Charlotte Symphony held its Annual Gala, kicking off the 2023-24 season

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Shayne Doty escorting Ms. Fleming into dinner.

Arts, philanthropic, and business leaders of Charlotte turned out for the Charlotte Symphony’s Annual Gala to be dazzled by opera star and World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Arts and Health, Renée Fleming.

The sold-out gala proved Charlotteans are not restricted to going out on the weekends. The program spanned from the Richard Strauss Four Last Songs to the audience singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Ms. Fleming appeared in three elegant gowns.

Conductor Laureate, Christopher Warren-Green, and Soprano, Renée Fleming.

Those attending the gala included Jane and Hugh McColl, Elizabeth and Jay Monge, Laura and Perry Poole, Dr. Milton Berkman, Shira Lissek, Shayne Doty, and Patty and Thrus Morton.

Charlotte Symphony Gala dining space.
L. to r.: Rebecca Brown and Leigh Humphrey; Jane and Hugh McColl.
Priya Sircar, David Fisk, President and CEO of the Charlotte Symphony, and Amy Blumenthal.
Harvey Gantt and Pat Rodgers.
Leslie Lochman, Deb Childress, Courtney Reichs Mixon, Taylor Marino (Principal Clarinet) Melissa McLawhorn Fish, and Eleanor Hatcher-Staub.
Larry Polsky, Sandra Levine, Daniel Lugo, and TinaMarie Lugo.
L. to r.: Ulrike and Alex Miles; Rosemary Warren-Green, Catherine Connor, Elizabeth Connor Stewart, and Sean Stewart.
Ylida Scott and Dr. Shirley Aluko.
Bill and Linda Farthing, Anne O’Byrne, and David Fisk.
Kitty Hall, Lisa Dargan, Liz Faison, and Laura Vinroot Poole.
Reg Henderson and Alex Comby.
Thrus Morton, Patty Morton, and Shayne Doty.
L. to r.: Ken and Tara Walker; Shira Lissek and Dr. Milton Berkman.
Terrence Russell, Marjorie Serralles-Russell, Rosemary Warren-Green, and Elizabeth and Jay Monge.
Conductor Laureate, Christopher Warren-Green, Michael Marsicano, and Jane McColl.
Amy Blumenthal, Tom Fisher, Robin Branstrom, Felipe Edmiston, and Dee Schwab.
Liz and Molly Faison.

The following day, Mrs. Fleming convened a panel of neurologists and music therapy practitioners on Music and the Mind, sponsored by Atrium, now Advocate Health.

Music and Mind program: Renée Fleming and CEO of Advocate Health, Gene Woods.

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