This Week in Houston’s Buzz: Houston Symphony Concert and Gala Opening Night 2018 Featuring Pianist Yuja Wang

Houston Symphony Concert and Gala Opening Night 2018 Featuring Pianist Yuja Wang

           A New Steinway Spirio Model piano autographed by Yuja Wang

The Houston Symphony Orchestra held its Opening Night Concert and Gala 2018 that was well attended by music lovers and enthusiasts. The enchanted evening began with a stellar concert performance by Musical America’s Artist of the Year 2017, Yuja Wang. The Houston Symphony formally opens every season with an elegant black tie event. Last year the concert and gala was cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey. The Houston Symphony is committed to increasing the quality of life in Houston through music. More than 1,000 guests attended the concert and Conductor Gustavo Gimeno led the Houston Symphony in a concert program that featured Ravel’s concerto followed by Barber’s Overture to The School for Scandal. A lovely red rose dinner followed the concert at The Corinthian on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Downtown Houston.

The event was chaired by Donna and Max Chapman. The honorary chairs of the black-tie gala were Daniela and Manolo Sanchez. ConocoPhillips served as the Concert Sponsor and Lead Gala Corporate Underwriter for the 32nd year. More than 400 guests attended the spectacular black-tie gala held at The Corinthian raising more than $750,000 for the Houston Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement Programming. A jaw-dropping focus of the evening included the live auction of a new Steinway Spirio Model piano autographed by Yuja Wang. Jo Dee and Cliff Wright walked away the winners of the self-playing piano. Dancing began as The Royal Dukes Band took to the stage and entertained party goers, closing out the music-filled evening. For more information on the Houston Symphony feel free to visit their website at and/or call (713) 224-7575.

                               Attorney Quentin Smith and Aerin Smith

                                          Kevin Black and Tony Bradfield

Dr. Warren Ellsworth, Dr. Rachel Ellsworth, Dr. Ishwaria Subbiah and Dr. Vivek Subbiah

                     Gina Bhatia, Beau King, and Joanne King Herring

                                             Phoebe Tudor and Bobby Tudor

                        Margaret Alkek Williams and pianist Yuja Wang