Hollywood on the Potomac

Meridian Extravaganza!

November 18, 2019

“The many years spent in our Foreign Service followed by 17 years as President of Meridian International Center, confirmed to us then and now more than ever, the importance of Meridian’s mandate: to promote global understanding and engagement,” Ambassador Walter Cutler told Hollywood on the Potomac at the 51st Meridian Ball. “This entailed working closely with Washington’s large diplomatic community and both the public and private sectors. Didi and I could not have had more meaningful years as we galvanized our efforts into carrying out this mission. Attending our 51st Annual Ball this month confirmed that Meridian continues to thrive with our successors, Stuart and Gwen Holliday, at the helm.”

The Meridian Ball is one of the most prestigious annual events in Washington, DC. Now in its 51st year, this event brings together members of the public and private sector to celebrate Meridian’s ongoing efforts to prepare leaders for a complex global future. The Ball is well-attended by public officials including Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, prominent media figures, foreign ambassadors, and representatives from the international business and cultural communities. Guests have the option of choosing between an intimate Ambassador-hosted Dinner or the White-Meyer Dinner on Meridian’s campus. Following the dinners, guests from both the Ambassador-hosted Dinners and White-Meyer Dinner gather for dancing, dessert, and conversation at Meridian House.

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In Concert

November 7, 2019

“I would like to cordially welcome you at the Russian Embassy,” said Ambassador Anatoly Antonov.  “Today we honor three young but already accomplished musicians – Kenneth Broberg, Zlatomir Fung and Ansel Norris. They represented the US and became prize-winners of the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition. I am confident that the successful participation of the American colleagues in this prestigious competition will serve as a springboard in their professional career and international recognition of their talents.”

“Not many people know that the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 was won by a US citizen, outstanding pianist Van Cliburn,” he added. “His sensational performance in Moscow at the height of the Cold War helped break down cultural barriers and gave hope for finding mutual understanding between our countries based on love for classical music.”

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'To Catch a Thief'

October 31, 2019

"I think her artistic legacy is what we are celebrating this year as she would’ve turned 90,”  H.E.Maguy Maccario Doyle, Ambassador of Monaco to the United States, told Hollywood on the Potomac at a private event at the Motion Picture Association in downtown Washington, DC to mark the 90th Anniversary of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, co-hosted by Ambassador Charles Rivkin, Chairman MPA. “She is though – through film – young and beautiful forever. As a Princess of Monaco, of course we have fond memories of her and how generous she was of spirit and heart and how she relentlessly worked for Mediterranean causes. She continued to support and love the arts and that is why after her passing, Prince Rainier and his children launched this foundation which continued artistic legacy. The foundation helps identify emerging artists in three categories: dance, film and theater for special grants, scholarships and fellowships. And for the past 37 years, the foundation has awarded $16 million in prizes to more than 800 individuals nationwide, including here at home in Washington, DC. So that’s also why we are having this event today, to celebrate Princess Grace here in Washington.”

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