Paint the Town with Emme
Emme is a seventh-generation Nashvillian and an owner of Boulevard Communications, LLC
Photography by Tiffani Bing
A winter chill is enchanting when it occurs at the Symphony Ball. Ask anyone in Laura Turner Concert Hall at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on a crisp, mid-December evening. Everyone—from white-tied patrons to servers to dance-committee helpers—felt a tingle and welling of emotion when the four members of Nashville Pipes and Drums took the stage with the symphony orchestra, conjuring a sublime version of “Highland Cathedral.” With Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero casting music about like Harry Potter shooting spells from his holly and phoenix feather core wand, the moment was magical indeed.
And that was just five minutes of a bewitching evening.
Bravo to the resourceful and creative chairmen team of Anne Maradik and Karlen Garrard for their exquisite vision of the 30th Symphony Ball. Not for a moment did any of the 430 guests at the sold-out event forget why they were there: to support impeccable music.
Music power couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw was presented the Harmony Award, which, as Nashville Symphony Association Board Chairman Jim Seabury put it, “honors the creative energy that pulses through our city each day.”
The evening began in the West Lobby with cocktails and trying on exquisite jewelry offered by the fabulous Zonnie Sheik. Chimes brought guests into the concert hall. On the menu: Oysters Rockefeller, an arugula and pear salad, beef filet, and black forest cake prepared by Kristen Winston.
Under the artful hand of The Tulip Tree’s Mark O’Bryan, the hall’s décor was a nod to the thirtieth, aka pearl, anniversary. Bronze was a unique signature color incorporated into the creamy color scheme. Volunteers on the design team were Kaki Pulliam, Kate Satz, and Melissa Mahanes.
“Our hope was to make the evening luminous, timeless, and celebratory . . . worthy of the thirtieth ‘pearl’ anniversary,” said Chairman Maradik.
“Inspiration drawn from pearls of all shades—greys, blush pinks, creams. Tahitian, South Seas, etc.”
The program included music by the Symphony before Crissy and Bill Haslam introduced the Harmony Award recipients. Backed by the orchestra, Hill and McGraw then charmed the audience to “Live Like You Were Dying” and “Where Are You Christmas?”
After closing remarks by Symphony CEO Alan Valentine, guests danced until the wee hours of the morning to the Craig Duncan Orchestra.
On December 9, Amy Grant and Vince Gill had graciously hosted the black-tie patrons party at their Belle Meade home.
Co-hosts for the seated dinner under twinkling lights were Julie and Frank Boehm, Barbara and Jack Bovender, Karen and Bruce Moore, and Laurie and Jim Seabury.
Spotted bewitched by the evening were: Mary Jo and Steve Shankle, Mary and Tom Gambill, Robin and Richard Patton, Katie and Kevin Crumbo, Julie and Bob Gordon, Barby and Govan White, Elizabeth and Bob Dennis, Janet and Earl Bentz, Cathy and Clay Jackson, Margie and Bert Dale, Carolyn and Hartley Hall, Ellen Martin and Gerry Nadeau, Barbara Keith and Richard Payne, Chrissy and Bill Hagerty, Elizabeth and Larry Papel, and Jennifer and Gus Puryear.