2017 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala & After-Party
By Cynthia Smoot Photography by Kristina Bowman and Lara Bierner
THE SCENE: Dallas’s most charitable recently gathered at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center for the 2017 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala. The black-tie evening affair began with a cocktail reception, followed by an extravagant dinner in the beautifully decorated Meyerson lobby. Following the seated dinner, guests moved to the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall to enjoy a performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who begins his final season as Music Director of the DSO.
THE VIBE: Guests were welcomed by DSO Interim President & CEO Michelle Miller Burns and gala chairs Lisa and Clay Cooley. Gala honorary chair Margaret McDermott was recognized for her long-time contributions to the DSO and the Dallas community at large. The after-party was chaired by Graeme Ross, Lara and Brian Pryor with Wren and Benji Homsey as the honorary after-party chairs.
During the after party, guests socialized in the Opus lounge as they enjoyed cocktails, savories and desserts. Partygoers relaxed in the Ritz-Carlton Dallas Lounge as massage therapists went to work on dance-tired feet. The late-night entertainment featured DJ Steffi Burns spinning tunes for the packed dance floor.
THE CAUSE: As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming.