Alexandria’s fine arts elite gathered Saturday at the Westin to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria.
The mission of They Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria is to provide quality, affordable and accessible music in the greater Metropolitan area of Northern Virginia through its highly respected, innovative, professional performances and programming. To foster a life-long appreciation of symphonic music, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to strengthening arts education in schools.
The black-tie affair drew the city’s finest to partake in both silent and live auctions, dinner, and dancing for an unforgettable evening to honor the importance of arts in the community. Guests wore everything from dramatic couture to staid, proper ball gowns, and were of all ages. Silent auction options included everything from travel experiences, elegant silver services, fine jewelry, gift baskets, and spa treatments.
A cocktail reception began the evening, with guests enjoying a full bar and sumptuous passed hors d’oeuvres. Following the cocktail reception, where guests perused the silent auction items, was the formal dinner in the main ballroom. The seated dinner opened with an invocation before the Honored Guest, Patsy Ticer, was introduced to the room. The Honorable Ticer is the former mayor of Alexandria, and also served in the Senate.
Northern Virginia’s premiere fully professional orchestra, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1954 and has established a reputation for thematic and inter-arts programming that features a mix of classical and contemporary music. The ASO’s move in 2002 to the critically acclaimed Schlesinger Center established its reach and reputation as one of the region’s leading arts institutions. For more information, see http://www.alexsym.org/.