Skip navigation
Special Events

Russian Romance: Boston Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Gala Keys on Russian Theme

The Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrates its opening night with a gala underscoring its all-Russian music program.

The gala celebration took place after an opening night concert led by BSO music director Andris Nelsons and featuring superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang. The program had an all-Russian theme, with Shostakovich's "Festive Overture," Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" performed. 

The gala dinner was created by Chef Patrick Campbell of Cafe ArtScience in Cambridge, Mass., and was served in four rooms at Symphony Hall.

The decor in each room is based on one of the artistic themes in "Pictures at an Exhibition." The Watercolor Room (Cabot-Cahners Room) features tablecloths resembling water and moving images of water projected onto the walls. 

Chalkboard tabletops adorn the Charcoal Room (O'Block/Kay Room), while fabric-draped walls with twinkling lights grace the Dance Room (Miller Room). 

The Architecture Room (Higginson Hall) features art deco gold and white linens. 

The event designer: Jen Wheaton of Design Collaborative. Lighting: Andrew Boucher of High Output. Linens: La Tavola, Nuage, and Table Toppers. Floral arrangements: Tori Samuel of Winston Flowers

Photos by Michael Blanchard and John Gillooly.


Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.