Photos by Carlin Ma


On September 17 the Seattle Symphony kicked off the 2016–2017 season with a spectacular concert mixing old world elegance and new world vivacity led by Music Director Ludovic Morlot and featuring the incomparable mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

The Opening Night Gala honored William Gates Sr. and Mimi Gardner Gates for their significant contributions to the Symphony and the Seattle community, and was dedicated to giving voice to the community, supporting the Seattle Symphony’s community and education programs in record-setting style. Inspired by a moving testimonial by Joyce DiDonato about the power of music to change lives for the better, and spurred on by generous matching challenges, the event raised an incredible $920,000 for education and community programs.

The Symphony thanks everyone who joined us for the Gala; Opening Night Concert & Gala Co-Chairs Renée Brisbois, Nader Kabbani and Betty Tong; the entire Opening Night Gala Committee; JP Morgan Chase & Co., Nordstrom and the many event sponsors who helped make the event a huge success.

PHOTOS: 1 Ludovic Morlot with 2016 Gala honoree William Gates Sr. 2 Opening Night Concert & Gala Co-Chairs Betty Tong, Nader Kabbani and Renée Brisbois 3 Joyce DiDonato performing with the Seattle Symphony 4 2014 Gala honoree Rebecca Benaroya 5 The Opening Night Gala raise the paddle set a new record for support 6 2015 Gala honoree Ann P. Wyckoff with Ludovic Morlot

Originally published in the December 2016 Encore concert program.

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