Society Style Dallas 2018
Standing Ovation

Broadway star adds sparkle to Dallas Symphony Orchestra's grand gala

Broadway star adds sparkle to Dallas Symphony Orchestra's grand gala

Katherine Coker, Lisa Cooley, Tracy Lange
Katherine Coker in Badgley Mischka, Lisa Cooley in Mary Katrantzou, Tracy Lange in Michael Faircloth Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kara Goss, Kim Hext
Kara Goss in Rosie Assoulin, Kim Hext in Calvin Klein Photo by WJNPHOTO
Courtney Nall, Andrew Nall
Courtney Nall, Andrew Nall Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kristin Chenoweth
Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth was the night's entertainment. Photo by Kristina Bowman and Jason Voinov
Sanjiv Yajnik, Kristin Chenoweth, Kim Noltemy
Sanjiv Yajnik, Kristin Chenoweth, Kim Noltemy Photo by Kristina Bowman and Jason Voinov
Jennifer Clark, Amara Durham
Jennifer Clark in Cucinelli, Amara Durham in Diane von Furstenberg Couture Photo by WJNPHOTO
Bob Segert, Lisa Segert
Bob Segert, Lisa Segert Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tracy Preston, Mimi Sterling, Rich Sterling, Cheryl Bryant
 Tracy Preston, Mimi Sterling, Rich Sterling, Cheryl Bryant Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kristin Chenoweth
Chenoweth proclaimed her love for Whataburger. Photo by Kristina Bowman and Jason Voinov
Mark Digiannantonio, Keisha Digiannantonio
Mark Digiannantonio, Keisha Digiannantonio Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tiffany Divis, Paul Divis
Tiffany Divas in Michael Faircloth, Paul Divas Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jeana Mosher, Dan Mosher
Jeana Mosher, Dan Mosher Photo by WJNPHOTO
Nikki Webb, Crayton Webb
Nikki Webb, Crayton Webb Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jennifer Chandler, Scott Chandler
Jennifer Chandler, Scott Chandler Photo by WJNPHOTO
Polly Neidhart, Michael Fielding
Polly Neidhart, Michael Fielding Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sam Teichelman, Victoria Teichelman
Sam Teichelman, Victoria Teichelman Photo by WJNPHOTO
David Sirna, Mahrjon Hafez
David Sirna, Mahrjon Hafez Photo by WJNPHOTO
Gary Lyons, Sean Kelley
Gary Lyons, Sean Kelley Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mike Cetera, Joan Cetera
Mike Cetera, Joan Cetera Photo by WJNPHOTO
Clay Cooley, Lisa Cooley
Clay Cooley, Lisa Cooley in Mary Katrantzou Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kelly Clayton, Mark Clayton
Kelly Clayton, Mark Clayton Photo by WJNPHOTO
Katherine Coker, Lisa Cooley, Tracy Lange
Kara Goss, Kim Hext
Courtney Nall, Andrew Nall
Kristin Chenoweth
Sanjiv Yajnik, Kristin Chenoweth, Kim Noltemy
Jennifer Clark, Amara Durham
Bob Segert, Lisa Segert
Tracy Preston, Mimi Sterling, Rich Sterling, Cheryl Bryant
Kristin Chenoweth
Mark Digiannantonio, Keisha Digiannantonio
Tiffany Divis, Paul Divis
Jeana Mosher, Dan Mosher
Nikki Webb, Crayton Webb
Jennifer Chandler, Scott Chandler
Polly Neidhart, Michael Fielding
Sam Teichelman, Victoria Teichelman
David Sirna, Mahrjon Hafez
Gary Lyons, Sean Kelley
Mike Cetera, Joan Cetera
Clay Cooley, Lisa Cooley
Kelly Clayton, Mark Clayton

The star performer at this year's Dallas Symphony Orchestra gala is an Oklahoma girl, but the enraptured audience didn't hold it against her. Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth wowed the crowd at the Meyerson Symphony Center, singing a medley of Broadway tunes and classic standards, many of which were signature songs of her idol, Judy Garland.

But before the singing could start, gala chairs Lisa and Bob Segert and DSO president and CEO Kim Noltemy introduced this year's honorary gala chairs, Niki and Ryan Anthony. The Anthonys head up The Ryan Anthony Foundation, which raises funds and awareness in support of cancer research and treatment through Cancer Blows. Ryan Anthony is the principal trumpet for the DSO, and was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2012.

Stage and screen star Chenoweth endeared herself further by professing her love for Buc-ee's and Whataburger (sipping from the iconic orange and white cup between songs) and throwing a few barbs at The Real Housewives of Dallas.

Conductor Mary-Mitchell Campbell, who flew in from music directing Mean Girls on Broadway, accompanied Chenoweth on piano during several of the songs, including a finale that she had composed and where Chenoweth was backed up by students from Texas State University.

Following the concert, guests, dressed in their designer best — including Clay and Lisa Cooley in Mary Katrantzou, Paul and Tiffany Divis in Michael Faircloth, Kara Goss in Rosie Assoulin, Kim Hext in Calvin Klein, Ross Perot, Margot Birmingham, Jennifer Clark in Cucinelli, Amara Durham in Diane von Furstenberg Couture, Jeana and Dan Mosher, Katherine Coker in Badgley Mischka, and Tracy Lange in Michael Faircloth — headed for the after-party chaired by Courtney and Andrew Nall.

Everyone was delighted to see the return of massage specialists from the Ritz-Carlton Spa, who soothed aching feet with a quick rub-down and provided Swarovski-studded flip-flops for anyone who was ready to give their heels the boot. Now comfortably shod, many headed to the dance floor to groove to tunes from DJ Souljah.

Fearing's provided a quick pick-me-up with margarita shooters and guacamole-topped chips, while The Original Cupcakery offered a sweet ending to the night with delicate desserts and a coffee bar. 

The gala is the DSO's most significant fundraiser of the year, and proceeds provide support to the orchestra's education and community programs. Those vital outreach efforts impact more than 230,000 North Texas residents annually, including 30,000 children.