Philanthropic Fun: Magnificent Musicality

The “Opus Ball” and “Sponsor Dinner” treated patrons of the philharmonic to music and mingling.
Lead Sponsor and Sponsor Dinner Hosts John and Yulia Houghtaling with Director Carlos Miguel Prieto

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual “Opus Ball” was divided into two major events this year: the “Sponsor Dinner” on March 13 and the “Opus Ball” on March 23.

The “Sponsor Dinner” was held at the iconic St. Charles Avenue mansion of Yulia and John Houghtaling. Cocktails were served in the open parlors of the living area with a seated dinner in the dining room. The room was illuminated by candles in the chandeliers, wall sconces and lamps, which brightened the multicolored floral table arrangements designed by Dunn & Sonnier.

A quartet from the LPO performed for the 300 patrons in attendance.

Food and beverages were provided by Kenny Lacour of Grand Events of New Orleans and Dakota Catering of New Orleans and the Northshore, which included passed hors d’oeuvres of miniature crab cakes and duck confit and a dinner of smoked salmon with Louisiana caviar, dill-gin creme fraiche, lump crabmeat-French brie bisque, boeuf bourguignon purée de ponnes de terre rustique and romanesco with garlic and capers. Dessert offered a lemon sabayon with fresh raspberries and butter-toasted pound cake.

The “Opus Ball,” held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, featured a Tribute to Fats Domino by the LPO orchestra led by Carlos Miguel Prieto. Davel Crawford was the featured vocalist.

Anne Gauthier served as Chair of the “Opus Ball.” The Anne Gauthier Family Foundation and Yulia and John Houghtaling were Lead Sponsors.

The “Opus Ball” benefits the expansion of LPO’s outreach programs by providing music education to residents of metro New Orleans and the surrounding Louisiana parishes.


Event at a Glance

What: “Opus Ball,” benefiting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

When: Saturday, March 23

Where: Sheraton Hotel


Stanford Pailet, Co-Chair Anne Gauthier, Marilyn Dittmann and Paul Leaman

Carlos and Jan Mickan with Paulette and Frank Stewart

Irwin Marcus and Angela Hill with Mimi Kruger and CEO James Boyd

Rivers and Kristin Lelong

Hugh and Krinsky Long with Sheila and President of the Board Dwight McGhee