The Phoenix Symphony Gala Returns, Celebrates 70 Years

Posted By on January 8, 2018
After a 10-year hiatus, The Phoenix Symphony’s gala returned, just in time for its 70-year anniversary. The event welcomed more than 200 guests for an evening of activities and music on December 31 at the Arizona Biltmore.
The event began with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a photo station and a raffle featuring a custom-designed necklace in the shape of the symphony’s logo — made with diamonds and sapphires and valued at over $15,000.
Guests then enjoyed a three-course meal complete with a specialty chocolate piano dessert while listening to The JJs Band.
The Symphony then performed an hour-long program including “S’ Wonderful,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Tritsch-Tratsch Polka,” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera.”
The night ended with dancing and a champagne toast.
The event was chaired by Jeff and Leslie Rich. The program include a tribute to honorary chair Jeanne Herberger, recognizing her nearly five decades of leadership and support of The Phoenix Symphony.
  • Becky Hudson and Dr. Nelson Faux were the lucky raffle winners of custom-designed necklace donated by Coffin & Trout Fine Jewellers.
  • Benjamin Bartley, Jillian Dy & Ryen & Brian Borden have fun at the photo station.
  • Carol and Norm Miller
  • Charlene and Alan Augustein
  • Courtney and Michael Beller
  • Deb and Wes Gullett
  • Ellen and Lon Babby and Susan and Lee Berk
  • Ina and Dr. James Kort
  • Jeanne Herberger and Jim Ward
  • Jim Ward presents Jeanne Herberger with a gift.
  • Jim Ward presents Leslie Rich with a gift for her event leadership.
  • President and CEO Jim Ward
  • Kathy Voytko, Vocalist
  • Leslie and Jeff Rich, Gala Co-Chairs
  • Linda and Dan Francisco
  • Matthew and Rebecca Kasper, Rosemary Ochoa, Tito Munoz and Amanda Lee
  • Michele and Neil Irwin
  • Phil Edlund and Sharon McCord
  • Rose and Harry Papp
  • Ryan Williams, Michelle Williams, Vanessa Williams and Quinn Williams
  • Sharon and Dr. Oliver Harper
  • Tito Munoz Phoenix Symphony-Virginia G. Piper Music Director
Jamie Killin

About Jamie Killin

Jamie Killin is the web editor for Frontdoors Media. She also is a freelance journalist who has been published in Thrillist, Phoenix Magazine, So Scottsdale!, The Arizona Republic and more.

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