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Beautiful music, stunning mothers and daughters make for a magical black-tie party

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0218 Andrzej Grabiec, from left, Julia Engel and Franz Anton Krager at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Andrzej Grabiec, from left, Julia Engel and Franz Anton Krager. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
267 Thecla Harper, from left, Tara Wuthrich, Margaret Alkek Williams and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Thecla Harper, from left, Tara Wuthrich, Margaret Alkek Williams and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
0296 Mayor Annise Parker, left, and Kathy Hubbard at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Mayor Annise Parker, left, and Kathy Hubbard. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
9326 Philipp Sarofim, from left, Lori Krohn, Kelly Krohn, Susan Krohn and David Lee at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Philipp Sarofim, from left, Lori Krohn, Kelly Krohn, Susan Krohn and David Lee. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
179 Meherwan and Zarine Boyce at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Gala chairs Meherwan and Zarine Boyce. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
9554 Franco Valobra, left, and Maximo Valobra at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Franco Valobra, left, and Maximo Valobra. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
9398 Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
0237 Donna Vallone, from left, Peter Remington and Tony Vallone at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Donna Vallone, from left, Peter Remington and Tony Vallone. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
0123 Leisa Holland Nelson, left, and Laura Max Nelson at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Leisa Holland-Nelson, left, and Laura Max Nelson. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
9373 Reagan Eveleth, left, and Page Parks Eveleth at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Reagan Eveleth, left, and Page Parks Eveleth. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
0116 Jennifer Stern, from left, Susana Brener de Stern and Jessica Meyer at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014.jpg
Jennifer Stern, from left, Susana Brener de Stern and Jessica Meyer. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
9230 Gina Bhatia and Dr. Devinder Bhatia at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Gina Bhatia and Dr. Devinder Bhatia. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
9060 Marie Bosarge, left, and Suzanna McVey at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Marie Bosarge, left, and Suzanna McVey. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
9515 Sallymoon Benz and Dr. Alan Bentz at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Sallymoon Benz and Dr. Alan Bentz. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
9888 Dr. John Mendelsohn and Anne Mendelsohn at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
Dr. John Mendelsohn and Anne Mendelsohn. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
0218 Andrzej Grabiec, from left, Julia Engel and Franz Anton Krager at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
267 Thecla Harper, from left, Tara Wuthrich, Margaret Alkek Williams and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
0296 Mayor Annise Parker, left, and Kathy Hubbard at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
9326 Philipp Sarofim, from left, Lori Krohn, Kelly Krohn, Susan Krohn and David Lee at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
179 Meherwan and Zarine Boyce at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
9554 Franco Valobra, left, and Maximo Valobra at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
9398 Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
0237 Donna Vallone, from left, Peter Remington and Tony Vallone at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
0123 Leisa Holland Nelson, left, and Laura Max Nelson at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
9373 Reagan Eveleth, left, and Page Parks Eveleth at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
0116 Jennifer Stern, from left, Susana Brener de Stern and Jessica Meyer at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014.jpg
9230 Gina Bhatia and Dr. Devinder Bhatia at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
9060 Marie Bosarge, left, and Suzanna McVey at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
9515 Sallymoon Benz and Dr. Alan Bentz at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014
9888 Dr. John Mendelsohn and Anne Mendelsohn at the Virtuosi of Houston Gala May 2014

It was a brilliant idea to honor a select group of mothers and daughters at the Virtuosi of Houston gala, held the night before Mother's Day. Not only did the synergy between the nurturing of up and coming musicians and the rearing of family make for a beautiful evening at the Royal Sonesta Hotel but it also brought in a new audience for the non-profit.

Fourteen of H-Town's most sophisticated ladies and their daughters shared the spotlight with the 53 talented members of the youth orchestra, whose musical presentations would have challenged any professional group. Applause, applause for artistic directors and conductors Andrzej Grabiec and Franz Anton Krager.

Long-time Virtuosi supporters Zarine and Meherwan Boyce chaired the black-tie dinner concert that saluted Margaret Alkek Williams and Monzer Hourani as honorary chairs. They tapped KPRC Channel 2 news anchor Dominique Sachse and Houston magazine publisher Peter Remington to serve as emcees.

Mothers honored with their daughters were Gina Bhatia, Marie Bosarge, Mary D'Andrea, Patricia Dewhurst, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Joyce Echols, Danielle Ellis, Page Parkes Eveleth, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Catherine Kaldis, Susan Krohn, Susana Brener de Stern, Helen Shaffer and Donna Vallone.

An interesting aside on the night — the ballroom was decorated in shades of lavender, floral decor in the talented hands of Nino Shbeeb. Orchids featured on the invitation inspired many of the women to dress in the radiant orchid color including Margaret Alkek Williams, whose gown was specially made for her in Italy.

Applauding the students musical talents were Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Mayor Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard, Nathalie and Jean-Francois Bonneté, Franco Valobra, Sallymoon Benz and Dr. Alan Bentz, George Murray, Marianne and Bob Ivany, Ann and Dr. John Mendelsohn, Tara and David Wuthrich and Nick Florescu.

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