Any performance by world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell is unforgettable — but this one is even more special than usual. At the Houston Symphony’s 2015-2016 Season Opening Night Concert & Gala, the virtuoso will perform a work written just for him: William David Brohn’s arrangement of the West Side Story Suite. Chair Janet Clark, honorary chair Vicki West and underwriting chair David Wuthrich have orchestrated the black-tie celebration, which honors Symphony benefactress Margaret Alkek Williams. Highlights of the night include a champagne reception at The Corinthian; the Opening Night Concert at Jones Hall, conducted by music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada and featuring Joshua Bell and the Houston Symphony (George Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Stravinsky’s The Firebird will be other highlights of the performance); and the gala itself, back at The Corinthian, with dinner by Jackson and Company, decor by Bergner and Johnson, and dancing to the music of the Richard Brown Orchestra. ConocoPhillips is the concert sponsor and lead corporate gala underwriter for the evening, which benefits the Symphony’s education and community programming. PaperCity serves as media sponsor.
What: Houston Symphony Opening Night Concert & Gala
When: Saturday, September 12, 6 pm champagne and hors d’oeuvres, 7:30 pm concert
Where: The Corinthian and Jones Hall
Tariff: From $500; tables from $5,000 (prices include admission to the concert)
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