Symphony Ball The Balinese Room Saturday, May 12, 2018 The Post Oak at Uptown Houston
The Ball is an elegant, black-tie evening reminiscent of the 1940’s and 50’s, which featured a seated dinner and silent auction that included one-of-a-kind luxury items, exceptional experiences and private dinners from some of Houston’s top chefs. The Symphony Ball is attended by business, community and philanthropic leaders, along with many members of the Houston Symphony family. This is all made possible by our generous Presenting Sponsor, Phillips 66.
Houston Symphony Ball Celebrates With Gala
By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Jenny Antill, Daniel Ortiz and Anthony Rathbun
THE SCENE: At the new Post Oak Hotel, more than 530 guests donned black-tie attire to enjoy this year’s Houston Symphony Ball, themed The Balinese Room, the famous nightclub of yesteryear. Patrons enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while bidding on one-of-a-kind silent auction items. As the dinner chimes rang, guests made their way to their tables which were covered with centerpieces of palm trees and orchids, and tropical floral arrangements.
THE VIBE: The décor, created by Richard Flowers of The Events Company, transported guests to the past as they were welcomed by Balinese fire dancers. Murals, inspired by the Faena Hotel in Miami, were draped in tropical green firecracker curtains. Following the honoree presentation, the David Caceres Orchestra took the stage while dinner prepared by Executive Chef Jean-Luc Royere was served. Partygoers enjoyed an after party with New York City’s DJ Kalkutta, with a Balinese Room signature drink and snacked on late night bites.
THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Robin Angly and Miles Smith, along with co-chairs Darrin Davis and Mario Gudmundsson and auction chairs Ann Ayre and Helen Shaffer, raised more than $1.33 million for the Houston Symphony’s Education and Community Programming. Phillips 66 served as the presenting sponsor for the fourth consecutive year. The evening honored Aurelie Desmarais with the Mike Stude Award for Enduring Artistic Vision, and Dr. Renu Khator with the Raphael Fliegel Award for Visionary Leadership.