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Symphony Benefit Concert Exceeds $300,000 Goal

Symphony Benefit Concert Exceeds $300,000 GoalConductor Andrey Boreyko wowed the audience of 750 patrons during the New Vision, New Stars Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Jones Hall in the Houston Theater District. Orchestrating the dynamic sounds of the world-renowned Houston Symphony, Boreyko inspired the audience to remember the importance of this musical collaboration with the University of St. Thomas and how events like this stimulate the community to indulge in the promise of students aiming to study music.

With the goal of garnering support for $300,000 in gifts, contributors were truly moved by the music and banded together to raise more than $350,000, which includes underwriting, ticket sales and donations, for the next phase of the forthcoming Performing Arts Center on the St. Thomas campus. The proceeds will go toward commission for the interior design and programming for the Performing Arts Center.

The design, by Studio RED Architects, who also redesigned the Alley Theatre's upcoming construction, will include a proscenium theatre, a black box flex theater and a multi-functional conference center. This world-class theater and conference hall will add another jewel to Houston's Museum District.

Symphony Benefit Concert Exceeds $300,000 GoalEvent chairs Jes and John Hagale were an integral part in the progression of the Center, and Jes is enthusiastic about the future.

“The University of St. Thomas's commitment to the vibrant integration of studio arts, music and theater into their liberal arts curriculum is what drew us to this ambitious project of building a new Performing Arts Center at the gateway to the museum district,” Jes said. “As a recent graduate of the St. Thomas Master of Liberal Arts program, I can attest first hand to the remarkable dedication of the staff and faculty to their mission to graduate leaders of faith and character from Houston's only Catholic university.”

Event attendees included honoree Beth Madison, who gives generously of herself to countless arts organizations in Houston, and Mark Hanson, executive director and CEO of the Houston Symphony.

University President Dr. Robert Ivany thanked all attendees for their generous support and contributions to the future of St. Thomas. Marianne Ivany said the Houston Symphony Benefit Concert was an elegant, first-class affair, which definitely showed that the University of St. Thomas has earned the top spot in the hearts of Houstonians.

Symphony Benefit Concert Exceeds $300,000 Goal“We can be seen as equal partners in the Museum District, on the university scene and as full collaborators with our Houston community partners in this city,” Marianne said. “Those that shined most brightly were our student performers and student ambassadors. They are our credentials, and they certainly made UST proud last night. We are definitely forming leaders of faith, character and class.”

Other guests included Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Margaret Alkek-Williams and Jim Daniel, Trini Mendenhall Sosa and Frank Sosa, C.C. Conner, Ginger and John Niemann, Barbara Van Postman, Denise and Philip Bahr, Camille and Jim Tichenor, Bob and Nancy Peiser, Frances Marzio, and Raye White.

Photos by Kim Coffman
Pictured (left to right):
Photo One:
Andrey Boreyko and UST students Kaci Timmons, Todd King and Teresa Wells
Photo Two: Dr. Robert Ivany, Marianne Ivany, Beth Madison, Jes Hagale and John Hagale
Photo Three: Mark Hanson