Houston Symphony Waltzes To Big Raise With Ball

March 21, 2024
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David Krieger, Devorah Rose & Chita and Lane Craft

Viennese-Themed Gala Raises Over $1 Million

By Rob Giardinelli       Photography by Priscilla Dickson and Daniel Ortiz

THE SCENE: The Post Oak Hotel in Houston was the recent setting for a night that transported people to the other side of the pond. Over 400 of Space City’s most notable art patrons, sociables, and philanthropists turned out for the annual Houston Symphony Ball. The evening’s theme Vienna Fête Impériale provided the evening with an elevated European flair that featured fabulous food, amazing music, and most importantly, a seven-figure raising for the organization.

THE VIBE: The white-tie attire, with the men sporting tails, while the women were outfitted in an elegant mix of their finest ballgowns with a mix of black and white, metallic, and bright color ensembles that created a festive environment for all on hand. The evening began in the foyer outside the Post Oak Ballroom for cocktail hour. As guests sipped on their favorite spirits, they perused an exquisitely curated silent auction that included a ten-day cruise on the Regent Seven Seas, tickets to attend the AKRIS fashion show in Paris, and four executive tickets behind the on-deck circle for a Houston Astros game.

The festivities then moved into the Post Oak Ballroom for the main program. More than a few jaws dropped at the stunning room designed by Richard Flowers of The Events Company, which featured crystal chandeliers, custom linens, and floral arrangements in various shades of pink which perfectly blended the Viennese and American cultures.

Once partygoers took to their seats, they were treated to a delectable, multi-course meal by Post Oak Executive Chef Jean-Luc Royere. During the dinner, patrons were also treated to professional dancers performing the Viennese Waltz, a beautiful, elegant detail that delighted the crowd. The festivities were capped off with dancing where revelers partied the night away to the tunes of Q the Band.

THE NON-PROFIT: The 2024 Houston Symphony Ball was co-chaired by Tammie and Dr. Charles Johnson, and Drs. Alice Mao Brams and Matt Brams, and honored Brigette and Bashar Kalai, Dr. Sippi Khurana, and Betty and Jesse Tutor for their longtime support of the organization. The event raised over $1 million for the Houston Symphony to support their ongoing education and community engagement programs

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