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Chad Pitt and Lauren, Astronaut, CBS Radio's Liz Arreola and Victor Guajardo at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Chad Pitt, from left, Lauren Finkelstein, astronaut character, Liz Arreola and Victor Guajardo at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Party-goers having fun in the photo booth at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Party-goers having fun in the photo booth at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Andrés Orozco-Estrada greeting party at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, left, greeting guests at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Valerie Richmond and Raymond Fuenzalida at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Valerie Richmond and Raymond Fuenzalida at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Tanner and Cristina Bailey at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Tanner and Cristina Bailey at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Pierce Bush and Kathryn Tomberlin at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Pierce Bush and Kathryn Tomberlin at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Nicole Neal and Jose Ortiz at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Nicole Neal and Jose Ortiz at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Nathaniel Richards, left, and Mark Hanson at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Nathaniel Richards, left, and Mark Hanson at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Laura and William Black at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Laura and William Black at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Katie Flaherty, left, and Christa Nichols at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Katie Flaherty, left, and Christa Nichols at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Mark Hanson, from left, Duncan Copp and Andrés Orozco-Estrada at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Mark Hanson, from left, Duncan Copp and Andrés Orozco-Estrada at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Jeff Gilmer, from left, Kiju Joh, Melissa Seuffert and Kevin Gilbert at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Jeff Gilmer, from left, Kiju Joh, Melissa Seuffert and Kevin Gilbert at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Jason and Lindley Arnoldy at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Jason and Lindley Arnoldy at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston Symphony Musicians Rebecca Powell Garfield at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Flutist Rebecca Powell Garfield, right, and violinist Kiju Joh at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Fernando Castaldi and Carol Tai at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Fernando Castaldi and Carol Tai at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Daniel Barker, from left, Hannah Burris, Sarish Agha and David George at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Daniel Barker, from left, Hannah Burris, Sarish Agha and David George at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Cay and Glenn Taylor at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Cay and Glenn Taylor at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Katie Chachere, Elva Franco, Blaire Marshall, Brittany King, Kristin Kruse at the Young Professionals Backstage party
Katie Chachere, from left, Elva Franco, Blaire Marshall, Brittany King and Kristin Kruse at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
DJ Reflection Shot at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
The D.J.'s reflection in the window at the Young Professionals Backstage party. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Chad Pitt and Lauren, Astronaut, CBS Radio's Liz Arreola and Victor Guajardo at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Party-goers having fun in the photo booth at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Andrés Orozco-Estrada greeting party at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Valerie Richmond and Raymond Fuenzalida at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Tanner and Cristina Bailey at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Pierce Bush and Kathryn Tomberlin at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Nicole Neal and Jose Ortiz at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Nathaniel Richards, left, and Mark Hanson at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Laura and William Black at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Katie Flaherty, left, and Christa Nichols at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Mark Hanson, from left, Duncan Copp and Andrés Orozco-Estrada at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Jeff Gilmer, from left, Kiju Joh, Melissa Seuffert and Kevin Gilbert at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Jason and Lindley Arnoldy at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Houston Symphony Musicians Rebecca Powell Garfield at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Fernando Castaldi and Carol Tai at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Daniel Barker, from left, Hannah Burris, Sarish Agha and David George at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Cay and Glenn Taylor at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014
Katie Chachere, Elva Franco, Blaire Marshall, Brittany King, Kristin Kruse at the Young Professionals Backstage party
DJ Reflection Shot at the Young Professionals Backstage party January 2014

How can one turn down a back-to-back cosmic double feature? And we aren't talking about cheap sci-fi movies, folks.

When the Houston Symphony paired both of its HD Odyssey multimedia spectacles in a single concert, 250 young professionals headed to the Jones Hall box office for a night of galactic travel through iconic music scores and striking images followed by a party with the creative minds that made this all happen.

Houston Symphony's Young Professionals Backstage and Young Associates Council members experienced The Planets and The Earth, projects in collaboration with filmmaker Duncan Copp, with music director designate Andrés Orozco-Estrada on the podium. Above the 87-piece ensemble was a huge screen in which NASA's missions to earth and the solar system weaved seamlessly with John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra and Gustav Holst's The Planets.

 CEO Mark Hanson's remarks launched a social that included telescopes operated by local astronomers and trivia games with prizes.

After curtain call, the evening continued in the Houston Club, where symphony CEO Mark Hanson's remarks launched a social that included telescopes operated by local astronomers, themed trivia games with prizes, a photo booth, dancing and tunes spun by DJ Squincy Jones.

Grilled cheese and reuben sandwiches and four open bars stocked courtesy of Izkali Tequila, Vision Vodka, Famous Grouse Whiskey and Brugal Dry Rum did their part to infuse high-octane fuel into the artsy assemblage.

The who's who in the crowd included Lindley and Jason Arnoldy, Pierce Bush, Katie Flaherty, Brooke and Nathaniel Richards, Carol Tai, Cristina and Tanner Bailey, KHMX personalities Chad Pitt and Lauren Finkelstein, CBS Radio's Victor Guajardo, Katie Chachere, Kristin Kruse, Edward Heap, Lindsay Canning and the symphony's chief marketing officer Glenn Taylor.

No YPB event is complete without a handful of the musicians. You can always count on virtuosos such as oboist Adam Dinitz, double bassist Eric Larson, flutist Rebecca Powell Garfield and violinists Kiju Joh and Sergei Galperin to feel right at home hobnobbing with their fans.

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