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Young Houston socialite couples score record-breaking musical gala

Young Houston socialite couples score record-breaking musical gala

Gabriel Loperena, Sara Loperena, Dr. Rachel Ellsworth, Dr. Warren Ellsworth IV
Gala chairs Gabriel Loperena, Sara Loperena, Dr. Rachel Ellsworth an Dr. Warren Ellsworth IV. Photo by Pin Lim
Liam Bonner, Meredith Bonner
Liam and Meredith Bonner. Photo by Pin Lim
Guillermo Sierra, Tatiana Galitzine
Guillermo Sierra and Tatiana Galitzine.  Photo by Pin Lim
nthony Danzey, Elia Gabbanelli, Claudia Rodriguez, Mel Montane
Anthony Danzey, Elia Gabbanelli, Claudia Rodriguez and Mel Montane.  Photo by Pin Lim
Anna Dean, Connie Kwan-Wong, Farida Abjani
Anna Dean, Connie Kwan-Wong, and Farid Abjani. Photo by Pin Lim
Rhonda and Donald Sweeney (Gala Honorees)
Gala honorees Donald and Rhonda Sweeney.  Photo by Pin Lim
Gabriel Loperena, Sara Loperena, Dr. Rachel Ellsworth, Dr. Warren Ellsworth IV
Liam Bonner, Meredith Bonner
Guillermo Sierra, Tatiana Galitzine
nthony Danzey, Elia Gabbanelli, Claudia Rodriguez, Mel Montane
Anna Dean, Connie Kwan-Wong, Farida Abjani
Rhonda and Donald Sweeney (Gala Honorees)

What: Ars Lyrica Houston’s A Roman Feast Gala  

Where: The Esperson Building 

The scoop: Ars Lyrica Houston’s A Roman Feast Gala, Honoring Rhonda and Donald Sweeney chaired by Drs. Rachel and Warren Ellsworth IV, and Sarah and Gabriel Loperena took place at the historic Esperson building in downtown Houston. The event raised funds for the organization’s first fully-staged Baroque opera, Handel’s Agrippina, to be produced November 2018. The evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the contemporary Rusk Lobby, filled with fragrant lavender, ferns and Romanesque décor with live harp music.

An intimate concert of Handel arias followed, performed by acclaimed countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Artistic Director Matthew Dirst on harpsichord, and violinist Alan Austin in the Esperson Neils Lobby. Guests then enjoyed a grand feast on theme and ended with an Italian disco after party in the transformed Neils Lobby complete with dancing, drinks, light bites, and craft beer sponsored by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.


Who: Michelle Stair and Carlos Sierra, Robin Angly and Miles Smith, Darrin Davis and Mario Gudmundsson, Stephanie Von Stein and Dr. Mark Schusterman, Tatiana Galitzine and Guillermo Sierra, Perryn Leech, Sixto Wagan, Andrew Davis and Corey Yu, Lauren and Brandon Abel, Emily Schreiber, Jano and John Kelley, Liam and Meredith Bonner, Carrie and Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl, Bradley Moore, Anna Kaplan, Trey and Katherine Brady, Dougal and Cathy Cameron, Jennifer Blanco, John Earles, Ed and Marianne Grusnis, and Judy Nyquist.