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Last night, for the first time ever, the French brought the world's oldest and most distinguished ballet to The Haris Theater in Millennium Park. The Paris Opera Ballet opened their tour of Giselle to a crowd belonging to the social set, buffs of artistic nature and involved political figures.
The evening opened with pre-event cocktails, which was followed by a short speech by Mayor Rham Emanuel encouraging the trajectory of Chicago's impeccable history as a haven for the arts. The Opening Night Gala progressed including a quick nosh on french chocolates and Champagne, the fairytale performance of Giselle and a three course black tie dinner on Chase Promenade hosted by the mayor. Well-dressed guests in attendance included Christina Gibwitz, chairwoman of Johnson Publishing, Linda Johnson Rice, head of Graff on Oak, Eve Rogers, chair, Abby McCormick O'Neil, artistic director, Brigitte Lefevre, social networker, Neal Zucker, ex-Michigan Avenue Magazine editor and currently at Sun Times, Susanna Negovan (sans her news anchor husband Tom), columnist, Hedy Weiss, Caryn and King Harris of Harris Investments and The Art Institute of Chicago, blogger, Candace Jordan, and Alexandra and John Nichols of their namesake foundation among other notable socialites dripping with jewels.
· The Paris Opera Ballet [Paris Opera]
· The Harris Theater [Official Site]