By Colleen Ferguson
Photography: Ben Petchel
On the 300th anniversary of the death of French monarch Louis XIV, Chatham Baroque’s 16th Annual Twelfth Night Gala welcomed more than 200 guests to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center for a night of celebrating fine art in classic baroque fashion. This year’s gala honored the contributions Louis XIV made to the art world, including commissioning many compositions, which Chatham Baroque still performs today. “The highlight of the event, for me, is always the performance by Chatham Baroque musicians,” says Chatham Baroque Executive Director Marc Giosi. The musical ensemble dazzled guests with compositions played on instruments from the time period, including baroque violin and viola da gamba. A four-course dinner from The Capital Grille and time-specific libations provided by Bar Marco set the tone for the debonair event. “Since we were celebrating the death of a monarch, we set the theme as ‘funereal cocktail chic’ and just left it at that,” Giosi says. “We were very excited to see what people would do with it.” Guests’ garb ranged from classic black dresses to elaborate Victorian attire. More than $56,000 was raised through art auctions, featuring local artists Ron Copeland and photographer Gavin Benjamin, to support its mission of music education!