Third Annual Winter Benefit at the Carnegie Institution with Sophie Shao and Delna Dastur

On the evening of Thursday, December 8, a capacity audience of Esperanza supporters, scholars and guests filled the ballroom of the Carnegie Institution of Washington for Esperanza’s Third Annual Benefit Concert featuring Taiwanese-American master cellist Sophie Shao and award-winning Indian-American artist Delna Dastur.

Framed by two large-format charcoal and pastel flowers drawn by Ms. Dastur, Ms. Shao gave a bravura performance of the first, second and fourth suites from the Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach.  The concert was followed by a champagne reception hosted by WilmerHale LLP in the Carnegie’s marble rotunda that featured the art of Ms. Dastur–vibrant and abstract mixed media pieces that draw “on centuries of Indian culture” and whose “depths suggest the cultural archaeology of a place built from multiple civilizations” (Marc Jenkins, The Washington Post).

We would like to thank everyone who attended the benefit, with special thanks to our reception host WilmerHale LLP and our patrons, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Veris Consulting, Ms. Jean Han, Mr. Tom Olson, Ms. Susan Vitka and Ms. Natalie Wexler, for making this wonderful evening possible.

Please see below for photos from the event courtesy of Eventos VIP Pass.