|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.|
|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.|
|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.
|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: http://www.casitamaria.org/
|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.|
|Photographs by Chris Lee (Philharmonic); Julie Skarratt (Philharmonic); BFA (FCancer); Sylvain Gaboury/PatrickMcMullan.com (Pachanga)|