Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Smashing Star Power Gala
By Jonathan Spindel
Photography By Lara Bierner and Kristina Bowman
THE SCENE: Dallas’s most charitable swells rubbed elbows with an international set of cultural elites at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra 2014 Gala. The star-studded crowd enjoyed world class dining and entertainment, with an appearance by HRH Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, then danced the night away at the Space Odyssey themed after-party. The extravagant evening made for myriad memorable moments and set a new record for overall fundraising revenue.
THE VIBE: The black tie evening began with a cocktail reception and dinner in the Meyerson Center lobby, a regal space designed by legendary architect I.M. Pei. Following the dinner, guests made their way into the concert hall for a performance by world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Afterward, the SOLUNA: International Music & Arts Festival hosted the Space Odyssey after-party, featuring late night entertainment including DJ Lucy Wrubel spinning tunes for a packed LED-lit dance floor under the stars. Stylish patrons enjoyed out-of-this-world cocktails and sumptuous epicurean delights in the Ritz-Carlton Dallas lounge.
THE CAUSE: This year’s gala and after-party, chaired by Dolores Barzune and Anna Sophia van Zweden respectiivey, set an all-time record for fundraising revenue. Over 2,500 music lovers gathered to enjoy the concert at the public simultaneous broadcast in Klyde Warren Park, the first-ever Dallas Symphony Orchestra simulcast presentation. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, concerts with popular personalities, and innovative multimedia presentations. The DSO’s commitment to the Dallas regional community includes an award-winning educational program, community projects, public park concerts and children’s programming.