New York – On Wednesday night, the unconventional virtuoso of the piano, Lang Lang, and the Grammy-winning recording artist John Legend came together for a one-night collaboration to celebrate the Power of Creation with Dom Pérignon, at the historic St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City.
Moët Hennessy USA CEO Jim Clerkin and Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy were joined by Kelly Rutherford, Maxwell, Casey Neistat, Greg Calejo, Neville Wakefield, Glenn Fuhrman & Amanda Steck, Nick Cohen, Anne Pasternak, Christian Siriano, Lex Fenwick, Honorable Maguy Maccario-Doyle, Sean MacPherson & Rachelle Hruska, RK King, Stefano Tonchi, Richard Pandiscio, Robert Souza, Simon Huck, Princess Khaliya Aga Khan, Colin & Elizabeth Callender, Jennifer Missoni, Francesco Maccapani Missoni, Olivia Sandelman, Izak & Sarah Senbahar, Olivier van Themsche, Keith and Inga Rubenstein, and many more!
Beginning at 8:30pm in the Main Chapel, Lang Lang and John Legend joined together to perform “Dancing in the Dark,” Chopin’s “Here Comes the Sun,” and Legend’s hits “All of Me,” and “Ordinary People.” The performance was followed by a sit-down dinner in front of the historic chancel and aspe which features mosaic scenes by celebrated American artist Hildredth Meiere.
The dinner menu was specifically designed by Chef Josh Capon to be paired with the three Dom Pérignon vintages served – Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003, Dom Pérignon Rosé 2000, and Dom Pérignon Œnothèque 1966; in partnership with Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon’s Chef de Cave and Creator of Vintages.
The evening continued Dom Pérignon’s “Power of Creation” series, bringing together the maestros of creativity to collaborate on an inspired combustion of ideas, aesthetics and performance. All experiences are designed to express the values of creation and to have guests enjoy the extraordinary tension inherent in Dom Pérignon.
Dom Pérignon celebrates the power of creation and those that venture beyond the frontiers of the known, and invent extraordinary futuristic experiences, sensations, emotions, dreams, images and objects. Each new vintage of Dom Pérignon is inspired by the same quest, the same willingness to risk going beyond the known and the same taste for experimentation. Each vintage is a new beginning.
These creators have inspired vision, imagination and passion to transcend their creative fields to create a timeless legacy.
LANG LANG – The unconventional virtuoso of the piano. The Chinese concert pianist, Lang Lang, combines a classical repertoire with pop-culture showmanship. He appeared on the Olympic stage – performing at the opening of the Beijing games. Although his later training was in the United States and he now lives in New-York, he has close ties to his native country as a cultural ambassador for China. Testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
JOHN LEGEND – The Grammy-award winning recording artist. John Legend is a nine-time Grammy Award winning recording artist, critically-acclaimed concert performer, philanthropist/social activist, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. In 2007, Legend launched the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit organization fighting poverty around the world. John also sits on the Boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, and the Harlem Village Academies. Legend has been honored several times for his activism, including the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, and the 2009 Africare’s Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award.
RICHARD GEOFFROY – Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy, the scion of a long line of Côte des Blanc winegrowers, was born in the heart of Champagne country in 1954, in the town of Vertus, set amid the Chardonnay vineyards. Going against what might have seemed to be a predestined career in the world of wine, he took up medicine and received his doctorate in 1982. He then went back to his roots and enrolled in the École Nationale d’Œnologie in Reims. Today, he never wonders why he gave up medicine but why he didn’t respond to the call of the vine in the first place. This detour, however, only made the return to the source more rewarding. Geoffroy began his second career in wine in the Napa Valley, an experience that taught him the basics of the business. He became the technical adviser for Domaines Chandon, acting as a link between Champagne and the New World vineyards. This was a second detour in his career: he learned his trade on foreign soil before fully exercising it in Champagne.