timothy Bozarth on piano. A post-performance reception included tempting sweets from the Sweet Diablo Portuguese bakery.