Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala Co-Chairs Anne and Steve Stodghill just revealed all types of insider information about the evening’s plans.
First, the menu for the dinner. Start fasting now, because you want to make room for the feast. The evening will start off with the cocktail reception with roasted cardamom seared duck breast with huckleberry syrup, fire cracker salmon bites with fried basil and sesame seeds, blackened ahi tuna with melon slaw on wonton crisp, tender tips of asparagus with mission fig and brie in filo purse and baked beef wellington with chive mousseline.
Then, once guests are seated in the lobby decorated by Todd Fiscus, the antipasto plate will include thin sliced prosciutto and sopressata, provolone cheese and grilled tomato gratin, robust cannellini bean salad, fire roasted peppers, olives, capers, artichokes and anchovies, crisp romaine and yellow pepper dip with parmesan breadstick
The evening’s entrée will include osso buco alla Milanese, natural pan jus and citrus gremolata, cheesy fried risotto crisp, baby carrots and fine green beans and pearl onions
After this feast, the Meyerson chimes will call the guests to the McDermott Concert Hall for an evening of musical magic with Dallas Symphony Orchestra Maestro Jaap Van Zweden conducting the DSO and world-famous soprano Renêe Fleming. Selections will include: the overture to La Gazza Ladra, Chants d’Auvergne’s “Malurous qu’o uno fenno” and “Baïlèro,” Les Filles de Cadix’, intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, Adriana Lecouvreur’s “Lo Son L’umile Ancella,” Gianni Schicchi’s “O Mio Babbino Caro,” I Verpri Sciliani’s “Bolero,” Candide’s overture, South Pacific’s “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy, The Sound of Music’s “The Hills are Alive,” West Side Story’s “Somewhere” and “I Feel Pretty” and Boléro.
Following the concert, dessert will be served in addition to the After-Party chaired by Anna-Sophia van Zweden and Honorary After-Party Chair Capera Ryan. At this point in the evening, Lucy Wrubel will be in charge of the music.
BTW, if you read The Dallas Morning News‘s Scott Cantrell‘s Sunday interview with DSO President/CEO Jonathan Martin, you might have been a bit confused. According to the article,
“Jaap van Zweden, the orchestra’s high-intensity music director, will conduct the season-opening concerts Thursday through Sunday. The program comprises Hector Berlioz’s orchestral song cycle Les nuits d’étè (“Summer Nights”), with soprano Annalisa Stroppa, and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. He’ll also conduct classical programs Sept. 26-29, including the gala on the 27th, featuring superstar soprano Renée Fleming.”
According to DSO Communications Director Denise McGovern, the official gala is still on the 28th. Just didn’t want you and Renée showing up on the wrong date.