This year, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra decided to focus on the city’s Spanish heritage for its annual gala, titled “Fiesta Sinfonica.” Co-chairs Luz Caputto, Ana Gershanik and Pam Ryan put together a spectacular evening of celebration that was a feast for all senses.
Alas, another part of the city’s heritage—the New Orleans Saints—had a playoff scheduled the same night as the gala, so organizers very promptly moved the event to the next night, Jan. 14.
The Foundry served as the party venue, with a sit-down dinner prepared by chef Horst Pfeifer of Bella Luna Catering. Music was another highlight of the evening, with Julio and César performing for the pre-party cocktail celebration. There was a special concert by the entire Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the LPO’s new music director, Carlos Miguel Prieto. Julio and César got back on stage afterwards with a full dance band.
The silent auction was full of enticing items, including a Roland Golden painting, a cruise, an LPO string quartet performance, diamond jewelry, luxury vacations, shopping sprees, and even a chance to dance with the Maestro Prieto. A raffle for jewelry from Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry also helped raise funds. The ball was part of a three-day cultural tourism weekend that featured a concert and tour packages that included art gallery and antique tours, cooking lessons, special hotel rates and spa packages.
Lisa Ryan, LPO music director Carlos Miguel Prieto, Stella Delbianco and Pierre Lebovics
Alva Chase, Edgar Chase and Leah Chase
Isabel Prieto, Hugh Long and Susan Krinsky
Cathy Beshel, Suzie Bagwill and Josette Seifert
Stephanie and Ludovico Feoli with Haydee Stone
Barbara and Hugo Wedemeyer