New Year’s Eve Gala: La Vie Parisienne

New Year’s Eve Gala: La Vie Parisienne

For years, watching the live broadcast of the annual New Year’s Eve Gala Concert from Lincoln Center has become a holiday tradition for me and my family. A highlight of New York’s holiday season, the performance features a festive and cheerful symphonic repertoire and is viewed by millions of people across the world.

This year’s program, a sampling of fantastic French treats, takes on a special importance in light of the recent terrorist attacks on Paris. Instead of watching it at home, we decided to attend this year’s performance in person to support the event and the people of France.

On the last night of 2015, we put on our holiday best to ring the New Year with music.

badgley mischka low cowl back gold gown   badgley mischka gold sequins gown cap sleeves crew neckline

old hollywood glamour met opera new york city nyc   red carpet open back gown

the dreamy bunny new years eve met opera gold gown


We took some time to explore the newly named David Geffen Hall, home to the oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S. and the world-renowned New York Philharmonic. Pictures of acclaimed artists from around the globe adorned the walls of the promenade inside. Since we arrived a little earlier, we had the chance to watch the cameras being set up and getting ready for the live broadcast, a fun experience you definitely don’t see everyday.

metropolitan opera house night

david geffen hall inside

david geffen hall interior

camera recording   necklace open back gown

The concert, conducted by Alan Gilbert, featured a full French program to honor Paris – the City of Light. From Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals to Piaf and Louiguy’s “La Vie en rose,” from Ravel’s Pavane pour une Infante défunte to Offenbach’s Gaîté Parisienne, the music filled the hall with beauty and delight. As 2016 drew nearer, our hearts whispered prayers to the people of France and reflected upon the world we wanted to live in, a world where we could share our humanity. The audience gave a standing ovation as a golden Eiffel Tower projection lighted up the stage and the French national anthem roared during the encore, many singing along with tears of joy.

la vie parisienne new years eve concert

live from lincoln center new years eve

new york philharmonic new years eve

May the New Year bring joy, peace, and happiness to everyone in this world.

May all your dreams take flight upon the wings of music.

33 Responses to New Year’s Eve Gala: La Vie Parisienne

  1. What a beautiful night! You look absolutely breathtaking in your gold gown! So glamorous! Looked like an amazing concert!

  2. Wow what a fun night at the concert! All the songs they played are my favorites!! Wish I could be there. Completely in love with your dress!!

  3. Happy New Year! I love all things French and this looks like a dream! Kudos to you and your family for going to this concert to support the French people! Love your dress!! 🙂

  4. I’m in love with your style!! So classy! That gold dress on you is beyond this world! Perfect pick for a gala like this!

  5. This is such a perfect way to ring the New Year! You’re very elegant!! I watch the new year’s eve concert on TV just like you do and always dream about one day I can go watch it in person!

  6. I love this post because I feel like I’m the only one among my friends who listen to classical music, and I have listened to all the songs you listed and absolutely loved them! French music is just so romantic and alluring. And so is your captivating style! 🙂

  7. Wish I had your new year’s eve! I don’t know much about french songs so I went online and listened to some of the ones they played at the concert and just fell in love! I think I actually heard la vie en rose before but didn’t know that’s what it’s called…beautiful song! Thank you for introducing me to french music! Oh and like everyone said j’aime your dress!!! 🙂

  8. My dream is to wear something so fancy like this and go to a fancy concert… a girl can dream right? Love your style!

  9. Amazing pictures! My favorite part is how you wore your necklace! It’s so elegant and makes the whole look like 100 times more glamorous! 🙂

  10. Wow a memorable night! It’s such a great way to remind us how beautiful the French culture is and all the sadness her people has to suffer through because of the attacks…my heart goes to them.

  11. Lovely in gold! I’m obsessed with the back of this dress and your French chignon hairstyle. And your red lipstick. You’re stunning! Great concert to support France!

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