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Glee star's Houston appearance builds buzz for the Symphony ball: That's centennial power

Glee star's Houston appearance builds buzz for Symphony ball

9 Harry and Cora Sue Mach, from left, and  Joella and Steve Mach at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
Harry and Cora Sue Mach, from left, and Joella and Steve Mach at the Houston Symphony Ball centennial launch. Photo by © Jenny Antill
12 Kathleen Jennings, from left, Sheena Garner and Ting Bresnahan at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
Kathleen Jennings, from left, Sheena Garner and Ting Bresnahan at the Houston Symphony Ball centennial launch. Photo by © Jenny Antill
7 David Wuthrich, from left, Jose Obregon, Courtney Fretz and Katie Flaherty at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
David Wuthrich, from left, Jose Obregon, Courtney Fretz and Katie Flaherty at the Houston Symphony Ball centennial launch. Photo by © Jenny Antill
2 Billy and Christie McCartney, from left, with Brandon and Audrey Cochran at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013.
Billy and Christie McCartney, from left, and Brandon and Audrey Cochran at the Houston Symphony Ball centennial launch. Photo by © Jenny Antill
15 Margaret Alkek Williams and Mark Hanson at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
Margaret Alkek Williams and Mark Hanson at the Houston Symphony Ball centennial launch. Photo by © Jenny Antill
4 Bobbie Nau, from left, with Dick and Susan Hansen at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
Bobbie Nau, from left, with Dick and Susan Hansen at the Houston Symphony Ball centennial launch. Photo by © Jenny Antill
14 Lindley Arnoldy at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
Lindley Arnoldy at the Houston Symphony Ball centennial launch. Photo by © Jenny Antill
13 Kathy Mann, from left, Harry and Diane Gendel and Christina Hanson at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
Kathy Mann, from left, Harry and Diane Gendel and Christina Hanson at the Houston Symphony Ball centennial launch. Photo by © Jenny Antill
18 Rachael and Jason Volz at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
Rachael and Jason Volz at the Houston Symphony Ball centennial launch. Photo by © Jenny Antill
19 Rodney and Judy Margolis, from left, and Dede and Connie Weil at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
Rodney and Judy Margolis, from left, and Dede and Connie Weil at the Houston Symphony Ball centennial launch. Photo by © Jenny Antill
9 Harry and Cora Sue Mach, from left, and  Joella and Steve Mach at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
12 Kathleen Jennings, from left, Sheena Garner and Ting Bresnahan at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
7 David Wuthrich, from left, Jose Obregon, Courtney Fretz and Katie Flaherty at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
2 Billy and Christie McCartney, from left, with Brandon and Audrey Cochran at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013.
15 Margaret Alkek Williams and Mark Hanson at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
4 Bobbie Nau, from left, with Dick and Susan Hansen at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
14 Lindley Arnoldy at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
13 Kathy Mann, from left, Harry and Diane Gendel and Christina Hanson at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
18 Rachael and Jason Volz at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013
19 Rodney and Judy Margolis, from left, and Dede and Connie Weil at the Houston Symphony Ball kickoff party November 2013

Champagne glasses were raised in jubilant toasts when Houston Symphony CEO Mark Hanson unveiled particulars of the 2014 symphony ball, which will be held in May rather than March, as long-standing tradition dictates, in order to cap off the symphony's centennial season. The details were unveiled when Houston Symphony Centennial Ball chairs Cora Sue and Harry Mach and Joella and Steve Mach hosted the launch party in the senior Mach's elegant River Oaks home.

Addressing the cocktail buffet crowd, Hanson allowed that the gala will be held in Jones Hall and include a symphony performance, under direction of Steven Reineke, with special guest appearance by Glee's Matthew Morrison.

Rather than move to a hotel or other party venue for the celebratory dinner following the concert, guests will move the Jones Hall lobby for cocktails and bidding on auction items, while The Events Co. team transforms the theater into a party space, thanks to terraced platforms, with seats for 600 dinner/dance guests. Jackson and Co. will provide the dinner and the Richard Brown Orchestra will provide the dance tunes.

Taking bows as honorees on the glamorous evening will be Marie Taylor Bosarge, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Margaret Alkek Williams, Baker Botts, L.L.P. and ExxonMobil. In addition, a new award, created in honor of Symphony chairman emeritus Mike Stude — the Mike Stude Award for Enduring Artistic Vision — will be presented to five foundations that have cumulatively over the years provided more than $100 million for the symphony.

Joining in the toasts and savoring the Jackson and Co. buffet were guests including Sidney and Don Faust, Carmen and Butch Mach, Katie Flaherty, Ting and John Bresnahan, Lindley and Jason Arnoldy, Joni Baird, Diane and Henry Gendel, Susan and Dick Hansen, Barbara and Ulyesse LeGrange, Tara and David Wuthrich and Carolyn and Mike Mann.