Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New York, New York

740 guests attended the New York Philharmonic Opening Night Gala.
Last Thursday night at the newly named David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic orchestra opened their Fall Season with a guest performance by the virtuoso concert pianist Lang Lang who performed Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16. After the concert, guests attended a black tie dinner for several hundred in the tents in Damrosch Park next to the Metropolitan Opera House. Mr. Geffen was also on hand, and there was a dedication of the David Geffen Hall before the concert.  At the dinner Oscar Schafer, the new chairman of the board of the New York Philharmonic, along with his wife Didi, announced a gift of $25 million to the orchestra.
David Geffen reveals the new signage for David Geffen Hall
NY Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert leads the Orchestra in Beethoven Symphony No. 7
The New York Philharmonic receives a standing ovation
Jane Salonen and NY Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen
Margo M. and James L. Nederlander (Gala Co-Chairmen)
George Lucas and NY Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien
Anna Thorvaldsdottir (winner of the Philharmonic Kravis Emerging Composer award) and Hrafn Asgeirsson
Christine Lagarde
Beth and Christopher Kojima, Rosie Jowitt, and NY Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien
Anna Khoruzhenko and Peter Gross
Barbara Walters
Chip and Amanda Brainerd, Stephanie Sirota, Sarah Jane, and Trevor Gibbons
Ronald J. and Christie Ulrich
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
David Geffen, Lincoln Center Chair Katherine Farley, pianist Lang Lang, and Oprah Winfrey
Diane von Furstenberg, Lincoln Center President Jed Bernstein, Lorne Michaels
Daisy M. Soros and Sandra F. Warshawsky
Emanuel Ax and Mary J. Wallach
Amanda Brainerd, Didi and NY Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer, Lauren Lyall, and Patricia Clarkson
Eric J. and Daria L. Wallach
Jason Feldman and NY Philharmonic Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan
Kajsa William-Olsson, Oprah Winfrey, and NY Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert
Frank and Elizabeth A. Newman (Gala Co-Chairmen)
Lawrence D. and Ronnie Ackman
Hilaria and Alec Baldwin
Kristen and Alex Klabin
NY Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien and Rosie Jowitt
NY Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer and John Paulson
NY Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert and David Geffen
Peter May, Sarah Ludwig, Concertmaster Frank Huang, Leni May
Pianist Lang Lang, Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar L. Tang
Principal Cello Carter Brey, Laura Chang, Assistant Conductor Courtney Lewis
Steve Martin and Anne Stringfield
Toos and Hira Daruvala
William and Carol Lewis
Woody Allen, NY Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, Karen LeFrak
This past Monday night, in the Celeste Bartos Forum of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library (the Main Branch at 42nd and Fifth), there was a 90th Anniversary Celebration of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  They honored the Ford Foundation and celebrated Schomburg Medal recipients essayist and teacher Elizabeth Alexander; Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation, Vernon Jordan, Norman Lear, and Franklin A. Thomas.
Elizabeth Alexander
Franklin Thomas
Urusla Burns
Al Roker and Deborah Roberts
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Franklin Thomas, Ursula Burns, Norman Lear, Elizabeth Alexander, and Darren Walker
Darren Walker, Norman and Lyn Lear, and Mercer Cook
Thelma Golden and Henry Louis Gates
Bill Moyers and Tony Marx
Franklin Thomas, Ursula Burns, Norman Lear, Elizabeth Alexander and Darren Walker
Tony Bechara and Melissa Mark-Viverito
Henry Louis Gates, Ivy McKinney, Ursula Burns, and Mr. McKinney
Henry Louis Gates and David Dinkins
Antony Appiah and Neil Schneider
Tony Marx and Amanda Clayman
Karen Berry and Philip Berry and Darren Walker
Adele and Elizabeth Alexander
Michael Keegan, Bill T Jones, Brittany Pfister
Ben Brantley, Louise Grunwald, and Tony Marx
Noris Jennings, Pilar Muhammed, Ozier Muhammed and Bill Inze
Hermes Mallea Joan Hardy Clark
Angela Vallot, Jim Basker, and Lyn Lear
Mahmood Mamdani, Mahnaz Bartos, and Mira Nair
Antony Appiah, Henry Finder Ester Sein and David Remnick
Chester Higgins and Hank Thomas
On Friday September 18, 2015, Jacqueline Weld Drake hosted Casita Maria's Pachanga Committee at her Upper East Side home for an intimate lunch in celebration of Casita Maria's 2015 Fiesta Gala.

The 2015 Pachanga Chairs are: Carolina Alvarez-Mathies, Stephanie Bilet, Alexandre Leviant, and Peter Levin.

Luncheon guests included: Carolina Alvarez-Mathies, Victoria Campbell, Liliana Cavendish, Alicia Jahn, Elizabeth Jacoby, Peter Levin, José Merced Gómez Mérigo, Karina Correa Palma, Florence Peyrelongue, Gabriel Rivera-Barraza, Leslea Sardioeas, and Sabina Wirth.
The table set for lunch
The luncheon guests
Be sure to make your calendar for the annual for Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education's annual "Fiesta 2015" which will honor John Bernbach, Baz Luhrmann, and Veronique and Bob Pittman, on Tuesday, October 13th at the Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Avenue. As is their tradition, the gala co-chairs are Jacqueline Weld Drake, Aileen Mehle, and H. R. H. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia.

To learn more about Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, go to:
Sabrina Wirth-Sokolik, Florence Peyrelongue, Alicia Jahn, and Elizabeth Jacoby
Gabriel Rivera-Barraza, Leslea Sardioeas, and Jose Merced Gomez Merigo
Victoria Campbell and Alicia Jahn
Alicia Jahn, Carolina Alvarez-Mathies, Peter Levin, and Jacqueline Weld Drake
Jacqueline Weld Drake and Liliana Cavendish
Jose Merced Gomez Merigo, Karina Correa Palma, and Sabrina Wirth-Sokolik
Weedmaps and FCancer hosted their first annual NYC benefit party and auction in Brooklyn September 17th. Partygoers were immersed in a bohemian mirage, including a gypsy caravan, endless food and drink, fire breathers, and tarot card readers. A silent auction was held, including works from Francesco Clemente, Patrick Demarchelier and Rashid Johnson, with proceeds benefitting the FCancer project.
Hosts Noor Fares, Sal & Karim Lahoud, Oren Bass, Victoria Brooks & Tiziani Ha and committee members Mos Def, Victor Demarchelier, Sebastien Gobbi, Elsa Hosk, Constance Jablonski, Siddarth Kasliwal, Imad Izemrane, Navid Mirtorabi, Serena Mattar, Eugenie Niarchos, Dimitri Rassam, Marissa Sackler, Ivan Shaw, Olivier Van Themsche, Jimmy Traboulsi and Eugenie of York partied with a cache of vibrant guests, including Lui Wen, Ginta Lapina, Romee Strijd, Kevin Doyle, Hanne Sagstuen, Patricia Van Der Vliet, Fabienne Hagedorn, Constance Jablonski, Corey Kennedy, and more.
Claire Distenfeld
Gigi Burris and friend
Michael and Victoria Heller
Constance Jablonski
Fabienne Hagedorn
Kevin Doyle
Patricia Van Der Vliet
Hanne Sagstuen
Kelly Klein
Noor Fares and friend
Photographs by Chris Lee (Philharmonic); Julie Skarratt (Philharmonic); BFA (FCancer); Sylvain Gaboury/ (Pachanga)