Wolf Trap Ball's 'Joie de Vivre'
Amid scenes of the Paris opera house and Eiffel Tower, the Wolf Trap Ball Sept. 21 -- under the patronage of Ambassador of France Francois Delattre and his wife Sophie L'Helias-Delattre -- moved elegantly into songs, dining and dancing despite the evening's downpours. On stage in front of the opera house backdrop, built by the Wolf Trap Opera Company production team, soprano Mireille Asselin sang "Juliette's Waltz." Ball co-chairs Karen Schaufeld spoke of the power of music and memory and Sean O'Keefe thanked major sponsor Airbus and saluted the U.S.-France partnership, which Delattre said has "never been stronger than … today." It was the first ball for the new boss, Wolf Trap's President and CEO Arvind Manocha. The gala-goers stayed to dance to the likes of "I Got a Feeling" and "Blurred Lines." The ball raised more than $1 million -- a record -- for Wolf Trap.