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