The Classically Cliburn Gala Evokes Parisian Theme

By Jake Gaines Photography by Joyce Marshall


THE SETTING: Fort Worth’s Ridglea Country Club served as the perfect venue to celebrate the achievements of The Cliburn, a vital part of the cultural landscape in the city and beyond. The evening, with its Passion Paris theme for the Classically Cliburn event, consisted of 440 Cliburn friends and supporters who gathered for the gala celebration that was considered the city’s party of the year.

THE STYLE: The black-tie event featured an elegant reception, evoking the Parisiaenergy of the evening. A sumptuous y seated dinner was served with a très chic Paris supper club theme. Then, the patrons danced to the music of Jimmy Vali and his 13-piece band while classic casino games were also played throughout the evening. The locale, with the décor created by Stage Works and floral decorations by Rusty Glenn Designs, was transformed by capturing the architecture, elegance, and style of the City of Love.

THE PURPOSE: Anne Marie and Doug Bratton chaired the event and Mildred Hedrick Fender served as the honorary chair. The Classically Cliburn gala is the organization’s signature fundraising event. Funds raised secure and enhance Cliburn programs, and strengthen its ability to carry out its mission to advance classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, educational programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of young artists.

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