Friday, February 3, 2017

Celebratory evenings

NY Philharmonic leadership and philanthropists behind the Chinese New Year Gala, with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.
On Tuesday, January 31, the New York Philharmonic held its sixth-annual Chinese New Year Concert and Gala. Approximately 300 guests attended, and more than $1 million was raised for the Philharmonic. A portion of the proceeds will support the New York Philharmonic’s School Partnership Program at P.S. 120 in Flushing, Queens, which serves a large population of Chinese Americans and recent immigrants from China.

The celebratory evening ushered in the Year of the Rooster with a Gala concert that highlighted the cultural heritage of China and honored the Chinese American community. Long Yu conducted the program, which featured trumpet player Alison Balsom in the U.S. Premiere of Chen Qigang’s Joie Éternelle, for trumpet and orchestra, and soprano Sumi Jo, who sang works by Puccini and Adam, as well as three Chinese folk songs. The program also featured Concertmaster Frank Huang as soloist in Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; Ravel’s Boléro; and the Spring Festival Overture, Li Huanzhi’s traditional work celebrating the Chinese New Year, which opened the concert.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performs a traditional Dragon Dance during the cocktail reception
For the sixth 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 David Geffen Hall during the evening. The dancers were joined on the plaza by students from the National Dance Institute, who performed a rooster dance.

Guests of the Chinese New Year Gala arrived at 6:00 p.m. for an hour-long cocktail reception on the Grand Promenade of David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. The concert began at 7:30 p.m., and was followed by a traditional Chinese attire/black-tie dinner, also held on the Grand Promenade.
Concertmaster Frank Huang performs Saint-Saens's Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Alison Balsom performs Chen Qigang's Joie Eternelle for trumpet and orchestra
Soprano Sumi Jo with the New York Philharmonic
The evening’s event was catered by Restaurant Associates, and the décor was provided by Van Vliet & Trap.

The Honorary Gala Chairmen were Mr. and Mrs. Maurice R. Greenberg, H.E. Ambassador Liu Jieyi, and H.E. Consul General Zhang Qiyue. The Gala Co-Chairmen were Angela Chen, Guoqing Chen and Ming Liu, Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar L. Tang, and Shirley Young.
Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar L. Tang (Gala Co-Chairmen)
Alan and Christina MacDonald with Ida Liu
Board Chairman Oscar S. Schafer, conductor Long Yu, and President Matthew VanBesien toast the new year
Alan Way and Vivian Lou
Allyson Tang
Zhang Xin, conductor Long Yu, and Bonko Chan
Dani Bedoni, President Matthew VanBesien, and Mary J. Wallach
Board Chairman Oscar S. Schafer and his wife, Didi
Shirley Young (Gala Co-Chairman), H.E. Ambassador Liu Jieye and H.E. Consul-General Zhang Qiyue (Honorary Gala Chairmen)
Heidi and Christian A. Lange
Kamie and Richard Lightburn
Sarah Jane and Trevor Gibbons
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Catherine Pollard and Shirley Young (Co-Chairman)
Liang Wang, H.E. Ambassador Liu Jieye and H.E. Consul-General Zhang Qiyue (Honorary Gala Chairmen), Long Yu, and Agnes Hsu-Tang (Gala CoChairman)
Kate and Gary Parr with H.E. Consul General Zhang Qiyue (Honorary Gala Chairman)
Mark and Filippa Williams
Ming Liu and Guoqing Chen (Gala Co-Chairmen) with Daniel Chen and Becky Jin
Mo and Zoe Husseiny, Sallie Hou, and Bonko Chan
Paula Lawrence, Martha Livingston, and Shake Nahapetian
President Matthew VanBesien, conductor Long Yu, and Concertmaster Frank Huang
Ronald J. and Christie Ulrich
Richard and Karen T. LeFrak
Sallie Hou and Bonko Chan, Angela Chen (Gala Co-Chairman), and Corinne and Maurice Greenberg (Honorary Gala Chairmen)
Dr. Kathryn Beal, Bruce A. Beal, Jr, and Richard LeFrak
Eric J. and Daria L. Wallach
Sana Sabbagh, Principal Flute Robert Langevin, and Marjorie Hart
On Thursday, January 26th, East Side House Settlement hosted the annual Young Collectors Night at the Winter Antiques Show, held at the Park Avenue Armory from 7-9 p.m. With more than 700 young philanthropists, new collectors, interior designers and art and antiques enthusiasts in attendance, Young Collectors Night is a lively and extravagant event complete with a private perusing of fine art items. Proceeds from the event will benefit East Side House Settlement, a leading social services agency that provides quality education and technology training for students in the Bronx and Northern Manhattan. The evening was co-chaired by Jeffrey C. Caldwell, Samuel P.C. Dangremond, Lucinda B. May and Frederica Tompkins.
Young Collectors Night once again hosted the Interior Design Committee, led by Chairwoman Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York magazine. This group brings together more than 100 of the country’s most illustrious interior designers, including Amy Lau Design, Shawn Henderson & Mike Rupp, Alex Papachristidis and many more. 

Guests included Alex Papachristidis, Bella Mancini, Brian Sawyer, Cece Barfield Thompson, Celerie Kemble, Ellie Cullman, Lisa Yom, Lindsey Harper, Miles Redd, Roric Tobin, Shawn Henderson, Mark Cunningham, Hannah Yeo, Caleb Anderson, Todd Klein, Jamie Drake, Brooke Gomez, Billy Cotton, Juan Montoya, Justin Kush among many others.
Alexandra O'Neil and Aurelia Demark
Alison Spear
Analise Taft and Paris Forino
April Hunt
Charles and Janis Cecil
Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz and Steven Wine
Bennett Leifer, Kristina Sorge, and Benjamin Frowein
Daniel Diaz, Lucinda Ballard, and Lucinda May
Caroline and William Avedon
Daniel Lombardi, Katharina Plath, Analise Taft, and Jeffrey Caldwell
Caryn Zucker
Chris Gefaell and Lindsey Coral Harper
Jeffrey Caldwell, Wendy Goodman, Frederica Tompkins, Lucinda May, and Sam Dangremond
Dayle Wood and Lucy Bamman
Georgie Hambright and Jennifer Hunter
Frederica Tompkins, Alex Merrell, and Alexandra O'Neill
Jean Shafiroff and Victor de Souza
Josh Greene and Katrina Hernandez
Jeff Lincoln, Alison Levasseur, and Brian Sawyer
Joan Michaels, Wendy Goodman, and Jayne Michaels
Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller
John Pope and Mieke ten Have
Keita Turner, Wendy Goodman, and Malene Barnett
Linda Fargo and James Aguiar
Liz Feld and Kate Herzberg
Polina Proshkina
Guy Harley
Mary Nelson Sinclair and Alecta Hill
Scott Nelson, Alex Papachristidis, and Brian Sawyer
Michael Bargo
Michael Cox and Sheilah McFaden
Laura Krey and Alec Berman
Mark Haldeman, Linda Fargo, Wendy Goodman, and James Aguiar
Samuel Cochran
Robert Tateossian and John Barman
Nicole DiCoco and Natalie Glaser
Thomas Remien and Wendy Goodman
Roric Tobin and Justin Concannon
Sam Dangremond and Catherine Smith
William Singer and Catherine Sweeney Singer
Urban Karlsson and Juan Montoya
Zak Profera, Matt McKay, and Lance Scott
Alex Merrell
From the moment guests arrived at Dreyfoos LIVE!, the name of the event came to life with non-stop entertainment by the talented students from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts.  The event was held Jan. 17 at the Flagler Kenan Pavilion at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. 

School of the Arts Foundation Guild President Theodora Aspegren and Host Committee Chair Rob Bailey welcomed the nearly 200 supporters to Dreyfoos LIVE! honoring Dorothy L. Lappin and Simon Benson Offit, the founders of Guild Musical Series.
Performances included selections by Dreyfoos’ Millenium Quartet, Zero Hour Jazz Band, and alumnus DJ Timothee Lovelock. The evening also included a live auction with items including a painting created live at the event by Dreyfoos alumnus Ryan Toth, a luxurious stay at a private estate in South Africa, and a Palm Beach International Raceway Experience in a Radical SR3.
Joining in the festivities were the school’s namesake Alex Dreyfoos and his wife Renate, Dreyfoos Principal Susan Atherley, and Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation Executive Director Kris Lidinsky with husband Rick Lidinsky.  Sponsors in attendance included Bruce and Dede Bossidy, Adam Gillam, Belinda Keilland and Walter Glennon, Nick Korniloff and Pamela Cohen, John and Paget Critchett, Gil Cohen and Paul Gervais, Audrey Halperin, Ellen Liman, Donna Long, Don and Linda Silpe, Theresa and Enrique Tomeau and Josephine Wurster.
All proceeds from Dreyfoos LIVE! benefit the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation to supplement funding for the art and academic curriculum at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. For more information about the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation, visit
Bruce Langmaid and Chuck Poole
Russell Nype and Gail Gordon
Ellen Liman and Walter Liebman
Rick Rose and Anka Palitz
Mary Hilliard with Susan and Bruce Watts
Jane and Peter Elebash
Tyrone Po and Edith Andre-Bjork
Donna Long with Bill and Wendy Fritz
Theodora Aspegren and Robert Bailey
Anna Karen and David Dillard
Lisa and Geoff Aldridge with Serena Swats and Bryan Mattson
Walter Glennon and Belinda Kielland
Enrique and Theresa Tomeu
Lisa and Jeremy Jeffery
Alex and Renate Dreyfoos
John and Kim Palmer with Anne and Matt Hamilton
Christopher and Janet Pell
Nick Korniloff and Pamela Cohen
Honorees Simon Benson Offit and Dorothy Lappin
Rupert and Catherine Vaughan-Williams
Photographs by Julie Skarratt & Chris Lee (NY Philharmonic); Patrick McMullan (Young Collectors Night); Capehart Photography (Dreyfoos).