Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Savor the Symphony Patrons were celebrated with an exclusive soirée at the home of Anne and Bill Seanor

(Featured photo:  Susan Geyer, Honorary Chair; Nikki Beneke, Gala Co-Chair; Katherine Smethie, Honorary Chair. Not pictured: Honorary Chairs Mark Geyer and Steven Smethie; Joanie Stephens, Gala Co-Chair)*

Patrons of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s (DSOL) Savor the Symphony 2024 enjoyed an evening of gourmet delights, wines and sweet treats at a party in their honor generously hosted by Anne and Bill Seanor in their lovely home. As guests arrived, the buzz was about the gala, the live and silent auctions and its featured entertainer, Giancarlo Bernini, the incredible magician and illusionist who fooled Penn and Teller!  

Hosts Bill and Anne Seanor; Cindy and Charlie Feld

Nikki J. Beneke, who was co-chairing the gala with Joanie Stephens, welcomed guests such as DSOL 2024-2025 president Dixey Arterburn, DSOL 2023-2024 president Nancy Labadie, underwriting chair Donna Arp Weitzman, Colby Baer, Terry Beneke, Angie and Randy Bullard, Cindy and Charlie Feld, Joyce Fox, Therese and Chris Rourk and more. Honorary chairs were Susan and Mark Geyer and Katherine and Steven Smethie.

DSOL 2023-2024 President Nancy Labadie, Roger Gault; DSOL 2024-25 President Dixey Arterburn;  Donna Weitzman, Underwriting Chair; Roberta Corbett

Thanking the Seanors for so graciously hosting this evening’s event, Nikki thanked members of the gala committee and presented a lovely acrylic serving tray customized with the event’s logo to Anne.  

After Nikki shared details about the gala, Nancy introduced this evening’s featured performer, violinist Patrick Miranda Estrada, who has participated in the Dallas Symphony Association’s Young Strings program for the past eight years. His moving performance was followed by a moment when he shared that had it not been for Young Strings and the support of DSOL and the Dallas Symphony, that he may not be where he is today, having been a student at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, and now attending the Interlochen Arts Academy. His moving story was followed by a heartfelt standing ovation.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s mission is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Community Outreach and Education Programs opening doors to a brighter future for the children in our community. Proceeds from the gala evening will benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and outreach programs including:

• Young Strings, Kim Noltemy Young Musicians and the Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concert Series impact over 20,000 students and are vital as they promote brain development, opening doors to a brighter future and more opportunities.

• DSO On the Go brings the orchestra outside the Meyerson Symphony Center and into neighborhoods and communities around North Texas.

• MyDSO Concerts are specially designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities, and their families, friends and caregivers. 

          The DSOL has raised over $22 million to support these programs. Learn more at www.dallassymphonyleague.com/Savor-the-Symphony.

*Photos by Danny Campbell

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