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Vivaldi Patron Circle sophisticates celebrate classical music at Mid Winters Evening Soiree

Vivaldi Patron Circle sophisticates celebrate classical music at Mid Winters Evening Soiree

Eric Dupont, Alia Reniers, Linda Snorina, Sinan Gurman
Eric Dupont , Alia Reniers , Linda Snorina , Sinan Gurman Photo by Jerry McClure
Justin Whitman, Kimberly Whitman
Justin Whitman , Kimberly Whitman Photo by Jerry McClure
Rebecca Taylor, Victoria Rossi, Lauren Hancock
Rebecca Taylor , Victoria Rossi , Lauren Hancock Photo by Jerry McClure
Rachel Brooks, Kevin Norfleet
Rachel Brooks , Kevin Norfleet Photo by Jerry McClure
Kara Rafferty, David Sywak, Lisa Streidl
Kara Rafferty , David Sywak , Lisa Streidl Photo by Jerry McClure
Charla Sanderson, Chris Shull
Charla Sanderson , Chris Shull Photo by Jerry McClure
David Wilkins, Julie Griffis, Carl Ginsberg
David Wilkins , Julie Griffis , Carl Ginsberg Photo by Jerry McClure
Claressa Norrell, Jeremy West
Claressa Norrell , Jeremy West Photo by Jerry McClure
Nicola Benedetti
Nicola Benedetti Photo by Jerry McClure
Ted Smith, Haylee Dallas
Ted Smith , Haylee Dallas Photo by Jerry McClure
Katie Nichols, Bob Schlegel, Myrna Schlegel
Katie Nichols , Bob Schlegel , Myrna Schlegel Photo by Jerry McClure
Ashley Mahon, Jose Reyes
Ashley Mahon , Jose Reyes Photo by Jerry McClure
Eric Dupont, Alia Reniers, Linda Snorina, Sinan Gurman
Justin Whitman, Kimberly Whitman
Rebecca Taylor, Victoria Rossi, Lauren Hancock
Vivaldi at Zaza
Rachel Brooks, Kevin Norfleet
Kara Rafferty, David Sywak, Lisa Streidl
Charla Sanderson, Chris Shull
David Wilkins, Julie Griffis, Carl Ginsberg
Claressa Norrell, Jeremy West
Nicola Benedetti
Ted Smith, Haylee Dallas
Katie Nichols, Bob Schlegel, Myrna Schlegel
Ashley Mahon, Jose Reyes

Classical music met contemporary art during the Vivaldi Patron Circle's fourth annual Mid Winters Evening, at Stay ZaZa Art House & Social Gallery. An unexpected modern backdrop with illuminated art was just the kind of setting we'd hoped for at the soiree for the young professionals of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. 

More than 60 young sophisticates — including Rich Kaplan, Matthew Prescott, Ted Smith, Haylee Dallas, Rachel Brooks, Kevin Norfleet, Eric Dupont, Alia Reneirs, Linda Snorina and Sinan Gurman — sipped on bubbly and noshed on savory bites while surveying the room and chatting with like-minded peers. 

"This September will be the fifth year for the DSO Gala after party," said Jose Reyes, member of Vivaldi Patron steering committee. "More than 600 people were in attendance last year. It has been monumental in drawing a younger audience to the symphony." 

Halfway through the fete all, eyes were on Nick Weege, senior manager of donor advancement at the DSO. He thanked Hotel ZaZa, media sponsor CultureMap Dallas, honorary chairs Kimberly and Justin Whitman, and special guest Nicola Benedetti for making the lovely night a great success. 

Then Weege introduced director of artistic operations, Aldert Vermeulen, to lead a question-and-answer dialogue with Bendetti, the beautiful Scottish soloist and BBC Musician of the Year award recipient.

"Classical music is so profound that it belongs to everyone," Bendetti said.

When asked about how she stays inspired, Bendetti responded, "If something is great, it'll always feel new. I'm in the profession of interpreting what some of the greatest minds wrote. It can never be boring."

After the Whitmans reflected on their experiences at the symphony — including their wedding — guests Myrna and Bob Schlegel, Kara Rafferty, David Sywak, Lisa Streidl, David Wilkins, and Carl Ginsberg indulged in more vino and mini sweet cakes and continued to work the room.