Symphony Santa

Instrument petting zoo makes for a magical day in swanky River Oaks club — and the kids agree

Instrument petting zoo makes for a magical day in River Oaks club

2 Carsten Tanner and Brinnley Tanner with Santa at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
Carsten Tanner and Brinnley Tanner with Santa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
5 Kim Lucas, from left, Vicki West and Lilly Andress at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
Kim Lucas, from left, Vicki West and Lilly Andress. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
16 Karaoke at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
The kiddos joined a Santa's elf in Karaoke fun at the Houston Symphony Magical Musical Morning. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Emmy Neylon, from left, Jack Neylon and Sophia Neylon at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
Emmy Neylon, from left, Jack Neylon and Sophia Neylon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
1 Marshall Mosing, left, and Nicholas Mosing with Santa at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
Marshall Mosing, left, and Nicholas Mosing with Santa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
10 Alexander Jr. Dwyer, left, and Alexander Dwyer at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
Alexander Dwyer Jr., left, and Alexander Dwyer. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
11 Ting Bresnahan, from left, Audrey Cochran and Kathleen Jennings at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
Ting Bresnahan, from left, Audrey Cochran and Kathleen Jennings. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
7 Sasha Subbiah and Vivek Subbiah at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
Sasha Subbiah and Vivek Subbiah. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
13 David Denechaud, left, and Daniel Denechaud at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
David Denechaud, left, and Daniel Denechaud. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
12 Christina and Mark Hanson with Christopher Hanson, Andrew Hanson and Nicholas Hanson at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
The Hanson family: Christoper, from left, Christina, Andrew , Mark and Nicholas. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
8 Jack Bresnahan, from left, John Bresnahan, Fisher Bresnahan and Ting Bresnahan at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
The Bresnahan family, Jack, from left, John, Fisher and Ting.  Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
19 Ari Chaudhry and Sandhya Prashad at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
Ari Chaudhry and Sandhya Prashad. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
9 James Jennings and Kathleen Jennings at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
James Jennings and Kathleen Jennings. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
6 Betsy Garlington, from left, Sybil F. Roos and Betty Tutor at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
Betsy Garlington, from left, honorary grandmother Sybil F. Roos and Betty Tutor. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
18 Josh and Danielle Batchelor with Coulson Batchelor, Mila Burrow and Beckett Batchelor at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
Josh and Danielle Betchlor with youngsters Coulson Batchelor, from left, Mila Burrow and Beckett Batchelor. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 Instrument Petting Zoo at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
Instrument "Petting Zoo." Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
2 Carsten Tanner and Brinnley Tanner with Santa at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
5 Kim Lucas, from left, Vicki West and Lilly Andress at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
16 Karaoke at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
14 Emmy Neylon, from left, Jack Neylon and Sophia Neylon at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
1 Marshall Mosing, left, and Nicholas Mosing with Santa at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
10 Alexander Jr. Dwyer, left, and Alexander Dwyer at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
11 Ting Bresnahan, from left, Audrey Cochran and Kathleen Jennings at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
7 Sasha Subbiah and Vivek Subbiah at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
13 David Denechaud, left, and Daniel Denechaud at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
12 Christina and Mark Hanson with Christopher Hanson, Andrew Hanson and Nicholas Hanson at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
8 Jack Bresnahan, from left, John Bresnahan, Fisher Bresnahan and Ting Bresnahan at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
19 Ari Chaudhry and Sandhya Prashad at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
9 James Jennings and Kathleen Jennings at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
6 Betsy Garlington, from left, Sybil F. Roos and Betty Tutor at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
18 Josh and Danielle Batchelor with Coulson Batchelor, Mila Burrow and Beckett Batchelor at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014
17 Instrument Petting Zoo at the Houston Symphony Magical Morning December 2014

What: Houston Symphony Magical Musical Morning.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The 411: More than 400 guests, most of them festively-dressed youngsters, joined the Houston Symphony League and the Houston Symphony Society for the annual holiday fete that gently introduces the world of classical music to children.

The instrument petting zoo is the highlight of the fundraiser that lets the kiddos get up close and personal with violins and the like, a nice touch considering that symphony violinist Rodica Gonzalez and her 7-year-old son, Matthew, performed. The youngsters sang along to the holiday tunes of DJ London at the karaoke station and indulged in face-painting, arts and crafts and photos with jolly old St. Nick, the latter the most popular of the entertainments.

Kim Lucas and Lilly Andress chaired the event that raised $70,000 for symphony coffers. Sybil Roos was tapped as honorary grandmother for the event that extended the joy of the season by inviting 16 children from the Salvation Army Family Residence to join the holiday fun. 

Who: Participating families included those of Christina and Mark Hanson, Kim and Richard Lucas, Viviana and David Denechaud, Heidi and David Massin, Audrey Cochran, Ting and John Bresnahan and Marita and J.B. Fairbanks.

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