April In Paris

It's April in Paris at Da Camera gala with French fare, music and ooh-la-la decor

It's April in Paris at Da Camera gala with French fare, music, decor

Da Camera Gala 2015 Allison and Benjamin Durig, David and Emily Reeves
Benjamin and Allison Durig, left, with Emily and David Reeves. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 David and Claudia Hatcher
David and Claudia Hatcher, honoree. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 Sarah Rothenberg and Mark Hanson
Sarah Rothenberg and Mark Hanson. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 Heidi and David Gerger
Co-chairs Heidi and David Gerger. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 Chris Johns-Krull and Page Kempner
Co-chair Page Kempner and Chris Johns-Krull. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 Matt and Cat Hennessy
Matt and Cat Hennessy. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 John Sievers, Caroline Farish, Jenniver Spivack, Andrew Thorington
John Sievers, from left, Caroline Farish, Jennifer Spivack and Andrew Thorington. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 Marvy and Elaine Finger
Marvy and Elaine Finger. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 Jacquelyn and Collin Cox
Jacquelyn and Collin Cox. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 Nancy and Walt Bratic
Nancy and Walt Bratic. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 Craig and Lucy Young
Craig and Lucy Young. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 Chinhui and Eddie Allen
Chinhui and Eddie Allen. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 Bob and Nancy Piese, Robins Angly and Miles Smith
Bob and Nancy Pieser, left, with Robin Angly and Miles Smith. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 Nicholas Phan and Franci Neely
Nicholas Phan and Franci Neely. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 Susan and Richard Ashcroft
Susan and Richard Ashcroft. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 tables at The Corinthian
Da Camera Gala at The Corinthian. Photo by Kim Coffman
Da Camera Gala 2015 Allison and Benjamin Durig, David and Emily Reeves
Da Camera Gala 2015 David and Claudia Hatcher
Da Camera Gala 2015 Sarah Rothenberg and Mark Hanson
Da Camera Gala 2015 Heidi and David Gerger
Da Camera Gala 2015 Chris Johns-Krull and Page Kempner
Da Camera Gala 2015 Matt and Cat Hennessy
Da Camera Gala 2015 John Sievers, Caroline Farish, Jenniver Spivack, Andrew Thorington
Da Camera Gala 2015 Marvy and Elaine Finger
Da Camera Gala 2015 Jacquelyn and Collin Cox
Da Camera Gala 2015 Nancy and Walt Bratic
Da Camera Gala 2015 Craig and Lucy Young
Da Camera Gala 2015 Chinhui and Eddie Allen
Da Camera Gala 2015 Bob and Nancy Piese, Robins Angly and Miles Smith
Da Camera Gala 2015 Nicholas Phan and Franci Neely
Da Camera Gala 2015 Susan and Richard Ashcroft
Da Camera Gala 2015 tables at The Corinthian

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.