Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Celebratory evenings

Executive Director Matthew VanBesien, Rosie Jowitt, Gala Co Chairs Angela Chen, Shirley Young, Agnes Tsu Tang, and Oscar L. Tang, and Karen LeFrak, Special Events Chair at New York Philharmonic's third-annual Chinese New Year Gala.
On Saturday, February 1, the New York Philharmonic held its third-annual Chinese New Year Gala. Over 300 guests attended and $1 million was raised for the Philharmonic.

The celebratory evening ushered in the Year of the Horse with a Gala concert highlighting the cultural heritage of China and America and honoring the Chinese-American community. The concert program featured Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang performing Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Taiwanese-American violinist Cho-Liang Lin performing Dvořák's Romance for Violin and Orchestra; and Chinese-born cellist Jian Wang performing Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme. The three soloists together performed Tan Dun's The Triple Resurrection, which includes music from the composer's scores for the Martial Arts Trilogy, comprising Hero; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and The Banquet. Song Zuying, the renowned folk and pop singer who hails from the Hunan province, joined the Orchestra for several Chinese folk songs, wearing traditional attire.
A traditional Dragon Dance was performed by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company on Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza
For the third-consecutive year, a traditional Dragon Dance was performed by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company on Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza preceding the concert and inside Avery Fisher Hall throughout the evening. The dancers were joined on the plaza by 40 American children from the National Dance Institute performing Chinese New Year: The Year of the Horse, inspired by Mongolian folk dances.

Guests of the Chinese New Year Gala arrived at Avery Fisher Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m. for an hour-long cocktail reception on the Grand Promenade. The concert began at 7:30 p.m., followed by a traditional Chinese attire/black-tie dinner, also on the Grand Promenade.
Yuja Wang, Jian Wang, Cho Liang Lin, and Long Yu, and the New York Philharmonic
The evening's event was catered by Restaurant Associates, and the décor was provided by Van Vliet & Trap.

Honorary Chairmen for the Gala were Mr. and Mrs. Maurice R. Greenberg, and H.E. Ambassador Sun Guoxiang and Madam Wang Min. The Gala Co-Chairmen were Angela Chen, Guoqing Chen and Ming Liu, Gary W. Parr, Agnes Tsu-Tang and Oscar L. Tang, and Shirley Young.
Vocalist Song Zuying in traditional attire
Conductor Long Yu, Gala Co Chairmen Agnes Tsu Tang, and Oscar Tang
H.E. Ambassador Guoziang Sun (Honorary Gala Chairman) and Chairman Gary Parr
Anne and Christopher Flowers, Rosie Jowitt, and Executive Director Matthew VanBesien
Ron Ulrich and Christian Lange
Steven Heyer and Margaret Holmes
Cellist Jian Wang
Elizabeth and Frank Newman
Oscar Tang and Agnes Tsu Tang
Chairman Gary Parr, Shirley Young, and Zhang Mei Fang
Kenneth and Noreen Buckfire
Ming Liu and Guoqing Chen (Gala Co Chairs)
Long Yu, vocalist Song Zuying, Chairman Gary Parr, and H.E. Ambassador Guoziang Sun (Honorary Gala Chairman)
Oscar Tang and Agnes Tsu Tang (Gala Co Chairmen), Rosie Jowitt, and Executive Director Matthew VanBesien
H.E. Ambassador Guoxiang Sun (Honorary Gala Chairman) and Executive Director Matthew VanBesien
Pianist Yuja Wang and Guoqing Chen
Angela Chen, Conductor Long Yu, and vocalist Song Zuying
Sandy Warshawsky and Stan Warshawsky
Shirley Young (Gala Co Chair) and Zhang Xin
Karen and Richard LeFrak
Kimberly Strauss
NY Philharmonic Chairman Gary Parr and Wang Boming
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
Long Yu and Angela Chen
On January 30, 2014, The Komansky Center for Children's Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's 4th annual Plates for Pediatrics benefit raised a record amount, over $650,000 to support the center's children's programs. Maggie Gyllenhaal attended the sold-out event as the Honorary Chair. Sponsored by Max Mara, the benefit drew over 300 attendees to the St. Regis New York.

The event included a silent auction of a series of unique dinner plates curated by Art & Advisory, LLC. The plates were designed and painted by artists Jonathan Adler, Todd Norsten, Jim Shaw, and Rob Fischer.
Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Dr. Laura Forese, Maria Giulia Maramotti, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Dr. Herbert Pardes
Gretchen Englander, Leslie Finerman, Ritu Sahai-Mittal, Anjli Bhandari, Vaughn Dorrian, Marcie Pantzer, and Angela Clofine
The benefit, hosted by Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Pediatrician-in-Chief at the Komansky Center for Children's Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, along with the Pediatric Support Committee and the Children's Advisory Council, raised funds for several children's programs: Child Life Services, a program that helps alleviate children's fears surrounding the hospital experience; The Pediatric Simulation Center, a multidisciplinary approach to clinical education, research, and patient safety initiatives; The Perinatal Center, which provides a multidisciplinary approach to fetal diagnoses, counseling and care; and the Residency Education Program, a three-year pediatric residency program designed to provide residents with the basic tools for the practice of pediatrics.

Guests included; Andrew Ross Sorkin, Maria Giulia Maramotti, Max Mara Retail Director for North America; Dr. Laura Forese, Group Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and President of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System; Dr. Herbert Pardes, Executive Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Allison Aston, Marcie Pantzer, Veronica Beard, Vaughn Dorrian, Ammara Yaqub, Alex and Bara Tisch, and Aviva Drescher. Donny Deutsch served as the event's Honorary Auctioneer.
The Komansky Center for Children's Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's 4th annual Plates for Pediatrics benefit at the St. Regis
NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Center for Children's Health, which is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, provides the best available care in every area of pediatrics in a family-friendly and technologically advanced setting. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit
Michael Clofine, Angela Clofine, Michael Dorrian, and Vaughn Dorrian
Allison Aston
Dr. Gerald Loughlin and Dr. Laura Forese
Manish Mittal and Ritu Sahai-Mittal
Marcie and Jordan Pantzer
Jill Kargman and Aviva Drescher
Veronica Beard
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Maria Giulia Maramotti
Jennifer Oken, Kathy Thomas, and Angela Clofine
Erica Samuels
Kristin Urrano, Erik Oken, and Jennifer MacLear
Monday night at the Pierre, the Drama League hosted its 30th annual benefit gala — A Musical Celebration of Broadway — and honored Neil Patrick Harris. Among those performing or speaking of the honoree were Judith Light, Kal Penn, Norm Lewis, Audra McDonald, Tim Gunn, Stephen Colbert, Tyrone Jackson, Zachary Levi, Patrick O'Neill, Anthony Rapp, Malcolm Gets, Kate Jennings Grant.

The Drama League galas are not "roasts" but rather tributes to the talents they honor. The performances are affectionate as well. But Neil Patrick Harris evokes something more than that. He's had a long career in what is still a short life, and he's participated and performed ably, successfully. He's admired and respected for his work as well as his openness about his private life and his family. And judging from the audience's response to it all, I'd say he's even beloved by a lot of people. A good evening, and fun.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley
Zachary Levi and Kal Penn
Adam Shankman
Violinist Christian Hebel and Rachael Harris
Judith Light and Tim Gunn
Erin Davie
Christy Whitehead
Becky Ann Baker
Michael Mayer
Norm Lewis
Cady Huffman, Eddie Korbich, Brandi Burkhardt, James Barbour, and Marc Kudisch
Krysta Rodriguez
Samuel Barnett, Jano Herbosch, and Joseph Timms
This past Monday night, Second Stage Theatre celebrated its 27th annual All-Star Bowling Classic at Lucky Strike Lanes. For over 25 years, stars of stage and screen have come out to bowl in support of Second Stage's award-winning seasons and to assist the theatre in its fund-raising efforts.

The following celebs turned out to captain a lane and show support for Second Stage: Zach Braff, Anika Noni Rose, Julie White, Constantine Maroulis, Perez Hilton, Aida Turturro, Ben Rappaport, Dylan Baker, John Carroll Lynch, Kevin Chapman, Sasha Cohen, Halley Feiffer, Tom Murro, Tim Blake Nelson, Patricia Richardson, Ben Shenkman, Usman Ally, Betty Gilpin, Vinny Guadagnino, Richard Kind, Lauren Molina, and Sonja Morgan.
Zach Braff
Richard Kind
Winners were:
1st Place - Bloomberg with Celebrity Team Captains, Julie White & Tim Blake Nelson
2nd Place - Select Equity with Celebrity Team Captain, Constantine Maroulis
3rd Place - Kirkland & Ellis with Celebrity Team Captain, Tom Murro

Silly Second Stage Honors:
Team Spirit Award - Barbara Whitman Lane with Celebrity Team Captain, Ben Rappaport
Looking Good While Doing Nothing - Phillip Sanchez from Time Warner Inc.
Lifetime Achievement - Celebrity Team Captain, Dylan Baker
Best Coach - Celebrity Team Captain Aida Tutoro from Deloitte's
Lane Most Stylish Male - Celebrity Team Captain Zach Braff from Lexington Partners
Lane Most Stylish Female - Andrea Taylor from Lindsay Goldberg's Lane
Perez Hilton
Anika Noni Rose
All proceeds benefit Second Stage Theatre's award-winning artistic and educational programming. Recent shows include Little Miss Sunshine, The Last Five Years, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy, Next to Normal, Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry, The Little Dog Laughed, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Becky Shaw and Paul Weitz's Trust.
Ben Rappaport
Annie Parisse
Aida Turturro, Tom Murro, and Sasha Cohen
Sonja Morgan
Lauren Molina
Constantine Maroulis
Halley Feiffer
Patricia Richardson and Betty Gilpin
John Carroll Lynch

Photographs by Chris Lee & Linsley Lindekins (NY Philharmonic); Patrick McMullan (Drama League & Second Stage); BFA (Plates for Pediatrics).