Lunar New Year at The Wallis

2015 Lunar New Year Concert & Celebration
A Gala Welcome at The Wallis For The Year of The Sheep

 

 

The event: The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills celebrated “The Year of The Sheep” Jan. 31, welcoming the Lunar New Year with a gala cocktail reception, concert, Imperial Dinner and Chinese Feast. Linda May and John Bendheim co-chaired the affair, with Wallis Annenberged serving as honorary chair.

The festivities: Madame Sun Ping, the reigning Grand Dame of the Peking Opera, performed a classical Chinese and traditional folk program, while the world-renowned pianist Rueibin Chen, L’Ensemble du Ciel and Chinese instrumentalists on the pipa, faohu, Erhu and bamboo flute rounded out the bill.

Sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, the event featured bejeweled models in fashions by the night’s honoree: Eva Hsieh, founder and designer of Eve by Eve’s of Beverly Hills. Hsieh is married to entrepreneur and philanthropist Ming Hsieh.

Quote of note: “We’re thrilled to transport our audience to Imperial China … but without the jet lag,” said co-chair Linda May, calling the Lunar New Year celebration the first in an annual tradition for The Wallis.

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Top photo: Honorary chair Wallis Annenberg, center, with co-chairs John Bendheim and Linda May welcome the Lunar New Year at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Photo by Charley Gallay/ Getty Images for Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts)

Second photo: From left, Ellen Ng, former California governor Gray Davis, Dominic Ng and Jeffrey Dietch welcome the Lunar New Year at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Photo by Kevin Parry for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts)

Third photo: Ming Hsieh and Eva Hsieh, the night’s honoree, celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Photo by Kevin Parry for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts)

 

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Lunar New Year at The Wallis

Published Feb. 7, 2015  by Ellen Olivier, Society News LA