The official theme of this year's Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala was "ilunabarra," which is Basque for "sunset," but the sartorial theme might as well have been "midnight." Sapphire-blue gowns dominated among the attendees, who packed the Meyerson Symphony Center to enjoy a concert from special guest Joshua Bell before partying long into the night.
The Grammy-winning celebrity violinist joined conductor Christian Reif for Brahms' Violin Concerto in D Major, after the orchestra opened with Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3.
Gala chairs Barbara and Don Daseke joined DSO president and CEO Kim Noltemy and chairman of the DSO board of governors Sanjiv Yajnik in welcoming the crowd, which included Kara and Randall Goss, Kim and Greg Hext, Dallas Opera general director and CEO Ian Derrer, classical music critic Scott Cantrell, Allison Brodnax, Francine and Adam Gersting, underwriting chair Nancy Bierman, Lisa and Bob Segert, and Carole and Scott Murray.
In addition to support with the event, honorary chairs Kathryn and Craig Hall kept glasses full with bottle after bottle of their Hall Wines.
After-party chairs Kasie and Axel Ricart made sure the fun didn't stop once the concert was over, spreading out the celebration over two floors. New this year was a VIP experience in the East Loge, which granted guests access to a private bar, hand massages and gift boxes from The Ritz-Carlton spa, and luxurious swag bags filled with products from Aesop, Diptyque, Mont Blanc, Tom & Sheri's Iron in a Bottle, and even a coveted NorthPark 2020 valet pass.
Nitrogen ice cream was being mixed onsite to accompany apple tart cups, and lemony specialty cocktails were passed among the glamorous crowd.
Downstairs, sumptuous sweets tables and colorful seating areas dominated one part of the lobby, while Elevation by Emerald City Band got folks up and dancing at the other. A 3-D photo opp with a giant violin was never without a line of pretty people ready to pose.
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.