The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its upcoming 36-week season, in which they will perform at 100 concerts, with a trifold “Opening Night Gala.”
The evening began with cocktails, a seated dinner and dessert reception, held in the newly redecorated Blue Room of The Roosevelt Hotel, awash in blue lighting with gold and white accents. Food and beverages served included a main dinner course of garlic braised flat iron steak with parsnip and potato purée, roasted fall vegetables and natural braising jus and freshly brewed Roosevelt Blend coffee and teas.
Following the meal, patrons moved to the Orpheum Theater for a concert, “Gala con Pacho,” sponsored by Paulette and Frank Stewart. Under the direction of Conductor Miguel Prieto and Pacho Flores on trumpet, the LPO performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Marquez’s Concierto de Otoño and Castellano’s Santa Cruz de Pacairigua.
Following the concert, patrons enjoyed a champagne and dessert reception at The Roosevelt Hotel, which included warm beignets with chocolate sauce and cinnamon-crusted bread pudding.
Dwight McGhee, President of the Board of Trustees of the LPO acted as Chair with assistance from James William Boyd, CEO; 800 patrons were in attendance.
Event at a Glance
What: “Opening Night Gala,” benefiting Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
When: Thursday, September 12
Where: The Roosevelt Hotel
Phyllis Taylor, CEO James William Boyd and Charlotte Bollinger
Juergen and Josette Seifert and Nancy and Dr. Stephen Hales
Bill Hess, Pacho Flores and Susan Hess
Hugh Long with Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik
Anne Gauthier, Mimi Kruger and Gregory and Betty Spreyrer