LET’S FACE THE MUSIC

LET’S FACE THE MUSIC

Houston Symphony Opening Night Concert And Gala’s Grand Style

 

By Jennifer Roosth      Photography by Priscilla Dickson and Daniel Ortiz

THE SETTING: Recently, over 300 guests, donning their finest black tie attire, attended the Houston Symphony’s Opening Night concert and gala. Upon arrival at Jones Hall, partygoers enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres on the Mezzanine level before making their way into see concert. The evening featured Juraj Valčuha leading the orchestra and Houston Symphony Chorus, alongside soprano Ana María Martínez, mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya, tenor Jonathan Tetelman, and bass Dmitry Belosselskiy. Following the performance, guests were transported to the Corinthian Houston for a spectacular seated dinner catered by Jackson and Company. Following dinner, guests enjoyed musical entertainment by the David Caceres Band.

 

THE STYLE: The Corinthian ballroom was donned with crystal chandeliers and greenery cascading across the balcony, all designed by The Events Company. The elegant tables that filled the room, covered in green linens, were topped with varying high and low-profile floral arrangements in shades of white and green.

 

Dinner began with an Italian butter lettuce salad with fresh herbs, gulf shrimp terrine, chives, and pickled mustard seed vinaigrette topped with a toasted chickpea crouton and three radish slaw. The main course included a gremolata and breadcrumb crusted black cod, with charred leek and artichoke white wine emulsion, alongside summer squash and white corn rösti, and Romano beans and button chanterelle sauté.  Accompanying the meal were wine pairings provided by Spec’s Wine, Spirits, & Finer Foods. After dinner, the dessert was a trio that included coconut sorbet verrine, tiramisu profiteroles, and hazelnut macaroons.

 

THE PURPOSE: The annual Houston Symphony Opening Night concert and gala, chaired by Drs. Susan and Dennis Carlyle, celebrated the opening of the 2022–2023 season and the tenure of Juraj Valčuha as the Houston Symphony’s 16th music director and holder of the Roy and Lillie Cullen Chair. This year’s event raised more than $540,000 for the orchestra’s industry-leading Education and Community Engagement initiatives. ConocoPhillips served as the Concert Sponsor and Lead Gala Corporate Underwriter for the 36th year.   

PARK’S PLACE

PARK’S PLACE

Hermann Park Conservancy Raises Funds For Green Spaces

By Jennifer Roosth        Photography by Priscilla Dickson

THE SETTING: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 safety measures, this year’s Evening in The Park event for Hermann Park Conservancy looked a little different than in the past. To make up for lost time due to the prior gala’s cancellation, instead of dinner, dancing, and the program under one big tent at the Molly Ann Smith Plaza, the event was socially distanced and progressive. The dinner was served in tented pods placed along the Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool.

THE STYLE: Guests were welcomed with cocktails  while they perused photographs on view in Lindsey Plaza. Then, to add an element of fun, many guests opted to take the Hermann Park Railroad from Lindsey Plaza to the Molly Ann Smith Plaza, passing through the beautiful native plants and grounds of the upcoming Commons site. Upon arrival at the Plaza, Conservancy board chair Kristy Bradshaw spoke about the Conservancy’s endeavors including play spaces, natural habitats and plantings, public art installations, gathering areas, and the McWilliams Dog Park. The dog park was the focus of this year’s gala celebration and one of the most requested features by the community. Dinner was then served, and each party headed to their respective pod to enjoy a meal created by City Kitchen. Then, tunes were provided by DJ Mav at the Pioneer Obelisk as guests danced the night away to celebrate an Evening in the Park’s two years in the making.

THE PURPOSE: Event co-chairs Jo and Jim Furr, along with Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell and Derrick Mitchell, worked tirelessly to ensure guests had an entertaining and safe night. This year’s event surpassed its goal and raised $650,000 for the care and improvement of Hermann Park. Thanks to the generous $1 million gift from Laura and Brad McWilliams, this year’s honorees, funds raised at the gala, and a slew of additional donations directed towards the dog park, the Conservancy is $100,000 shy of its $2 million capital campaign. The honoree of the prior canceled Evening in The Park event, Marley Lott, was also in attendance and recognized.

SILVER STARS

SILVER STARS

R.S.V.P. HOUSTON

Holocaust Museum Houston Hosts Virtual Silver Jubilee Event Celebrating 25 years

By Rob Giardinelli       Photography by Priscilla Dickson

Evan and Nicole Katz & Carl Josehart

THE SETTING: Recently, many of Houston’s most notable sociables and philanthropists gathered at the Hilton Americas-Houston for a VIP Watch Party to celebrate a milestone anniversary of one of the city’s most impactful cultural institutions. The celebration was for the Holocaust Museum Houston, which celebrated their 25th year Silver Jubilee and featured touching words from Holocaust survivors and a series of superstar musical performances.

Jerry Simon, John Hantak and Adam Brennen

THE STYLE: The hybrid event allowed for people to attend the VIP watch party in person or celebrate in the comfort of their own home. Those who opted to attend in person donned their finest cocktail attire. The virtual program began with a timeline showcasing how much the organization has grown and impacted the nation’s fourth largest city over the past 25 years.

Next, after words from Dr. Kelly Zuniga, Carl Josehart, and founding chair Martin Fein, was more about the history of the evolution of the museum with emotional stories of those who survived the Holocaust era and an in-memoriam for Holocaust survivors who passed away in the past year. Highlighting the evening, was a special virtual appearance by Tony AwardÒ-winning actor, Ben Platt, who sang three musical numbers, placed at three different points throughout the program,  that helped cap a memorable evening.

Kisha and Jason Itkin

THE PURPOSE: The event raised over $1.1 million dollars for the Holocaust Museum Houston. As the fourth largest Holocaust museum in the country, funds raised from the event will go towards online and in-person Holocaust and human rights educational programming for the students, teachers and the public in Houston…and beyond. 

Rhona and Bruce Caress & Dr. Kelly Zúñiga