Houston Symphony’s Version Of Paris, In Two Acts

October 16, 2023
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Houston Symphony Hosts Parisian-Themed Opening Night Concert and Dinner

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Daniel Ortiz and Jacob Power Photography

THE SCENE: A recent Friday night in Houston was the setting for an evening of fun and fundraising to kick off the season of one of Space City’s most beloved artistic organizations. Over 350 philanthropists, sociables, and art patrons were on hand for the Houston Symphony’s Opening Night Concert & Gala to kick off the 2023-2024 Classical Season. The night, like many great stage performances, played out in two beautiful acts and left the audience wanting more.

THE VIBE: The first act commenced at Jones Hall where the black-tie crowd began the evening on the red carpet pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower adorned with flowers on the red carpet. Next,

partygoers headed to the mezzanine level where revelers mingled with friends old and new as they sipped champagne and nibbled on hors d’oeuvres. Upon the conclusion of the cocktail reception, patrons then took to their seats on the orchestra level for the evening’s performance. The audience was dazzled as world-renowned conductor Juraj Valčuha led the orchestra while Soprano Erin Morley sang alongside the Houston Symphony Chorus.

Guests then hopped on shuttles which transported them to act two of the evening – a stunning meal and program at The Corinthian. Jaws dropped as guests poured into The Corinthian, which was transformed into a Parisian-inspired manse courtesy of Richard Flowers and The Events Company. The inspired color pallet featured red and pink centerpieces with hints of green and blue that perfectly complimented the candelabras and French-inspired blue linens that adorned the room. As guests dined on a delectable, French-inspired menu, long-time Houston Symphony patron Beth Madison was honored for her tireless support of the organization. After dinner, the fun continued well into the night as partygoers danced the night away to music by Divisi Strings.

THE NON-PROFIT: The Houston Symphony’s Opening Night Concert & Gala, co-chaired by Mariglyn and Stephen Glenn, raised over $635,000 for the Houston Symphony. Proceeds raised from the evening will benefit the Houston Symphony’s industry-leading educational and community engagement initiatives.

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