Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen Graced Lincoln Center with her New Piano Compositions
New York City, June 14, 2010. Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, Vietnamese concert pianist and girlfriend of Academy Award winning producer Brian Grazer woo 'ed the elite crowd of 100 guests as she performed her new piano compositions at Lincoln Center's Kaplan Hall. Chau-Giang brought many of us to tears as she spoke of and later played a song she'd written in memory of a mutual friend, Allan Beeber who passed away about a year ago. When Chau-Giang saw her good friend David Foster in the audience she invited him to share the stage with her. Foster accepted, calling Chau-Giang his 'musical sister' and said that one of her songs was perfect for a movie. He asked why there was a strong Russian influence to her music. Chau-Giang explained that all musicians in Hanoi had strong Russian influences during their training. Foster belted out tune after tune from his musical collection of 26 Grammy's, joking about which hit paid for things in each of his 3 divorces. The crowd went on a musical journey from tears to laughter.
The evening was hosted by Brian Grazer, Barry E. Cohen and H.E. Le Luong Minh (Vietnamese Ambassador to the US). Unfortunately, Grazer got the flu and couldn't leave LA to fly to New York. I heard that he feels much better and they are now vacationing in Cho-San's hometown Hanoi.
Chau-Giang wore a gown from the Valentino collection that was fit for a Princess. She is not only a gifted artist of music but loves to paint.
There were many notable guests at the dinner performance; Vera Wang, Bill Diggins, Page Six's Richard Johnson with his wife Sessa, Philippe and Debbie Dauman (Viacom), Robert LoCascio, Howard Rowen, Marian Javits, John Lattanzio, June Haynes from Valentino, Vivi Nevo, Arthur Becker, Henry Buhl, Aryel Bourkoff, Barry Klarberg, Paola and Arni Rosenshein, Richard Johnson and wife Cessna, Barry Tucker, Lucia Hwong-Gordon, Errol Rappaport and many more. In fact, everyone in the room was very accomplished and notable but I cannot name them all.
Chau-Giang's next performance will be at the Hanoi Opera House as a solo with the orchestra this October. Her music is currently being performed at the Opera House by the National Orchestra of Vietnam. Chau-Giang commented that she is writing music for the Debbie Allen Dance Academy to be performed at Royce Hall, Los Angeles in December. She has an upcoming art show at an undisclosed NYC art gallery that will showcase portraits she painted of her favorite composers.
Good luck with all of your work Chau-Giang, you are a true artist.
Story: Sara Herbert-Galloway
Photos: Gregory Partanio http://www.manhattansociety.com