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Houston’s Magical Musical Morning Creates Adorable Kid Scenes Fit for a Disney Movie

This is One Sweet Symphony Moment

BY // 12.12.19
photography Leah Wilson

The Houston Symphony’s annual Magical Musical Morning so effectively spreads the seasonal joy through the ballroom of River Oaks Country Club that it could be a scene from a delightfully candy-coated Disney movie.

Picture youngsters, dressed in their holiday best, scampering from moments with Santa to a whimsical photo booth to the ever-popular Instrument Petting Zoo. And that is where the most heartwarming photos are taken year after year. We’re still smiling over the images of the three young Boge brothers warming up on mini-saxophones and Elliott Lester putting his lips to a full-sized French horn. And the precious little girls, bows in their hair, embracing violins could melt even a steely heart.

Applause, applause for chair Joan Duff for helming the day that fêted Sybil Roos as honorary great-grandmother and Susan and Dick Hansen and Brittany and Travis Cassin as honorary family.

Beyond providing a beautiful midday affair, the event raised more than $100,000 for the symphony’s Education and Community Engagement programs. It was therefore appropriate that classical entertainment, with the kiddos in mind, was provided by artists from the symphony’s Community-Embedded Musicians.

More than 280 youngsters, parents and grandparents were seated for the concert as well as for the family-friendly buffet that included breakfast croissants, pigs-in-a-blanket, French toast and musical themed sugar cookies.

PC Seen: Bob Duff, Hailey Duff, Drs. Ishwaria and Vivek Subbiah, Farida Abjani, Viviana and David Denechaud, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, Mary Lou Dujka, Katherine and Jonathan Palme, Fran Fawcett-Peterson, Trish Greaser, Connie Kwan-Wong, Tammy Nguyen, Kimberly and Edoardo Padeletti, Gina and Saib Saour, Meagan and Christian Schwartz, Drs. Ishwaria and Vivek Subbiah, Mary Lynn Marks, Betty Tutor Bailey Dalton-Binion, and Regina and John Mangum, Houston Symphony CEO.

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