Co-Chair and Immediate Past President James Farrow, Kathan Dearman, Hristo Birgochukov and Richard Dowling


The annual gala fundraiser of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (MASNO) celebrated its 15th year with guest artist Spencer Myer, acclaimed American pianist and 2008 Gold Medalist of MASNO’s New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC). This year’s gala was lovingly dedicated to the memory of Richard Goula: former MASNO President, long-time board member, Grand Patron and Co-Founder of “Nocturne.”

Guests arrived at the Lafayette Foyer for the champagne reception. Following the reception was Myer’s concert, featuring works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Maurice Ravel, Frederick Chopin and William Bolcom. Myer also delivered a lovely tribute and dedication of Bolcom’s Graceful Ghost Rag to Richard Goula, who was a close friend of Myer’s. As a courtesy of Hall Piano Company and Robin and Bruce Crutcher, a recent recording of Bolcom’s Rags performed by Myer was presented to each guest. After the concert, guests enjoyed a three-course dinner prepared by the culinary team of the Ritz-Carlton.

Additionally, Tiffany Adler of Adler’s designed commemorative lapel pins for the occasion, which were worn by guests. The table centerpieces were designed by June and Ken Cognevich, Anne Gauthier and Susan Lafaye. Each arrangement included an artistic piece designed by Ken Cognevich.

Nocturne Co-Chairs were James Farrow (Immediate Past President of MASNO) and Susan Lafaye (Treasurer of MASNO).

Proceeds from the event help MASNO to proudly continue its efforts to make New Orleans a vital and vibrant center for the musical arts: providing opportunities to hear some of the world’s best musical talents; developing enthusiastic audiences; nurturing the development of talent; and championing music education through innovative programming and signature events.



Event at a Glance

What: “Nocturne XV,” benefiting Musical Arts Society of New Orleans
When: Sunday, November 5, 2017
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel