Phoebe and Bobby Tudor

Musical Marvel

Always a highly anticipated event, this year’s Symphony Opening Night marked the start of a social season celebrating the recovery of Houston’s art scene post-Harvey. The evening began with a concert featuring renowned pianist Yuja Wang, who mesmerized the crowd with her surprisingly powerful performance.

The petite and stylish musician threw her whole body into works by Rachmaninoff, and into a long piece, accompanied by the full symphony, the latter played with only her left hand. After the concert, 400 partygoers made their way to The Corinthian for dinner and dancing. The décor recalled black-and-white keys, and even the desserts were in the shape of tiny chocolate pianos, filled with delicious mousse.

The Royal Dukes Band got the black-tie-clad crowd on their feet, but only after a lucrative auction, which contributed to the evening’s till of $750,000, and included a Model M player piano signed by Wang herself. Jo Dee and Cliff Wright were the lucky recipients. Bravo, bravo!

  • Gustavo Gimeno and Yuja Wang
    Gustavo Gimeno and Yuja Wang
  • Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
    Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
  • The crowd at The Corinthian
    The crowd at The Corinthian
  • Betty and Jesse Tutor
    Betty and Jesse Tutor
  • Brian James, Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin
    Brian James, Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin
  • Anne and Albert Chao
    Anne and Albert Chao
  • The Houston Symphony performs.
    The Houston Symphony performs.
  • Cheryl Byington and Beth Wolff
    Cheryl Byington and Beth Wolff
  • Joanne King Herring 
and Beau King
    Joanne King Herring and Beau King
  • Ishwaria and Vivek Subbiah
    Ishwaria and Vivek Subbiah
  • David and Alie Pruner, and 
Alex and Daniel Gottschalk
    David and Alie Pruner, and Alex and Daniel Gottschalk
  • Yuja Wang and Jo Dee Wright
    Yuja Wang and Jo Dee Wright
  • Manolo and Daniela Sanchez, and Donna and Max Chapman
    Manolo and Daniela Sanchez, and Donna and Max Chapman
  • Margaret Alkek Williams and 
Bill and Courtney Toomey
    Margaret Alkek Williams and Bill and Courtney Toomey