Annual Gala

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” This quote from Alice, Lewis Carroll’s main character in his 1865 novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is a prime example of Carroll’s literary creativity and brilliance. His first novel and its successor, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, have been the catalyst for the planning of the San Angelo Symphony Guild2015 Gala and we are overwhelmed with excitement to share this event with the San Angelo community.

An evening of fun, fellowship, and entertainment will be experienced by all who attend the 31st Annual Symphony Gala.  Through the Looking-Glass: An Extra-Unordinary Night” will take place on the January 24, 2015 at the Historic Cactus Hotel. Following the premise of Carroll’s novels, we are hard at work transforming the Cactus Hotel into a world of nonsense, uniqueness, and merriment for all.

The San Angelo Symphony Guild hosts a yearly Gala event to celebrate and honor the Guild’s senior belles and beaux. On this evening they are formally presented to the public and honored for their volunteer work to the guild, symphony, and community. Along with the presentation, the evening includes a cocktail hour, fine dining, live and silent auctions, and musical entertainment and dancing. Lewis Carroll once said, “One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.” The Guild strives to be an ideal model of this principle. The proceeds from the Gala are given to the San Angelo Symphony Society to support their concerts and artistic and educational initiatives. The presentation of the proceeds check is made in April at the Wells Fargo Family Pops Concert.

Many specifics about the Gala night are being kept under “wraps” to surprise our guests and entice others to join the fun. However, we will let you in on a few secrets. Our guests that evening will arrive through the main entrance of The Cactus Hotel and experience Alice’s infamous fall into the rabbit hole.  From this rabbit hole, they will be catapulted into a quirky cocktail hour, elegant presentation of the Senior Belles and Beaux, delicious dinner in the Enchanted Forest and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and one-of-a-kind dessert devouring in the widely known and generally accepted, Hookah-smoking Caterpillar’s mushroom patch. 

A variety of musical entertainment is lined up for the evening that is sure to have something for everyone! Local musical talent will be showcased throughout the evening. Manny Campos will entertain us with a jazzy instrumental during the presentation and again later in the evening with a nostalgic set with his band The Red Tape. Dinner will be complimented by recordings from our brilliant San Angelo Symphony Orchestra and later in the evening Section 8 will invigorate us all with a blues and rock revue. DJ David Wagner will conclude the evening with another energetic set that will surely get all the young and “young at heart” up on their feet. Befitting of an “extra-unordinary night”, the musical sets will switch back and forth from the Ballroom to the Lobby to allow for pockets of quieter areas for people to catch up or meet new friends!

Do not find yourself in the white rabbit’s predicament and arrive late or not at all. Seating is limited to this one of a kind event and we would love to see you there!