OPENING NIGHT CONCERT & GALA
On September 19 the Seattle Symphony launched the 2015–2016 season, Music Director Ludovic Morlot’s fifth leading the orchestra. The Opening Night Concert & Gala began with a sensational concert featuring the 2015–2016 season Artist in Residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the winner of the first-ever Seattle Symphony Piano Competition, Kevin Ahfat.
This season’s Opening Night Gala was dedicated to empowering tomorrow’s musicians, a cause close to the heart of Gala honoree Ann P. Wyckoff, who received a standing ovation in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the orchestra, and the greater Seattle arts and culture community. Following an inspiring performance by young pianist Nathan Lee, a record-breaking $365,000 was donated during the evening’s Raise the Paddle, bringing the total raised in support of the Symphony’s education and community programs during the event to $785,000.
The Symphony thanks all the attendees, sponsors and donors for helping make this year’s Opening Night such a huge success. Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Laird Norton Wealth Management for their leadership support of this extraordinary start to the season.
PHOTOS: 1 Board member Laurel Nesholm (right) with her husband, John, and their daughter Erika 2 Gala honoree Ann P. Wyckoff 3 Gala Co-Chairs Betty Tong, Nader Kabbani and Renée Brisbois 4 Nathan Lee and Ludovic Morlot 5 Board member Rosanna Bowles 6 Rebecca Benaroya 7 Ghizlane and Ludovic Morlot with Board member Judith A. Fong and Mark Wheeler
Originally published in the December 2015 Encore concert program.