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Cocktail hour at the New York Philharmonic’s Lunar New Year Concert and Gala.

Last Tuesday night at New York City’s Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic welcomed the Year of the Tiger in its Lunar New Year Concert and Gala, an annual tradition since 2012. Earl Lee made his New York Philharmonic debut, conducting the Orchestra in a program comprising Asian and Western classical music. Soloists were violinist Stella Chen, in her Philharmonic debut, and soprano Hera Hyesang Park. The Gala Co-Chairs were Angela Chen, Misook Doolittle, and Oscar Tang and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang. The Presenting Sponsor was Starr International Foundation.


The New York Philharmonic with conductor Earl Lee and violinist Stella Chen in their debuts.
The New York Philharmonic with conductor Earl Lee and soprano Hera Hyesang Park.
The New York Philharmonic with conductor Earl Lee and his wife, Philharmonic flutist Yoobin Son.
The New York Philharmonic with conductor Earl Lee in an encore of Bernstein’s Overture to West Side Story, arranged by Maurice Peress.
The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Earl Lee in his debut.

Guests arrived to attend a champagne reception in the Och Foyer of Alice Tully Hall, where trays of drinks and hors d’oeuvres were passed. After the concert, Gala attendees enjoyed a seated dinner in the Morgan Stanley Lobby, where the tables were adorned with gold tablecloths and arrangements of all-red flowers. Philharmonic Linda and Mitch Hart President and CEO Deborah Borda and Philharmonic Board Co-Chairman / Gala Co-Chair Oscar Tang welcomed the 175 guests and toasted the Year of the Tiger, a year that signifies courage and strength. The event raised more than $660,000 for the New York Philharmonic. Deborah Borda presented Oscar Tang, who was born in the Year of the Tiger, with a four-foot-long stuffed tiger; smaller tigers were presented to the other Gala Co-Chairs.


Gala co-chairs Misook Doolittle, Angela Chen, Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, and New York Philharmonic Co-Chairman Oscar Tang.
New York Philharmonic Board Member Sylvia Tóth.
Violinist Bomsori Kim, New York Philharmonic flutist Yoobin Son, and conductor Earl Lee.
Ambassador Byung Hwa Chung and his wife Jae Kyong Lee, with soprano Hera Hyesang Park (middle).
New York Philharmonic Board Member and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Tania León with New York Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda.
L. to r.: Lili Buffett; New York Philharmonic Board Member Sylvia Tóth and her husband Francesco Fiorito.
New York Philharmonic Board Member Christian Lange, with Vivienne Haase.
Christopher English Walling, Barbara Tober, and Neil Westreich.
L. to r.: New York Philharmonic Board Member Dr. Kathryn Beal her guest Massimo Tassan Solet; New York Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda and Veronica Atkins.
Violinist Nicolas Kendall, violinist Karen Gomyo, conductor Jakub Hrůša, conductor Earl Lee, New York Philharmonic flutist Yoobin Son, and Martin Wittenberg, Photo by Chris Lee
Gala Co-Chair Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, Philharmonic violinist Qianqian Li, Co-Chair Angela Chen, and Philharmonic violinist Na Sun.
Zheng Yu Huang, violinist Stella Chen, and Rick Niu, President and CEO of Starr Strategic Holdings.
Gala Co-Chairs Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, violinist Stella Chen, and Co-Chair Angela Chen.
Gala Co-Chairs Oscar Tang and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, soprano Hera Hyesang Park, and Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda.
Malena Zhang, Philharmonic violinist Yulia Ziskel, Noreen Buckfire, and Derek Hu.
New York Philharmonic Board Member Daisy Soros, with Ed Gallagher.
Back row, l. to r.: Valerie Tomasello, New York Philharmonic Board Member Alex Volckhausen, James Darrah, Donna Cain, and Alicia Farrell; Front row, l. to r.: Savitha Reddy, Raoul Bhavnani, Jenn Buczek Ezring, and Zanthe Taylor.
Gala guests at dinner.

Last year, when Peter Marino was honorary chair of the Young Concert Artists 60th Anniversary Gala, Barbara Tober bid to win a private musicale with their artists. A few weeks ago, nearly two dozen vaccinated friends of Barbara assembled at the Frederick R. Koch Foundation and, of course, Peter was there, too.

The evening began with a tour of the historic townhouse built by F. W. Woolworth in 1916 for one of his daughters and magnificently restored by Mr. Koch. Violinist Bella Hristova and pianist Albert Cano Smit, both winners of the first prize at the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, thrilled guests with renditions of Bach and Brahms.


Bella Hristova and Albert Cano Smit.

Guests included Yanna Avis, Carrie Barrett, Arianne Batterberry, Joan Hardy Clark, Shannon Gibbons, Roselee Goldberg and Dakota Jackson, Celso Gonzalez-Falla, April and Roderick Gow, Daniel Kellogg, Elbrun and Peter Kimmelman, Jonathan Marder, Heidi and Allen Roberts, Jamie Saakvitne, Patricia and Thomas Shaw, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer, Liz Topp and Lisa Vita. A lively dinner followed the concert in a private room at Sistina.

Young Concert Artists takes pride in discovering and launching the careers of extraordinary young musicians from all over the world. For more information see: https://yca.org


Peter Marino and Barbara Tober.
Jonathan Olsen, Randy Florke, and Brad Comisar.
Dr. Bradley Strauchen-Scherer and Carrie Barratt.
L. to r.: Dakota Jackson and Roselee Goldberg; Shannon Gibbons and Christine Baker.
Bella Hristova, Joan Hardy Clark, and Peter Marino.
Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Barbara Tober, and Ed Benedict.
Ariane Batterberry, Heidi Roberts, Elbrun Kimmelmen, and Dan Kellogg.
Jamie Saakvitne and Barbara Tober.
Joan Hardy Clark and Elbrun Kimmelman.
April and Rody Gow.
Bella Hristova, Barbara Tober, and Albert Cano Smit.

Tim Rodgers, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)’s Nanette L. Laitman Director, welcomed artist Chris Schanck Thursday night at a special preview of new exhibition, Chris Schanck: Off-World.

Skirting the line between refinement and camp, the unfamiliar forms of Schanck’s chairs, sofas, lighting, and mirrors suggest coral reefs, extraterrestrial worlds, and artifacts from ancient civilizations. These meticulously handcrafted works are produced in his Detroit studio where a community of artists, students, and Bangladeshi craftspeople all make key contributions to a collective practice.


Chris Schanck welcomes guests at a special preview of Chris Schanck: Off-World.


Guests at the preview included Catherine Futter, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Damon Crain, President and Founder of Culture Object, Caroline Baumann, former director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Marc Benda, Freidman Benda Gallery, Elissa Auther, MAD’s Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator, MAD Board Members Marsy Mittlemann and Alexander Hankin, and Christina Senia, Co-Chair with Hankin of MAD Luminaries, the Museum’s young patrons group.

On view through January 2023, Chris Schanck: Off-World, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in New York City, was guest curated by Andrew Blauvelt, Director of the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


Alexander Hankin and Elissa Auther.
John Claude Tohme, Andrew Puopolo, and Christina Senia.
Jill Frisch, Catherine Futter, and John Rioux.
Monica McLennan.
Marsy Mittlemann and Tim Rogers.
Marc Benda and Caroline Baumann.
Neal Thomas and Peter Lane.
Gulia Maranto.
Mario Cifarelli and Sara Gobbo.
Chris Schenck and Daniella Ohad.
Edward Hogikyan, Isabelle Weiss, and Chris Schanck.

Photographs by Chris Lee & Nina Westervelt (NY Philharmonic); Jill Nelson/AnnieWatt.com (MAD & Tober).

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