GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

2020 Houston Ballet Ball Celebrates the 50th Anniversary

By Jennifer Roosth             Photography by Alida Bonifaz, Gary Fountain, Jacalyn Lawton, Wilson Parish, and Dave Rossman

THE SETTING:  For the first time since Hurricane Harvey, The Houston Ballet brought its annual event back to the Wortham Theater Center, its performance home, to celebrate an unforgettable golden 50th anniversary Ballet Ball. More than 400 guests clad in black tie made their way through Fish Plaza, with its shining runway covered in red carpet and lined with spotlights into the Wortham Theater. The room had been transformed into a glamourous golden palace, a nod to the 50th anniversary, by Richard Flowers of The Events Company. Tables covered in a mix of sparkling gold linens and mirrors lit the room. The look was elegantly completed by lush cream floors that paralleled crystal and custom gold chandeliers delicately suspended throughout the room.

THE STYLE:  Upon entering the theater, guests were greeted by Houston Ballet Academy dancers who donned gold costumes from classic Houston Ballet performances. The dinner, prepared by Jackson and Company, began with a golden caviar French macaron, black truffle and potato panna cotta followed by Lobster Bisque hand-poured by the servers–an elegant touch. The main course was a perfectly aged Angus beef tenderloin with haricots verts, rainbow baby carrots, polenta with caramelized shallots, and a gorgonzola tart.

For dessert, guests enjoyed Chocolat a la Margaret, a gold-painted chocolate sphere filled with chocolate mousse, hazelnut dacquoise, and glacé raspberries in honor of the tireless support of longtime patron Margaret Alkek Williams for her dedication, leadership, and commitment to the organization. As dessert was served, company dancers emerged from their seats and surrounding entrances surprising guests with a choreographed piece by Houston Ballet First Soloist, Oliver Halkowich. Guests were captivated by this moment and erupted in applause when Artistic Director Stanton Welch and Executive Director Jim Nelson joined the surprise performance. As the impromptu production came to an end, the dancers rolled out a commemorative nine-foot cake, adorned with 50th anniversary candles, onto the dance floor before the gold confetti grand finale.

THE PURPOSE:  Beth and Nick Zdeblick chaired the event this year, while Phoebe and Bobby Tudor served as honorary chairs. The annual event raised nearly $1.8 million for the Houston Ballet, making it the most successful Ballet Ball in its history, and this over-the-top golden anniversary event will not soon be forgotten.

 

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BETTER THAN CHRISTMAS:  NUTCRACKER MARKET SPRING SPECTACULAR TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 11

BETTER THAN CHRISTMAS: NUTCRACKER MARKET SPRING SPECTACULAR TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 11

Karma Living

By Alexandra del Lago              Photography courtesy of the Nutcracker Market Spring Spectacular 

Love shopping?  Who doesn’t and now you don’t have to wait until Christmas to find unique items to make your heart spring forward. Twelve months can seem long time to wait for all the shopping fun and festive spirit of one annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market to the next. This year, Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Marker offers a welcome solution with its newly created Spring Spectacular. We can’t wait since tickets go on sale Monday March 11.

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Taking place April 12-14 at NRG Center, Spring Spectacular is the sunny flip side to the highly anticipated Nutcracker Market. This inaugural event will host 150 merchants from across the country – nearly 30 of them will make their debut – bringing with them a full assortment of seasonal items, apparel, accessories, jewelry, gourmet food and home décor suited to the warm weather months and spring and summer holidays. How great is that?

It’s doing good for charity, too. The Nutcracker Market’s Spring Spectacular will serve as a fundraiser that allows shoppers to give back to the Houston Ballet Foundation, it’s Academy and scholarship programs. In fact, 11% of all merchandise sales, plus the proceeds from admission tickets, stays right here in Houston supporting the various programs of Houston Ballet and its Academy.

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As an example, in 2018, Nutcracker Market funds exposed almost 61,354 Houston-area students to ballet through the Academy’s Education and Community Engagement programs, $506,980 was awarded to 129 students to continue their dream of studying dance at Houston Ballet Academy, and students from 261 Houston-area schools had their first opportunity to see ballet and hear from dancers through free programming, performances and classes at Houston Ballet’s prestigious Center for Dance.

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Regulars to Nutcracker Market can expect to find familiar favorite vendors such as The Round Top Collection and The Royal Standard with a fresh selection of products to fit the spring theme. Hurry, since on Monday, March 11, discount general admission tickets go on sale at all Randalls locations across Houston. Early Bird and group sale general admission tickets can be purchased now by calling 713.535.3231. Discount tickets may also be purchased from Ticketmaster.com beginning March 1. For more information, visit http://www.nutcrackermarket.com