What: Da Camera of Houston "April in Paris" gala.
Where: The Corinthian.
The 411: It was music, music, music throughout the night as the black-tie crowd of 300 savored the sounds of chanteuse Danielle Reich and her trio, a performance by three of Da Camera's Young Artists (mezzo-soprano Teresa Procter, baritone Elliott Hines and violinist Jackson Guillen) and Da Camera general and artistic director Sarah Rothenberg's turn at the piano. Add to that a performance of "April in Paris" and "I Love Paris in the Springtime" by jazz pianist Jose-Miguel Yamal. The latter was a surprise for honoree Claudia Hatcher, dressed in Parisian grandeur in a couture gown by Dior.
Page Kempner and Heidi and David Gerger chaired the gala that featured a French-inspired meal (think boeuf en croute and crepes Suzette a l'orange) from the kitchen of Jackson and Co.
Further transporting guests to Paris is the springtime was the ebullient decor by Bergner & Johnson — profusions of overhead cherry blossoms with twinkling lights, a cast-stone fountain surrounded by boxwood and flowers galore.
Who: Da Camera board president Chinhui Allen and Eddie Allen, president-elect Nathalie Roff and Charles Roff, silent auction chair Cat Baen, Matt Hennessy, David Hatcher, Sissy and Denny Kempner, Caroline Farish and John Sievers, Sandy Parkerson, Mimi Kilgore, Elaine and Marvy Finger and Robin Angly and Miles Smith.