OVERVIEW

2019 Opening Night Concert and Gala
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Concert
The Corinthian, Gala and Seated Dinner
6:30 PM Reception and Silent Auction
8:00 PM Seated Dinner

CHAIRS

Donna and Max Chapman

HONORARY CHAIRS

Daniela and Manolo Sánchez

CONCERT PROGRAM

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 Houston Symphony’s 2018-2019 Opening Night Concert & Gala, chaired by Donna and Max Chapman, raised more than $750,000 for the Houston Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement Programming. ConocoPhillips served as the Concert Sponsor and Lead Gala Corporate Underwriter for the 32nd year.

A 275-key piano, stretching in front of the doors of Jones Hall, welcomed more than 1,000 guests as they made their way into the concert. The evening featured renowned Pianist Yuja Wang. Conductor Gustavo Gimeno led the musicians of the Houston Symphony in a concert program that featured Ravel’s virtuosic concerto followed by Barber’s Overture to The School for Scandal. The night of musical magic ended with Prokofiev’s vibrant, impassioned rendering of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Following the performance, 400 black-tie party-goers continued the evening at The Corinthian for a spectacular seated dinner catered by Jackson and Company.

The décor, created by The Events Company, focused on the musical aspect of the evening. Tables were dressed with black and silver reversible sequined linens adorned with centerpieces of red roses in black and white vases, like the keys of a piano.

Dinner began with La Salade Rue Saint-Benoit, a salad composed of green leaf lettuce, walnut halves, watermelon radish, frisee and walnut oil dressing, wedges of meadow creek dairy Grayson and Roquefort with a variety of toasts. The main course included filet mignon served with Béarnaise sauce and asparagus, tomato Provencal, roasted whole baby new potatoes and sliced baguettes. Accompanying the meal were wine pairings provided by Spec’s Wine, Spirits, & Finer Foods. The dessert was a chocolate piano filled with chocolate mousse and raspberry garnish.

The highlight of the evening was the auction of a new Steinway Spirio Model M piano signed by the star of the evening, Yuja Wang. Jo Dee and Cliff Wright walked away the winners of the prized possession.

The Royal Dukes Band then took the stage, commencing the late-night party that had guests dancing into the wee hours of the morning.

TABLES

$50,000 Steinway & Sons Underwriter Table for Ten

  • Ten premier tickets to the Opening Night Concert
  • A premier gala table located front and center
  • Invitation for three couples to to attend the Underwriter Reception
  • Place card service
  • Valet parking

$25,000 Bosendorfer Underwriter Table for Ten

  • Ten prominent tickets to the Opening Night Concert
  • A prominent gala table location
  • Invitation for two couples to attend the Underwriter Reception
  • Place card service
  • Valet parking

$15,000 Yamaha Underwriter Table for Ten

  • Ten prominent tickets to the Opening Night Concert
  • A prominent gala table location
  • Invitation for host couple to attend the Underwriter Reception
  • Place card service
  • Valet parking

$10,000 Fazioli Table for Ten

  • Ten tickets to the Opening Night Concert
  • Invitation for host couple to attend the Underwriter Reception
  • Place card service
  • Valet parking

TICKETS

$5,000 Rachmaninoff Underwriter Individual Ticket

  • A premier ticket to the Opening Night Concert
  • A premier gala seating location
  • Invitation to the Underwriter Reception

$2,500 Chopin Underwriter Individual Ticket

  • A prominent ticket to the Opening Night Concert
  • A prominent gala seating location
  • Invitation to the Underwriter Reception

$1,250 Schubert Individual Ticket (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

$1,250 Houston Symphony Musician Sponsor Ticket

  • Sponsor a Houston Symphony Musician and their guest to attend.

All benefits include complimentary valet parking, recognition in press materials, InTune magazine, and event related materials as print deadlines permit.

I/We would like to purchase a table or ticket(s) to Opening Night.

Where will I pick up my concert tickets?
Your concert tickets will be available for pick-up at registration at The Corinthian during the reception. If you choose to forgo the reception, your concert tickets will be at the Jones Hall Will Call window.

What time will Jones Hall doors open?
We open doors one hour before the start of each performance.

Where do I park?
If you are attending the Champagne and Cocktail reception, please valet at The Corinthian. Shuttle buses provided by Sovereign Services will transport guests to and from Jones Hall.

Please note, these apply to gala attendees only.

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