A Symphonic Feast

The LPO’s “Fabergé Opus Ball.”
Photographed by Melissa Calico
Paul Leaman and Marilyn Dittmann with Paulette and Frank Stewart

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra hosted its “Fabergé Opus Ball” on Saturday, April 12. The ball gave local music lovers the chance to see some very special guests: pianist Lola Astanova and conductor Jahja Long,who joined the LPO in delivering a spectacular Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2. Astanova is a world-renowned, Russian-born pianist who has been playing since she was 8 years old.

A patron party opened the celebrations for the evening, featuring champagne and a chance to enjoy the restored Civic Theater lobby. Astanova and Long’s concert then took place in the Civic’s grand concert hall. The end of the special concert did not signal the end of the evening, however. The festivities continued at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel, with a performance by jazz vocalist Phillip Manuel.

The Hyatt Regency served a three-course meal to accompany the overall magnificent evening. In addition to wining, dining and listening to great music, guests also had the opportunity to take part in a fantastic live auction, emceed by Angela Hill, which included a complimentary dinner at La Boca restaurant and a round-trip travel package from Delta Airlines and Sheraton Park Lane Hotel.
 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What:  “Fabergé Opus Ball,” benefiting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
When:  Saturday, April 12
Where:  Civic Theatre/Hyatt Regency