Tuesday, February 27, 2018

New Year's Concerts, Opera Balls, and Sipping & Shopping

The philanthropists behind the New York Philharmonic's Lunar New Year Gala.
On Tuesday, February 20, the New York Philharmonic held its annual Lunar New Year Concert and Gala. Approximately 400 guests attended, and more than $1.25 million was raised for the Philharmonic.

The celebratory evening ushered in the Year of the Dog with a Gala concert conducted by Long Yu. The program opened with Li Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture followed by the U.S. Premiere of Andy Akiho’s Ricochet. After intermission Maestro Yu and the Philharmonic performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, with the Farmers’ Chorus of the Yunnan Province in its first performance outside China. The concert concluded with the Chinese folk song “Flowing Stream.”
Traditional dances being performed outside David Geffen Hall
Gala Co-Chair Shirley Young feeding the dragon outside David Geffen Hall
New York Philharmonic performing Andy Akiho's Ricochet, Concerto for Ping Ping, Violin, Percussion, and Orchestra
New York Philharmonic performing Beethoven's Choral Fantasy
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.

Guests of the Gala enjoyed an hour-long cocktail reception on the Grand Promenade of David Geffen Hall, which was adorned for the occasion with red lanterns and gold dogs. The concert began at 7:30 p.m., and was followed by a traditional Asian attire / black-tie dinner, also held on the Grand Promenade.
Gala Co-Chairs Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar L. Tang Karen T. LeFrak, Martin Cohen, and Didi Schafer
Constantine Baecher, John Hart, and Jon Cropper
Diana Wang, Gala Co-Chairs Ling Tian and Angela Chen, Chairman Oscar S. Schafer, Honorary Gala Chair H.E. Consul-General Zhang Qiyue, and Gala Co-Chair Shirley Young
Eric Wei, Mimi Lin, Gala Co-Chair Misook Doolittle, Yoonjung Choi, Haeyoung Kim, and Jungsik Park
Gala Co-Chair Angela Chen, John Paulson, Ping Pong player Ariel Hsing, and Concertmaster Frank Huang
Gala Co-Chairs Ling Tian, Angela Chen, Agnes Hsu-Tang, and Linda Mei He with President and CEO Deborah Borda (center)
Gala Co-Chairs Oscar L. Tang and Linda Mei He
Honorary Gala Chair H.E. Consul-General Zhang Qiyue, President Deborah Borda, Gala Co-Chair Ling Tian, Coralie Toevs, Long Yu, Principal Oboe Liang Wang, and Diana Wang
Thomas Sung and Florence Davis with Honorary Gala Chairs Maurice and Corinne Greenberg
Table decor by Van Vliet & Trap, LLC
Jonathan and Somers Farkas with James and Margo Nederlander
Didi Schafer and Greg Kelly
Bobby and Phoebe Tudor Eric J. and Daria L. Wallach
Conductor Long Yu and Karen T. LeFrak
Susan Rose, President and CEO Deborah Borda, and Elihu Rose
On Thursday February 22nd,  Nancy Goodes and Jan Willinger hosted an evening Sip & Shop event to benefit of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation at the J. McLaughlin store on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach. Among the guests viewing the Spring Collection were Vicki and Chris Kellogg, Shannon and Peter Reed, Brandy Lowe and Joe Hall, Rebecca Hallissy, Mary Maya, Bob Whitman, Cordat Estelle and Ducret Didier, Ann Titleman Sullivan and Joan Titleman, Lois Zelman, Lauren Bloom, Sarah Potosky, Laura Kaye, Laura Landro, and Rosana Levin.
Founded in 1998 by Leonard Lauder and Ronald Lauder, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) is the only philanthropy solely focused on accelerating the development of drugs to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. Its venture philanthropy approach and scientific expertise allows the ADDF to support the most promising ideas around the world. And 100% of donation funds research programs.

To learn more, visit http://www.alzdiscovery.org
Rebecca Hallissy and Linda Phillips Nina Reeves and Rebecca Hallissy
Lois Zelman Lauren Bloom, Sarah Potosky, and Laura Kaye
Mary Maya, Joe Hall, and Nancy Goodes
Ann Titleman Sullivan and Joan Titleman Chris and Vicki Kellogg
Jan Willinger and Nancy Goodes Bob Speigel and Jan Willinger
Cordat Estelle and Ducret Didier Laura Landro and Nancy Goodes
On Friday February 2nd, the Viennese Opera Ball held their 63rd edition in New York City at the Ziegfeld Ballroom under the gracious patronage of H.E. Alexander Van der Bellen, President of the Republic of Austria, and The Honorable Michael Häupl, Governor and Mayor of Vienna. The Ball, which is the oldest white tie charity gala in New York, benefitted the music therapy program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with support from Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.
Led by Silvia Frieser, President and Executive Director, and Daniel Serafin, Artistic Director, with the support of platinum sponsor Silhouette, an Austrian eyewear company, the ball celebrated 12 debutantes and their escorts including Archduchess Isabella von Habsburg of Austria, escorted by Daniel Bak, Eugenia Bullock of New York escorted by Ryan Thomas Roth, son of skin care mogul Peter Thomas Roth, Meredith Baker Schott of New York, escorted by Gerard William Ford III, grandson of Eileen Ford, as they made their formal debut to international society. Miss Bullock wore a Peter Thomas Roth tiara with diamonds from William Goldberg, and a custom gown by Nicole Miller, while Miss Schott wore a tiara by JFINE Diamonds and a gown by Maggie Norris, and Archduchess von Habsburg wore an heirloom gown and tiara.
Archduchess Isabella von Habsburg, Gerard William Ford III, Meredith Schott, Ryan Thomas Roth, and Eugenia Bullock
The event hosted nearly 400 guests including Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Peter Thomas Roth, Nicole Miller, Atıl Kutoğlu, the Official Fashion Designer of the 63rd Viennese Opera Ball, A.E. Köechert, the event’s fine jewelry sponsor, Orange Is the New Black’s Selenis Leyva, Nick Burch, son of Tory Burch, Emma Waldron, Miss Ireland 2010, Janna Bullock, Jean Shafiroff, Christine Schott, Laine Siklos and Emir Bahadir.
Following the VIP reception, guests headed to the Grand Ballroom where the West Point Cadet Color Guard marched and rose their flags before the National Anthems of the United States and Austria were sung by attendees. Mr. Serafin then welcomed and thanked the debutantes, escorts and guests, before ballet dancers entered and performed accompanied by the orchestra, Divertimento Viennese. René Pape, operatic Bass and two-time Grammy Award Winner, then performed Le veau d’or from Faust by Gounod. The Debutantes and Escorts then made their entrance, led by Choreographer Sandra Stockmayer, who also acts as choreographer for the Vienna Opera Ball and performed the Alles Walzer before sitting down to enjoy a four-course dinner featuring Austrian specialties.
The Debutantes and Escorts performing the Alles Walzer.
A series of performances from stars of the Metropolitan Opera included Luca Pisaroni’s rendition of Lolita, Ildar Abdrazakov performing Occhi di fata, George Gagnidze performing Nemico della patria and Angela Meade performing Io son l’umile anciella, before world-renowned conductor Marco Armiliato led the singers through a group performance of La di darem.
Guests were then guided through the Midnight Quadrille by Ms. Stockmayer, before continuing to dance into the early hours of the morning to music by Bellatonic, featuring award-winning saxophonist Brent Birckhead and DJ Christophe Lacroix.
Event sponsor Tesla provided transportation to the red carpet and VIP reception for Guest of Honor René Pape, Selenis Leyva and Metropolitan opera singer Ildar Abdrazakov. The silent auction included pieces from fine jewelry sponsor A.E. Köechert, pieces from Aquazzura and artwork from Camillo Stepanek.
Andrea Frieser, Silvia Frieser, and Viktoria Schoedl Nick Burch and Emma Waldron
George Gagnidze, Daniel Serafin, Marika Abdrazakova, and Ildar Abdrazakov
Selenis Leyva Steve Schott, Meredith Schott, Christine Schott, and Gerard William Ford III
Piotr Kiszka, Luiza Petre, Ana Cuervo, Sinem Bayoglu, Emir Bahadir, and Sabine Riglos
Aria and Ram Sundaram Ryan Thomas Roth, Jean Shafiroff, and Peter Thomas Roth
Janna Bullock and Nicole Miller
Anastasia Adruzova and Laine Siklos Rene Pape and Valerie Hieke
John Willis, Whitney Schott, and Steve Schott Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Nicole Miller
Photographs by David Plakke, BFA & Patrick McMullan (VOB); Julie Skarratt & Chris Lee (NY Phil); Capehart Photography (Alzheimer’s)