Houston Symphony: 2018 Ball:

The Balinese Room  

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Miles Smith, Robin Angly, Darrin Davis, Mario Gudmundsson; Photo by Jenny Antill (2)
Miles Smith, Robin Angly, Darrin Davis, Mario Gudmundsson; Photo by Jenny Antill (2)

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Ann Ayre, Helen Shaffer; Photo by Jenny Antill
Ann Ayre, Helen Shaffer; Photo by Jenny Antill

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Virginia Clark, Barbara Burger, Janet Clark; Photo by Jenny Antill
Virginia Clark, Barbara Burger, Janet Clark; Photo by Jenny Antill

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Miles Smith, Robin Angly, Darrin Davis, Mario Gudmundsson; Photo by Jenny Antill (2)
Miles Smith, Robin Angly, Darrin Davis, Mario Gudmundsson; Photo by Jenny Antill (2)

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Miles Smith, Robin Angly, Darrin Davis, Mario Gudmundsson; Photo by Jenny Antill (2)
Miles Smith, Robin Angly, Darrin Davis, Mario Gudmundsson; Photo by Jenny Antill (2)
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Bill Baldwin and Fady Armanious; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Bill Baldwin and Fady Armanious; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
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Pat Mitchell, Heather Crowder, Claudia Kreisle, Sonya Reed
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Dick and Susan Hansen, Vicki West and Ralph Burch; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Dick and Susan Hansen, Vicki West and Ralph Burch; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
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Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin at the Houston Symphony Ball; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin at the Houston Symphony Ball; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
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Houston Symphony Ball; Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston Symphony Ball; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Ishwaria and Vivek Subbiah, Darrin David, Amanda Dintz; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Ishwaria and Vivek Subbiah, Darrin David, Amanda Dintz; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
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Emily Schreiber, Jane and Frank Yonish; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Emily Schreiber, Jane and Frank Yonish; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
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Gary Hollingsworth, Mariglyn and Stephen Glenn, Ron Glenn; Photo by Jenny Antill
Gary Hollingsworth, Mariglyn and Stephen Glenn, Ron Glenn; Photo by Jenny Antill
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DJ Kalkutta, David Caceres; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
DJ Kalkutta, David Caceres; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
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Ann Ayre, Helen Shaffer; Photo by Jenny Antill
Ann Ayre, Helen Shaffer; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Bill and Courtney Toomey, John Mangum; Photo by Jenny Antill
Bill and Courtney Toomey, John Mangum; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Beth Wolff; Photo by Jenny Antill
Beth Wolff; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Betty and Jesse Tutor; Photo by Jenny Antill
Betty and Jesse Tutor; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Astley and Alex Blair; Photo by Jenny Antill
Astley and Alex Blair; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Balinese Dancers; Photo by Jenny Antill (2)
Balinese Dancers; Photo by Jenny Antill (2)
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Bobby and Phoebe Tudor; Photo by Jenny Antill
Bobby and Phoebe Tudor; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Brinton Averil Smith, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Evelyn Chen; Photo by Jenny Antill
Brinton Averil Smith, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Evelyn Chen; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Chris and Divya Brown, Gina and Devinder Bhatia; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Chris and Divya Brown, Gina and Devinder Bhatia; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
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Christine Falgout, Bill Gutknecht; Photo by Jenny Antill
Christine Falgout, Bill Gutknecht; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Cheryl Byington, Marueen Higdon; Photo by Jenny Antill
Cheryl Byington, Marueen Higdon; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Carolyn & Michael Mann; Photo by Anthony Rathbun
Carolyn & Michael Mann; Photo by Anthony Rathbun
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David and Claudia Hatcher; Photo by Jenny Antill
David and Claudia Hatcher; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Chris and Divya Brown, Gina and Devinder Bhatia; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Chris and Divya Brown, Gina and Devinder Bhatia; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
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Dr. Renu Khator, Aurelie Desmarais; Photo by Jenny Antill
Dr. Renu Khator, Aurelie Desmarais; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Edward and Rini Ziegler; Photo by Jenny Antill
Edward and Rini Ziegler; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Hallie Vanderhider; Photo by Jenny Antill
Hallie Vanderhider; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Jana and Scotty Arnoldy; Photo by Daniel Ortiz
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Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Jennifer & Josh Gravenor; Photo by Anthony Rathbun
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On Saturday, May 12, 2018, the Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston provided the sumptuous setting for the Houston Symphony’s 2018 Ball: The Balinese Room. The event, which raised over $1.33 million for Houston Symphony’s education and community programming, was chaired by Robin Angly and Miles Smith. Darrin Davis and Mario Gudmundsson served as co-chairs, and Ann Ayre and Helen Shaffer were the auction chairs. Phillips 66 was the presenting sponsor. The evening’s honorees were Aurelie Desmarais, who received the Mike Stude Award for Enduring Artistic Vision, and Dr. Renu Khator, who received the Raphael Fliegel Award for Visionary Leadership.

 

The Balinese Room reigned supreme in Galveston during the 1940s and 1950s. Guests were given a taste of what the famous nightclub would have been like the moment they arrived at the Post Oak Hotel when they were greeted by Bali fire dancers. Entering the venue, they found it transformed by Richard Flowers of the Events Company to reflect the Balinese Room’s heyday. Murals inspired by the Faena Hotel in Miami covered the ballroom walls, which were draped in tropical green firecracker curtains. Centerpieces of palm trees and orchids and other tropical flower arrangements adorned the tables.

 

While enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the more than 530 black-tie clad guests bid on one-of-a-kind silent auction items. Coveted packages included a trip for two to Paris for a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the Van Cleef & Arpels workshop and prized seats in the L’Ecole classroom, a one-week stay at Grey Mansion in the Hampton’s, a world-class trip for four to the Hawkeye Hunting Club in the Texas Piney Woods, a private champagne tasting and couture shopping experience at Dior, Bulgari Mediterranean Eden Intarsio pendant earrings in 18-karat rose gold, and a twelve-course meat spread with wine pairings at B&B Butchers & Restaurant.

 

Dinner, prepared by Executive Chef Jean-Luc Royere, reflected the Balinese Room’s original menu. It began with an endive and arugula medley confit of pear and candied pecans with champagne vinaigrette, which was followed by herb-roasted beef tenderloin and gulf shrimp with potatoes dauphinoise, green beans, carrots, and a selection of breads. For dessert, guests enjoyed piña colada coconut mousse and roasted pineapple and coconut dacquoise. Accompanying the meal were special wines selected by Lindy and John Rydman and Lisa Rydman of Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods. Musical accompaniment for the splendid meal was provided by the David Caceres Orchestra.

 

After dinner, the infectious beats of DJ Kalkutta got the crowd off their feet and onto the dance floor for the after-party. Partygoers sipped velvet hammers, a signature drink at the Balinese Room, and snacked on late-night bites, including grilled cheese quarters, chicken and waffles, southwest eggrolls, and sliders. 

Guests: Margaret Alkek Williams, Betty and Jesse Tutor, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Farida Abjani, Diane Lokey Farb, Lindy and John Rydman, Mary Lynn and Steve Marks, Ralph Burch, Maureen Higdon, Barbara and Pat McCelvey, Ishwaria and Vivek Subbiah, Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, Joanne King Herring, Alex and Astley Blair, Tatiana and Guillermo Sierra, and Susan and Ed Osterberg.

 

About Houston Symphony

Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony has played a central role in Houston’s cultural and civic life for more than 100 years and is now one of America's oldest performing arts organizations. Today, the Houston Symphony’s 87 musicians perform approximately 170 concerts annually, making it the largest performing arts organization in Houston. The season, which starts in September and runs through May, includes 18 classical concerts, 9 BBVA Compass POPS concerts, 4 family concerts, and a number of Symphony Specials. The Symphony also offers a Sugar Land Series at Sugar Land Baptist Church and often performs in The Woodlands at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Its mission is to inspire and engage a large and diverse audience in Greater Houston and beyond through exceptional orchestral and non-orchestral performances, educational programs, and community activities.