A Little Night Music

Dallas Symphony Orchestra patrons garner standing ovation at annual gala

Dallas Symphony Orchestra patrons garner standing O at annual gala

Clay Cooley, Lisa Cooley
Clay Cooley, Lisa Cooley Photo by WJNPHOTO
Megan Coker, Jonathan Coker
Megan Coker, Jonathan Coker Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tiffany Divis, Kara Goss, Rhonda Marcus
Tiffany Divis, Kara Goss, Rhonda Marcus Photo by WJNPHOTO
Allison Brodnax, Melissa Lewis, Mari Epperson
Allison Brodnax, Melissa Lewis, Mari Epperson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kanchana Shastri, Arish Gupta
Kanchana Shastri, Arish Gupta Photo by WJNPHOTO
Graeme Ross, JR Gower, Michelle Miller Burns, Alex Bolton
Graeme Ross, JR Gower, Michelle Miller Burns, Alex Bolton Photo by WJNPHOTO
Yo-Yo Ma, Jaap van Zweden
Yo-Yo Ma and Jaap van Zweden during the concert. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Katherine Coker, Key Coker
Katherine Coker, Key Coker Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mary Epperson, Olivia Lewis, Melissa Lewis
Mary Epperson, Olivia Lewis, Melissa Lewis Photo by WJNPHOTO
Alejandra Alderete, John Atterbury
Alejandra Alderete, John Atterbury Photo by WJNPHOTO
Yon Jordan, Jennifer Mao
Yon Jordan, Jennifer Mao Photo by WJNPHOTO
Bonnie Floyd, Barbara Daseke
Bonnie Floyd, Barbara Daseke Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rhonda Marcus, Fraser Marcus
Rhonda Marcus, Fraser Marcus Photo by WJNPHOTO
Catherine Branch, Marshall Burke
Catherine Branch, Marshall Burke Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sara Lee Gardner, Stan Gardner
Sara Lee Gardner, Stan Gardner Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lynn Mock, Susan Geyer, Mark Geyer
Lynn Mock, Susan Geyer, Mark Geyer Photo by WJNPHOTO
Anna Song, Kevin Sauders
Anna Song, Kevin Sauders Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rachel Michelle, John Michelle
Rachel Michell, John Michell Photo by WJNPHOTO
DJ Steffi Burns
DJ Steffi Burns Photo by WJNPHOTO
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala 2017 attendees
Young professionals made a strong showing at the gala. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Alanna Moore, Alex Pearson
Alanna Moore, Alex Pearson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sam Liu, Kendall Zini-Jones
Sam Liu, Kendall Zini-Jones Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lisa Segert, Bob Segert
Lisa Segert, Bob Segert Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lauren Densinger, Florence Wang, Niki Fukada
Lauren Densinger, Florence Wang, Niki Fukada Photo by WJNPHOTO
Alia, Linda Snorina, Ivette Lample
Alia, Linda Snorina, Ivette Lample Photo by WJNPHOTO
Clay Cooley, Lisa Cooley
Megan Coker, Jonathan Coker
Tiffany Divis, Kara Goss, Rhonda Marcus
Allison Brodnax, Melissa Lewis, Mari Epperson
Kanchana Shastri, Arish Gupta
Graeme Ross, JR Gower, Michelle Miller Burns, Alex Bolton
Yo-Yo Ma, Jaap van Zweden
Katherine Coker, Key Coker
Mary Epperson, Olivia Lewis, Melissa Lewis
Alejandra Alderete, John Atterbury
Yon Jordan, Jennifer Mao
Bonnie Floyd, Barbara Daseke
Rhonda Marcus, Fraser Marcus
Catherine Branch, Marshall Burke
Sara Lee Gardner, Stan Gardner
Lynn Mock, Susan Geyer, Mark Geyer
Anna Song, Kevin Sauders
Rachel Michelle, John Michelle
DJ Steffi Burns
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala 2017 attendees
Alanna Moore, Alex Pearson
Sam Liu, Kendall Zini-Jones
Lisa Segert, Bob Segert
Lauren Densinger, Florence Wang, Niki Fukada
Alia, Linda Snorina, Ivette Lample

Before he departs for New York, music director Jaap van Zweden made sure to leave a lasting impression during his final Dallas Symphony Orchestra gala. The maestro conducted three pieces from Dvorak and one from Mahler, all to rapturous applause from the black tie-clad audience.

DSO interim president and CEO Michelle Miller Burns remarked that van Zweden's final celebration season, of which the Capital One-sponsored concert and gala was the kick-off, would highlight the orchestra's artistic achievements under his past decade of direction.

Of course, the standing ovations were also directed toward this year's special guest, internationally revered cellist Yo-Yo-Ma. DSO Gala chairs Lisa and Clay Cooley secured the classical music superstar to entertain the crowd, which included Tiffany Divis, Kara Goss, Rhonda Marcus, Mayor Mike Rawlings, Allison Brodnax, Melissa Lewis, Mari Epperson, Lisa and Bob Segert, Barbara Daseke, Linda Snorina, Susan and Mark Geyer, and Jane McGarry.

Gala honorary chair Margaret McDermott, who only the week before had been recognized for her generous philanthropy by the United Way, received her own round of applause in the concert hall named for her late husband, Eugene, at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

After the stirring program, guests made their way back to the lobby for a rockin' after-party chaired by Lara and Brian Pryor and Graeme Ross, and after-party honorary chairs Wren and Benji Homsey. Ladies gratefully slipped off their heels and gentlemen untied their shoes for complimentary foot massages from the Ritz-Carlton Spa, which also provided Swarovski crystal-studded flip-flops.

Those comfy, sparkly flats came in handy when guests hit the dance floor, which was continuously packed thanks to the DJ skills of Steffi Burns, who shimmered behind the booth in an emerald sequined dress. 

Margarita shooters and guacamole-topped chips from Fearing's kept energy levels soaring, with sweets from The Original Cupcakery also providing a sugar high and a coffee bar in the lobby offering a steady stream of caffeine. Patrons seeking a quieter time could escape to the softly lit courtyard, but by and large this year's crowd came to party.

Proceeds from this year’s gala provide support to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s education and community programs, which reach 230,000 North Texas residents annually, 30,000 of whom are children.