The Houston Symphony Ball crowd had assumed that the youthful contingent, which began arriving at The Corinthian for the after-party at 10 p.m., had come directly from their homes. But no. Chairs Stacy and John Andell, Hasti Taghi and James Gietz got the ball rolling several hours earlier at Hotel ICON. From there, the dressed-up young professionals walked en masse the block or so to the late-night bash.
By the time many of the big-ticket buyers had adjourned, the younger crowd, paying $65 each, had grown to 150 strong for dancing to the intoxicating sounds of the Marianne Bennett Orchestra of New York, for feasting on Jackson & Co.'s midnight buffet (the mac 'n' cheese and breakfast tacos a huge hit) and networking with the twentysomething/thirtysomething movers and shakers. This really was the "Rock Me Amadeus" moment.
"The party was a huge success," John Andell said, adding, "so much so that I think I'll be going into hibernation for the rest of the spring."
The partying was so intense that no one wanted to leave. Not until the lights went up at 2 a.m. did the die-hard revelers depart.
Leading the late-night charge were symphony president and CEO Mark Hanson and wife Christina and symphony ball chairs Tara and David Wuthrich.
The youthful partygoers included Kristin and Jason Kaminsky, Lindley and Jason Arnoldy, James Phelan, Stephanie Von Stein with John Keeton, Lauren Levicki, Katie Chachere, Catherine and Glenn Taylor and Katie Flaherty.