nothing bittersweet about this Symphony: The 2019-2020 Houston Symphony Opening Night Concert & Gala raised more than $575,000 for the symphony's Education and Community Engagement programs this month.
More than 1,600 guests arrived at Jones Hall to see legendary pianist Yefim Bronfman and Symphony musicians led by conductor Leonard Slatkin on September 14. The concert included beloved works like Tchaikovsky's Capriccio, Borodin's Nocturne, and Glinka's Kamarinskaya; Bronfman concluded the program with a performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.
The party continued for 400 black-tie guests at the Ballroom at Bayou Place, where Jackson and Company catered a luxuriant seated dinner—dishes included caviar croustade and aged beef tenderloin filet with cognac sauce and sour cream potatoes gratinee—with wine pairings by Spec's Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods.
Drawing inspiration from Fabergé's Imperial Eggs, The Events Company draped the ballroom in gold curtains and dressed tables with linens, candelabras, and centerpieces of red roses in black and white vases. In the middle of the room, a large Fabergé egg of fresh flowers made for a photo-worthy moment.
The Richard Brown Orchestra entertained late-night revelers well into morning. Babara J. Burger and Kusum and K. Cody Patel chaired this year's affair.