Last Monday night at New York City’s Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic celebrated its 178th season with an all-Beethoven program: his Piano Concerto No. 2 with superstar pianist Lang Lang as soloist and Symphony No. 5. The Fall Gala honored outgoing Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer and his wife, Didi, for their remarkable commitment to the New York Philharmonic as the most generous donors in its history.
Guests arrived on the red carpet to attend a cocktail reception on the Grand Promenade of David Geffen Hall, where trays of champagne and hors d’oeuvres were passed. After the concert, Gala attendees enjoyed a seated dinner on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater, which was adorned with large floral arrangements of huckleberry, hydrangeas, and draped green amaranthus.
Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda welcomed guests and toasted pianist Lang Lang, Music Director Jaap van Zweden, and the New York Philharmonic musicians, as did the 680 guests at the event, which raised $3.7 million for the beloved New York cultural institution.
Co-Chairmen Peter May and Oscar Tang presented outgoing Chairman Oscar Schafer and his wife, Didi, with an inscribed gift from Tiffany’s. Jaap van Zweden also presented a gift to Mr. Schafer — the baton he broke earlier in the evening while conducting Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
Gala Co-Chairs included Judy and Russell Carson, Michele and Martin Cohen, Marijke and Lodewijk de Vink, Misook Doolittle, Sharon and Lawrence Hite, Ann and Charles Johnson, Leni and Peter May, Elizabeth and Frank Newman, Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang. Daria L. and Eric J. Wallach served as the evening’s Underwriters.
The arrival of Autumn was in the air at the Doubles Club in the Sherry-Netherland where 200 attended the annual Fall Fete Associates Party, which is basically a reason for the members to relax and enjoy the sumptuous menu of fresh corn and avocado cobb salad and the chicken entree stuffed with goat cheese, fontina, spinach and ham with chanterelle risotto, visit with friends topped off with Doubles famous dessert table.
Among those partaking were Georgina Schaeffer, Marisa and Robin von Brockhorst, Michele Heary, Mary Darling, Lindsay and Russell Grant, Andrew and Kate Davis, Mark Gilbertson, Regis and John Worsoe, Suzie and Ainar Aijala, Mary Snow, Jennifer Creel, Karen Klopp, Meghan and Adam Klopp, Mary Van Pelt, Jack Lynch and many, many more.