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Young professionals celebrate masquerade style at Symphony after-party

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Houston Symphony YP party, Kin Man, Mariana Caldas, Andrea Diaz, Karen Barrios, Besart Dibra
Kin Man, from left, Mariana Caldas, Andrea Diaz, Karen Barrios and Besart Dibra. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Johannes Moser, Lauren Finkelstein, Chad Pitt
Johannes Moser, from left, Lauren Finkelstein and Chad Pitt. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Katie Chachere, Brittany King
Katie Chachere, left, and Brittany King. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
houston Symphony YP party, Connor Malaugh, Mara McCoy
Connor Malaugh and Mara McCoy. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Kathryn Wene, Kristen Bennett
Kathryn Wene, left, and Kristen Bennett. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Rebecca Garfield, Kiju Joh
Rebecca Garfield, left, and Kiju Joh. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Jordan McPhail, Mark Agerton, Jenny Dill
Jordan McPhail, from left, Mark Agerton and Jenny Dill. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Laura Theis, Emily Mitchell, Fabiola Cespedes, Vivian Pesantes
Laura Theis, from left, Emily Mitchell, Fabiola Cespedes and Vivian Pesantes. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Rain Heard, Matt Pierce, Adam Yock, Tiberius Szucs and Dr. Christine Le
Rain Heard, from left, Matt Pierce, Adam Yock, Tiberius Szucs and Dr. Christine Le. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Phat Piron, Camila Montealegre, Juan Caro
Phat Piron, from left, Camila Montealegre and Juan Caro. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Phat Piron, Dao Nguyen
Phat Piron, left, and Dao Nguyen. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Price Stevens, Samuel Moreno
Price Stevens and Samuel Moreno. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Victor Guahardo, Lauren Finkelstein, Chad Pitt, Julie Murillas r
Victor Guahardo, from left, Lauren Finkelstein, Chad Pitt and Julie Murillas. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Rodrigo Lopez, Jaqueline Hensler, Karen Barrios, Christian Moncada
Rodrigo Lopez, from left, Jaqueline Hensler, Karen Barrios and Christian Moncada. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Svetlana Stytsenko, Johannes Moser
Svetlana Stytsenko and Johannes Moser. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Amanda Hembree-Morton
Amanda Hembree-Morton. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party
Houston Symphony young professionals at Masquerade party. Photo © Killy Chaves/CatchLight Group
Houston Symphony YP party, Kin Man, Mariana Caldas, Andrea Diaz, Karen Barrios, Besart Dibra
Houston Symphony YP party, Johannes Moser, Lauren Finkelstein, Chad Pitt
Houston Symphony YP party, Katie Chachere, Brittany King
houston Symphony YP party, Connor Malaugh, Mara McCoy
Houston Symphony YP party, Kathryn Wene, Kristen Bennett
Houston Symphony YP party, Rebecca Garfield, Kiju Joh
Houston Symphony YP party, Jordan McPhail, Mark Agerton, Jenny Dill
Houston Symphony YP party, Laura Theis, Emily Mitchell, Fabiola Cespedes, Vivian Pesantes
Houston Symphony YP party, Rain Heard, Matt Pierce, Adam Yock, Tiberius Szucs and Dr. Christine Le
Houston Symphony YP party, Phat Piron, Camila Montealegre, Juan Caro
Houston Symphony YP party, Phat Piron, Dao Nguyen
Houston Symphony YP party, Price Stevens, Samuel Moreno
Houston Symphony YP party, Victor Guahardo, Lauren Finkelstein, Chad Pitt, Julie Murillas r
Houston Symphony YP party, Rodrigo Lopez, Jaqueline Hensler, Karen Barrios, Christian Moncada
Houston Symphony YP party, Svetlana Stytsenko, Johannes Moser
Houston Symphony YP party, Amanda Hembree-Morton
Houston Symphony YP party

What: Houston Symphony Young Professionals Backstage's "Star-crossed Masquerade: Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet Concert + After Party."

Where: Jones Hall and The State Bar and Lounge.

The 411: The return of the longest-running Houston Symphony music director was reason enough for a throng of 200 rising philanthropists to partake in the ensemble's Young Professionals Backstage season finale concert plus social. Hans Graf, joined by cello virtuoso Johannes Moser, led a Russian-inspired playbill that included Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet (thus the masquerade theme) and Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 3. Moser's take on the taxing showpiece earned wows from the audience, which were acknowledged with an intimate encore selection — Bach's Sarabande from the cello Suite No. 1 in G major.

Masks were the accouterment du jour for the afterparty at The State Bar and Lounge, where scenes from Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet were projected onto a large screen. Surely roused by Happy Dagger and Poison Vile cocktails, some YPs elected to have their disguise a tad more permanent courtesy of a creative face painter. Mini pizzas and southwestern-style egg rolls added to the ambiance. 

The 34-year-old German-Canadian cellist made an appearance at the mixer, much to the delight of fans, Houston Symphony patrons and classical music buffs.

Who: Mix 96.5's Chad Pitt and Lauren Finkelstein, CBS Radio's Victor Guajardo, Katie Chachere, Brittany King, John Pagani, Amanda and Justin Morton, Phat Piron and Paul Pettie with Houston Symphony musicians, principal percussionist Matthew Strauss, principal oboist Jonathan Fischer, flutist Rebecca Powell Garfield and violinist Kiju Joh.

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