On September 16 the Seattle Symphony’s 2017–2018 season opened with a spectacular concert featuring renowned soprano Renée Fleming performing with Associate Conductor Pablo Rus Broseta and the orchestra.
The Opening Night Gala honored Leslie and Dale Chihuly for their significant contributions to the Symphony and the Puget Sound region. Leslie Chihuly, currently in her 14th year on the Symphony’s Board of Directors and her ninth and final year as Chair, has led the organization through a period of significant change and imbued the Symphony with a revitalized, affirmative spirit. Dale Chihuly, who holds the position of Artist in Association, began his partnership with the Symphony with the creation of the iconic silver and gold Crystal Cascade chandeliers, commissioned by Jack and Becky Benaroya for the opening of Benaroya Hall, and it continues through creative collaborations that champion art in all its forms.
In a tribute to the tremendous impact of the Chihulys, the evening raised more than $1.7 million in support of the Symphony’s mission of bringing people together and lifting the human spirit through the power of music.
The Symphony thanks this year’s event committee, attendees, sponsors and donors for helping make the event a truly inspirational start to the new season.
PHOTOS: 1 Gala Committee Co-Chairs Renée Brisbois and Terry Hecker 2 David Clark; attendees raised their paddles during the event, contributing to a record $1.7 million total 3 Board member and Chair-Elect René Ancinas, Renée Fleming, Gala honorees Dale and Leslie Chihuly, and Charles Simonyi 4 Board member Michael Mitrovich, with his wife, Kathleen, and son, Ryan Mitrovich 5 Lifetime Director James Raisbeck and his wife, Sherry
Originally published in the December 2017 Encore concert program.