Monday, September 26, 2011

2011 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala was All the Raj

Tori Gonzales, Anna-Sophia Van Zweden & Courtney Kerr
The 2011 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala was a glamorous black-tie event that took place in the illustrious Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on September 17, 2011.

Most of my classical music experience comes from watching years and years of Bug Bunny, Porky the Pig and Daffy Duck cartoons - like the Rabbit of Seville. So I was not familiar with Joshua Bell, the headliner for this year's event.

Apparently, he's an award-winning violinist who gained worldwide acclaim for his featured performance on the Red Violin movie soundtrack and as one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful”.   I heard his performance was fantastic and very emotionally moving.

Me and Lucy Wrubel
I wouldn't know, because I skipped the dinner and concert performance and only attended the after-party. My hot-to-trot date for the evening was Most Eligible Dallas star, Courtney Kerr. We joined up with 2 of her friends for dinner at Dragonfly and had some champagne before heading over to the Meyerson.

When we walked in,  DJ Lucy Wrubel already had the crowd on the dance floor. And in typical Lucy fashion, she was jumping up and down on a mini-trampoline - you know the kind your Jazzercise instructor would use - in a floor-length gown. This is why I love her. She's CRAZY!

 Event Co-Chair Barbara Daseke has chosen an Asian-inspired theme utilizing bright, vibrant colors in oranges, pinks and greens.  Silk and velvet fabrics and suzani prints were displayed on throw pillows, curtains, and tablecloths.  Romantic Moroccan-style low sofas and ornamented tents were scattered throughout the Meyerson Symphony Center giving it an exotic feel.

With Lucy on the turn-table, Courtney and I boogied the night away.  Here's a little bit of what you missed:

Joining us for the dance debauchery were Fox 4 beauties Fiona Gorostiza, Lauren Prezbyl and Natalie Solis, jet-setting socialite and honorary after-party co-chair Anna-Sophia Von Zweden, Lisa Petty, Abby Gregory, Jessica Olsson (better known as Dirk Nowitski's girlfriend) and Jose Reyes.

Who'd have thunk that an organization like the Dallas Symphony Orchestra who's average attendee has blue-hair, would have known how to throw such a great party!?  I'm impressed.