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The night began with cocktails in the lobby at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. After cocktails we were ushered into Laura Turner Concert Hall. Event designers Hugh Howser and Kate Steele of H3 Events gave the room a gorgeous golden touch. Nashville Symphony Association board chairman, Mark Peacock introduced Nashville mayor, the Honorable John Cooper. The introduction was followed with a performance by the Nashville Symphony of “Fanfare of the Common Man” led by Nashville Symphony Principal Pops conductor, Enrico Lopez-Yanez. Kevin Crumbo introduced and presented the Harmony Award to Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony Association’s president and CEO.
We owe much applause to Kristen Winston and her team for a fabulous dinner that everyone loved. It started with a lobster bisque sip followed by the entree which consisted of a filet of beef with caramelized onion souffle potato, haricort verts, mushrooms, sweet peppers in a chaussear sauce. Dessert was a deconstructed chocolate cheese with mocha sabayon, graham crumble, almond tuile and berries. Lipman Bros generously donated wine and spirits for the evening. Guests were served Nicolas Idiart Sancerre and The Stag Cabernet Sauvignon with dinner which was followed with a presentation by Alan Valentine. Creative Artists Agency’s John Huie presented Kelsea Ballerini with the Harmony Award. After she received the award she performed three songs with the Nashville Symphony. The event closed with remarks from Alan Valentine and then patrons swarmed the stage and dance to the sounds of The Atlanta Allstars. Congratulations to Laura and Amy! Brava!