Patrick Summers, Louise Chapman and Jonas Kaufmann (photo by Shoocha Photography)

ONE OF OPERA'S most renowned performers — "the world's greatest tenor," per The Telegraph— headlined a concert event with Houston Grand Opera. The show, HGO's first live performance at the Wortham Theater Center since the Covid pandemic started early last year, was followed by a chic dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel nearby.

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In Covid Times, Symphony Reimagines Opening Night

Guests enjoy lovely, thoughtfully scaled-down performance, and home-delivered dinners.

As the Houston Symphony hit high notes at its Opening Night Celebration on Saturday night, it also raised a high bar — the scaled-down, socially distant and live-streamed event was lovely, and a Covid-era model for performing arts groups struggling to find their way through tough times. The memorable program was curated to highlight small groups of musicians on stage at a time, rather than the entire orchestra.

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Nearly 2,000 hip Houstonians — including Lynn Wyatt, Becca Cason Thrash, Houston Ballet and Houston Texans stars, and hometown hip-hopper Slim Thug — hit the C. Baldwin hotel for a first glimpse of the glam new common spaces, including Chris Cosentino's Rosalie restaurant and the lobby's Sloan/Hall boutique.

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