|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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 www.soafi.org.|
|Photographs by Julie Skarratt & Chris Lee (NY Philharmonic); Patrick McMullan (Young Collectors Night); Capehart Photography (Dreyfoos).|