Fall gala season has arrived. Wednesday night the Philadelphia Orchestra held its opening night and dinner at the Kimmel Center. Friday, Opera Philadelphia celebrated its opening night with a grand celebration on Broad Street, under a white tent that withstood the winds of a nor’easter that soaked the region last week. A parade of glamorously dressed guests arrived for the cocktail party and dinner before the opening night of La traviata, an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. Dr. Ady L. Djerassi and Dr. Robert Golub were Opening Night Gala chairs. After La traviata, where the audience gave the performers a three-minute standing ovation, theatergoers and young friends enjoyed an after party under the tent on Broad Street,. Proceeds from the gala went go to fund “Opera on the Mall,” which is on October 16. It’s a free HD broadcast of La traviata which will play on a movie screen in front of Independence Hall that evening. It was rescheduled to October 16 after rain cancelled it last Saturday.
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From left: Robert V. Taglieri, Opera Philadelphia and Tim Moir, chair of Friends of the Avenue of the Arts and a gala committee member.
Judy Brick Freedman and Allen Freedman.
Wayne Lorgus and Brenda-Jayne Wiltshire.
Janelle Ketchum and Dr. Ngozi Onuoha.
Renee Orth and Clint Walker.
Heather Mease and Ben D'annibale.
Regina Duchnowski and Alexander Hankin.
Dr. Ady L. Djerassi and Dr. Robert Golub, Opening Night Gala Chairs.
From left: Ellen Berman Lee, Board member of Opera Philadelphia ; Daniel K. Meyer, Board Chair of Opera Philadelphia; and Bennett Weinstock, interior designer.
Christina Cox, Ballet X; and James Haskins, The Wilma Theater.
Michael and Christine Bamberger.
Kathy Hanrahan and Drew Christiano.
From left: Tony Schaeffer, Kelley Reilly, and Katie Adams.
Emma Rose Bienvenu, Kenneth Podgorsek, Dr. Russell Podgorsek, and Anton Fredriksson. Evantine created a beautiful room with their decor for the gala.
Natalie and Chris Nagele.
The cast from La traviata joined the after party: Jarrett Ott; Andrew Bogard; Rachel Sterrenberg; and Roy Hage.
From left: Jim Goff; Carolyn Seidle; Lexi and Bill Bickell.
David A. Dubbeldam and David B. Devan, General Director and President Opera Philadelphia.
Elizabeth Convery; Brian Lipstein; Martin Ihrig; and Christina Sioutis.
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