The Houston Symphony’s Opening Night Concert and Gala celebrated the 30th anniversary of ConocoPhillips’ support as the Opening Night Concert sponsor and Opening Night Gala lead corporate underwriter.
More than 590 guests attended both the Concert and Gala dinner on September 17, 2016—concert attendance totaled almost 1,900. The evening featured Oscar, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, GRAMMY and BAFTA Award-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley narrating Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, led the musicians of the Houston Symphony in a concert program that, in addition to Peter and the Wolf, also featured Rossini’s thrilling Overture to The Thieving Magpie and Richard Strauss’ extraordinary Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.
Following the performance, the black-tie partygoers continued the evening at The Corinthian for a spectacular seated dinner catered by Jackson and Company. In celebration of ConocoPhillips’ continued support, dessert plates were garnished with a chocolate “Oil Derrick.”
Afterwards, the Richard Brown Orchestra took the stage commencing the late night party that had guests dancing into the wee hours of the morning.
The event raised an excess of $730,000 for the Houston Symphony’s Education and Community Programming, making it the second most successful Opening Night Concert and Gala in the history of the event.