The Phoenix Symphony Anniversary Gala

 70 Never Sounded So Good

text and photos courtesy of The Phoenix Symphony

Above: Attendees enjoy a gourmet dinner.
In spectacular fashion, The Phoenix Symphony (TPS) held its 70th Anniversary Gala. To honor this milestone, the event took place on New Year’s Eve. Held at the Arizona Biltmore, more than 200 guests enjoyed a dazzling evening of festivities and music as they rang in 2018. The opportunity to dance to the music performed by TPS, under the direction of Guest Conductor Stuart Chafetz, was a special treat.
Top, left: Rose and Harry Papp. Top. right: Courtney and Michael Beller. Bottom, left: Phil Edlund and Sharon McCord. Bottom, right: Benjamin Bartley, Jillian Dy with Ryan and Brian Borden have fun at the photo station.

The evening’s activities began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Guests mingled, enjoyed a photo station and took part in a raffle that featured a custom-designed, diamond and sapphire necklace. Created in the shape of The Phoenix Symphony’s logo the necklace is valued at more than $15,000.

When the ballroom doors opened, guests were  delighted to see the fanciful table adornments and hear the energetic sounds of The JJs Band. A sumptuous three-course gourmet sit-down dinner concluded with a decadent chocolate dessert shaped in the whimsical form of a piano.

Top. left: Jeanne Herberger and Jim Ward. Top, right: Becky Hudson and Dr. Nelson Faux were the raffle winners of the custom-designed necklace. Bottom, left: Leslie and Jeff Rich. Bottom, right: Ina and Dr. James Kort. 

The Phoenix Symphony performed a one-hour set that included favorites such as “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. More dancing and a champagne toast rounded out the evening’s celebration.

Chaired by Jeff and Leslie Rich, the program included a tribute to the event’s Honorary Chair, Jeanne Herberger, for her nearly five decades of leadership and support of The Phoenix Symphony.

Top, left: Guests fill the dance floor. Top, right: The Phoenix Symphony, led by Guest Conductor Stuart Chafetz. Bottom: Jim Ward presents Jeanne Herberger with a gift.

Celebrating its 70th Anniversary Season, TPS has been proudly serving the citizens of the Phoenix metropolitan area and Arizona since 1947. The Symphony performs for more than 125,000 students and children, helping to introduce music to new generations through a variety of education and youth-engagement programs.Visit