2018-19 Opening Night Concert and Gala
Donna and Max Chapman, Chairs
Daniela and Manolo Sánchez, Honorary Chairs
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Concert
The Corinthian, Gala and Seated Dinner
Opening Night Concert with Yuja Wang
Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano
RAVEL Alborado del gracioso
RAVEL Concerto for the Left Hand
BARBER Overture to The School for Scandal
PROKOFIEV Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
The Symphony formally opens every season with this elegant black tie event. Last year, the concert and gala had to be cancelled in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, so the 2018 Opening Night will be a special celebration of new beginnings—for both the Symphony we love and the city it serves.
For this momentous celebration, pianist Yuja Wang brings her extraordinary artistry and trademark panache to the concert. Come hear why critics say she “eats the world’s greatest keyboard challenges for breakfast with one hand tied behind her back” (Los Angeles Times) and is “the most dazzling, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today” (San Francisco Chronicle).
The evening begins at The Corinthian at 6:00 p.m. with a champagne reception. Afterwards, Sovereign Services transports guests to Jones Hall for the 7:30 p.m. concert, featuring Yuja Wang, guest conductor Gustavo Gimeno and the outstanding musicians of the Houston Symphony, performing works including Ravel’s Concert for the Left Hand and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Afterwards, you’ll return to The Corinthian for a delicious seated dinner and dancing late into the night!
All proceeds support the Symphony’s industry-leading Education and Community Engagement, which serves more than 127,000 Houstonians from all walks of life, every year—including almost 100,000 children.
Tables and Tickets
$50,000 Underwriter Table
$25,000 Underwriter Table
$15,000 Premiere Table
$10,000 Prominent Table
$5,000 Underwriter Individual Ticket
$2,500 Premiere Individual Ticket
$1,250 Prominent Individual Ticket (Limited Availability)
$1,250 Houston Symphony Musician Sponsor Ticket
All gala table purchases include ten tickets to the Opening Night Concert, ten tickets to the Opening Night Gala Dinner, invitation to the Underwriter Reception, complimentary valet parking, and recognition in press materials, the Houston Symphony magazine, InTune, and the event program. Underwriter table purchases include marquee recognition at Jones Hall as an Opening Night sponsor and upgraded concert and gala seating placement.
All gala ticket purchases include a ticket to the Opening Night Concert, a ticket to the Opening Night Gala Dinner, complimentary valet parking, and recognition in the event program. Underwriter and Premiere ticket purchases include an invitation to the Underwriter Reception and upgraded concert and gala seating placement.
$550 per seat assigned or $5,500 per table.
For more information, please contact Rachel Klaassen, Manager, Special Events at 713-337-8520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lead Corporate Gala Underwriter