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Beyond young professionals: Hot movers and shakers start a new Houston Symphony group

Beyond young professionals: Hot movers and shakers start a new Houston Symphony group

Houston Symphony Young Associates Council, September 2012, Brandon Cochran, Jason Arnoldy, Jason Volz
Brandon Cochran , Jason Arnoldy , Jason Volz Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston Symphony Young Associates Council, September 2012, Anthony Kitai, Brinton Averil Smith, Jeffrey Butler
Anthony Kitai , Brinton Averil Smith , Jeffrey Butler Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston Symphony Young Associates Council, September 2012, Lauren Tankersley, Andy Fullen
Lauren Tankersley , Andy Fullen Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston Symphony Young Associates Council, September 2012, Kristy Bradshaw, Lauren Richard, Ting Bresnahan, Sarah Cotting
Kristy Bradshaw , Lauren Richard , Ting Bresnahan , Sarah Cotting Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston Symphony Young Associates Council, September 2012, David Wuthrich, Viviana Denechaud, Danielle and Josh Batchelor
David Wuthrich , Viviana Denechaud , Danielle Batchelor , Josh Batchelor Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston Symphony Young Associates Council, September 2012, Brandon Cochran, Jason Arnoldy, Jason Volz
Houston Symphony Young Associates Council, September 2012, Anthony Kitai, Brinton Averil Smith, Jeffrey Butler
Houston Symphony Young Associates Council, September 2012, Lauren Tankersley, Andy Fullen
Houston Symphony Young Associates Council, September 2012, Kristy Bradshaw, Lauren Richard, Ting Bresnahan, Sarah Cotting
Houston Symphony Young Associates Council, September 2012, David Wuthrich, Viviana Denechaud, Danielle and Josh Batchelor

Young, successful and committed to the Houston Symphony — that's the criteria for joining the symphony's newest membership team, the Young Associates Council. More than 100 interested parties turned out for the group's launch to learn more.

As Lindley Arnoldy, one of the volunteers helping organize the new group, explained, the new entity "is a giving level group for those that have graduated beyond the young professional status. It's for individuals that want to be a part of the Houston Symphony at a giving level but aren't ready for the full-on time or financial commitment of the board."

The somewhat youthful (45 and under) movers and shakers gathered in the JPMorgan Chase Building Sky Lobby for the launch party

The basic Young Associates membership is $1,500 with the premium membership $2,500. The generous perks include Green Room access, year-round VIP ticketing, invitations to social events in private homes (typically reserved for major donors), the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to opening night, the symphony ball and more.

The somewhat youthful (45 and under) movers and shakers gathered in the JPMorgan Chase Building Sky Lobby for the launch party, spearheaded by council co-chairs Audrey and Brandon Cochran. Steering committee member Katie Flaherty addressed the group as did Symphony CEO Mark Hanson. Featured entertainment were the "Bad Boys of Cello," a trio of spirited symphony musicians.

Eager symphony supporters included Jason Arnoldy, Ting Bresnahan, Jason Volz, Kristy Bradshaw, Christina Hanson, Viviana and David Denechaud, David Wuthrich and Melissa McCrimmon and Houston Symphony musicians Eric Larson, Tony Prisk and Adam Dinitz.