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.

A Fiesta to RememberLisa Ryan, LPO music director Carlos Miguel Prieto, Stella Delbianco and Pierre Lebovics

A Fiesta to RememberAlva Chase, Edgar Chase and Leah Chase

A Fiesta to RememberIsabel Prieto, Hugh Long and Susan Krinsky

A Fiesta to RememberCathy Beshel, Suzie Bagwill and Josette Seifert

A Fiesta to RememberStephanie and Ludovico Feoli with Haydee Stone

A Fiesta to RememberBarbara and Hugo Wedemeyer