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Symphony patrons eat, drink and are very merry at black-tie wine dinner on stage

Symphony patrons eat, drink and are merry at black-tie wine dinner

symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Billy McCartney, Christie McCartney, Viviana Denechaud, David Denechaud
Symphony Wine Dinner chairs Billy and Christie McCartney and Viviana and David Denechaud. Photo by Jenny Antill
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Andy Dillon, Leisa Dillon, Caroline Brown, Will Brown
Andy Dillon, Leisa Dillon, Caroline Brown, Will Brown. Photo by Killy
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, dinner on stage
Dining on stage at Jones Hall. Photo by Jenny Antill
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016,  Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor
Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor. Photo by Jenny Antill
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Joella Mach, Steve Mach
Joella Mach, Steve Mach. Photo by Jenny Antill
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Bob Weiner
Wine chairman Bob Weiner. Photo by Jenny Antill
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, decor
Decor by Todd Events incorporated exotic tulips. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Dr. John Mendelsohn, Anne Mendelsohn, Christina Hanson, Mark Hanson
 Dr. John Mendelsohn, Anne Mendelsohn, Christina Hanson, Mark Hanson. Photo by Killy
Symphony Wine Dinner, Jim Martin, Denise Monteleone, Scotty Arnoldy
Jim Martin, Denise Monteleone, Scotty Arnoldy. Photo by Jenny Antill
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Brian Thomas, Candace Thomas
Brian Thomas, Candace Thomas. Photo by Killy
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Matt Porter Olivia Porter
Olivia Porter, Matt Porter.  Photo by Killy
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, John Kelsey, Jane DePaolo, Susan Hansen, Dick Hansen
John Kelsey, Jane DePaolo, Susan Hansen, Dick Hansen. Photo by Killy
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Chelsea Pacey, Leslie Pitts
Chelsea Pacey, Leslie Pitts. Photo by Killy
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Kendall Kessel, Monica Simon, Denise Furlow
Kendall Kessel, Monica Simon, Denise Furlow. Photo by Killy
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Cyrus Irani, Lillian Irani
Cyrus Irani, Lillian Irani. Photo by Killy
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016,  David Wuthrich, Tara Wuthrich
David Wuthrich, Tara Wuthrich. Photo by Jenny Antill
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Harry Mach, Cora Sue Mach
Harry Mach, Cora Sue Mach. Photo by Jenny Antill
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Josh Batchelor, Daniell Batchlor, Erin Otness, Eric Otness
Josh Batchelor, Daniell Batchlor, Erin Otness, Eric Otness. Photo by Jenny Antill
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Alex Blair, Astley Blair
Alex Blair, Astley Blair. Photo by Killy
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Jim Shaffer, Jill Kirk, Helen Shaffer, Ray Kirk
Jim Shaffer, Jill Kirk, Helen Shaffer, Ray Kirk. Photo by Killy
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Ting Bresnahan, John Bresnahan
Ting Bresnahan, John Bresnahan. Photo by Jenny Antill
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Ryan Loving, Lady Ann Loving, Erin Verducci, Frank Verducci
Ryan Loving, Lady Ann Loving, Erin Verducci, Frank Verducci. Photo by Killy
symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Billy McCartney, Christie McCartney, Viviana Denechaud, David Denechaud
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Andy Dillon, Leisa Dillon, Caroline Brown, Will Brown
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, dinner on stage
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016,  Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Joella Mach, Steve Mach
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Bob Weiner
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, decor
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Dr. John Mendelsohn, Anne Mendelsohn, Christina Hanson, Mark Hanson
Symphony Wine Dinner, Jim Martin, Denise Monteleone, Scotty Arnoldy
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Brian Thomas, Candace Thomas
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Matt Porter Olivia Porter
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, John Kelsey, Jane DePaolo, Susan Hansen, Dick Hansen
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Chelsea Pacey, Leslie Pitts
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Kendall Kessel, Monica Simon, Denise Furlow
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Cyrus Irani, Lillian Irani
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016,  David Wuthrich, Tara Wuthrich
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Harry Mach, Cora Sue Mach
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Josh Batchelor, Daniell Batchlor, Erin Otness, Eric Otness
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Alex Blair, Astley Blair
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Jim Shaffer, Jill Kirk, Helen Shaffer, Ray Kirk
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Ting Bresnahan, John Bresnahan
Symphony Wine Dinner, April 2016, Ryan Loving, Lady Ann Loving, Erin Verducci, Frank Verducci

What a deliciously spoiled black-tie bunch it was that sat down for dinner on the stage of Jones Hall on Friday night. Who wouldn't be spoiled with a 90-minute cocktail hour to be followed by a lavish dinner paired with fine wines?

Such was the divine luck of Houston Symphony patrons. After the cocktail hour perusing wine lots, guest moved to the stage to be seated amid a splenderous Todd Events decor including gloriousa lilies and orchids while staff from Jackson and Co. served one of the best gala meals in recent memory. The fundraiser was titled "An Evening in the Southern Hemisphere," which inspired not only the menu but also the wines which came from Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand and Chile via Spec's Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods.

Applause, applause for Viviana and David Denechaud and Christie and Billy McCartney who chaired the 15th annual Wine Dinner that enjoyed a record turnout of more than 400 guests and proceeds of more than $550,000. (Previously known as the Maestro's Wine Dinner in honor of wine connoisseur and former maestro Hans Graf, the name was wisely changed with the arrival of chief conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, who does not consume alcohol.)

The evening benefited the Symphony's education and community programming which this year will reach 65,000 students. While there was no designated honoree, praise was heaped on Cora Sue Mach, who was recognized for her efforts in growing the program. It was a nice touch for family members at the table that included her husband, Harry Mach, and their son Steve Mach, Houston Symphony Society president, and his wife, Joella.

Contributing to Symphony coffers were symphony society chairman Bobby Tudor and wife Phoebe, Houston Symphony League president Betty Tutor and Jesse Tutor, collector's auction chairman Bob Weiner, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Tara and David Wuthrich, Robert Sakowitz, Franelle Rogers, Courtney and Bill Toomey, Linda and Gene Dewhurst, Elise Glattier-Hollingsworth, and Helen and Jim Shaffer.