Arts / Society

World-Famous Performer on Multi-Million Dollar Violin Electrifies at the Houston Symphony Opening Night

BY // 09.15.15
photography Jenny Antill Clifton, Wilson Parish

What: Houston Symphony Opening Night Concert and Gala.

Where: Jones Hall and the Corinthian.

Who: Dynamic conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada with wife Julia, special guest violinist Joshua Bell, chair Janet F. Clark, honoree Margaret Williams, honorary chair Vicki West, director Mark Hanson with wife Christina, Houston Symphony president Steven Mach; symphonic supporters Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, Betty and Jesse Tutor, Cora Sue and Harry MachTing and John Bresnahan, Candace and Brian Thomas,

PC Moment: The 2015-2016 season of the Symphony kicked off with great fanfare, as guests in black tie were treated to champagne and hors d’oeuvre, a concert by the Houston Symphony featuring world famous violinist Joshua Bell (read about his storied Stradivarius violin here), a multi-course seated dinner and dancing to Richard Brown Orchestra. The evening, which raised a record-breaking $800,000 for the Symphony’s education and community programming, also served as an 80th birthday party for the lovely Margaret Williams, who donated an impressive $5 million to the Symphony in the spring.

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