Surrounded by a collection of Samurai art inside the Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Anna-Sophia van Zweden told a crowd of 70 on June 5 that she would return for the fourth straight year to chair the after-party following the Dallas Symphony Orchestra AT&T Gala.
“This year will be even more amazing than ever,” said Anna-Sophia, the daughter of DSO Music Director Jaap van Zweden. Once again Lucy Wrubel will spin the tunes for the after-party, she said, and Anna-Sophia’s friend Capera Ryan has agreed to serve as the event’s honorary chair. The 2013 DSO AT&T Gala and after-party will be held September 28 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The gala’s highlight will be a performance by the Grammy Award-winning soprano, Renee Fleming, with Jaap van Zweden.
Hosted by Jose Reyes, the June 5 gathering in the museum above the Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar also included brief talks by the DSO’s Nick Weege—he said the Vivaldi Patron Circle, the orchestra’s young professionals group, had grown 25 percent in the last year—and Anne Stodghill. Anne, who’s chairing the AT&T Gala with her husband Steve, who was in Los Angeles for an American Film Institute event, said they’re still working on “design concepts” for the big ball.
Besides the opportunity to view the fascinating collection of Samurai armor assembled over 25 years by Anne and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, the June 5 event also featured the performance of a short, two-movement piece with a Japanese theme by Jeff Hood, a cellist with the DSO.