BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the Lunar New Year – The Year Of The Sheep – with a Benefit Concert and Imperial Chinese Feast, beginning with Pre-Concert Cocktails. This black-tie extravaganza takes place Saturday, January 31 at The Wallis. The Honorary Chair is Wallis Annenberg; co-chairs are Linda May and John Bendheim.
International artists performing a Chinese classical and traditional folk program include Madame Sun Ping, the reigning Grand Dame of the Peking Opera; world-renowned pianist Rueibin Chen; and world-class Chinese ensemble L'Ensemble du Ciel, featuring instrumentalists performing on the Pipa, Gaohu, Erhu and Chinese Bamboo Flute.
Generously sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, the event features models dressed by haute couture honoree Eva Hsieh. Eva is founder and designer of Eve by Eve's of Beverly Hills, and wife of inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and USC Trustee Ming Hsieh. The event is produced by Ben Bourgeois, producer of The Wallis' October 2013 inaugural gala.
Co-chair Linda May said, "It is truly an honor to launch a new tradition with this Lunar New Year Celebration, which brings the cultures of East and West together in one fabulous soiree to benefit The Wallis. Our exclusive concert will feature some of the world's most talented and renowned Chinese musicians whom we feel so fortunate to welcome to Beverly Hills. We're thrilled to transport our audience to Imperial China … but without the jet lag."
Tickets are available at TheWallis.org or by calling The Wallis Development Office at 310-746-4000.
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, California, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts brings audiences world-class theater, dance and music, performed by many of the most talented and sought-after artists. Housed in a breathtaking 70,000-square-foot venue designed by Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA of Studio Pali Fekete architects, The Wallis features the restored, historic 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places) that serves as the theater's dramatic yet welcoming lobby, and houses the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, a theater school for young people, and the new, contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater.
SOURCE Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts