It is with great honor and much anticipation that we are given the opportunity to chair the Opus Ball, Arkansas’ premiere gala event. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Opus Ball. We hope to recognize the occasion by orchestrating an exceptional event, one that not only provides guests with an elegant evening and a memorable experience, but also produces generous support of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and its community endeavors.
With the remarkable efforts of last year’s co-chairs Susan and Nick Brown, Opus XXIX generated over $450,000 towards the support of ASO’s music education and outreach programs throughout the state of Arkansas. With your support, it is our goal to achieve and surpass the success of previous years. We sincerely ask you to consider becoming a Patron to help us reach our goals so that we can continue providing these programs for the children throughout the state. When you become Patrons of Opus XXX, we shall request the honor of your attendance at two very special evenings.
This year’s grand ball will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the lovely Capital Hotel, reserved in its entirety for the event. The evening will begin with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres. Enjoy a full bar, champagne, and a signature cocktail created by the Capital Hotel’s exceptional mixologists created just for this event. As you socialize with fellow supporters, it will be an ideal time for viewing our fabulous silent auction items, which will include many unique and one of a kind items. Next, we will begin our live auction, which will be hosted by the incomparable Craig O’Neill who will put forth his best effort to encourage your generosity to have the winning bid on exotic trips, one of a kind jewelry, and elaborate parties arranged by some of Arkansas’ most renowned hosts and hostesses. Upon conclusion of the live auction, dinner will be presented in six elegantly appointed dining areas. You will be served fine fare created by Ashley’s Chef, Joël Antunes, accompanied by perfectly paired wines. After dinner, dance the night away with the sensational Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Big Band or relax with your friends in the Capital Bar & Grill with a drink and a late night snack.
A perfect way to end this magical evening would be to head upstairs and stay in one of the Capital Hotel’s elegant rooms. The entire hotel is yours to enjoy! When purchasing a hotel room, you are able to check in by 3 o’clock the afternoon of the ball. You will be able to peruse the silent auction, begin bidding on your favorite items, and enjoy a cocktail before heading upstairs to get ready for the ball. The overnight package also includes a fabulous breakfast the next morning in Ashley’s Restaurant. What a perfect way to complete your Opus weekend!
We are also very pleased to announce that the Patrons’ Party will be on Thursday, October 2, 2014, co-hosted with us by Jane McKinney and Richard Tripodi, at the ASO’s new downtown offices in Little Rock on Fifth and Main Street. We will be transforming the brand-new space in to a red carpet event – not to be missed! We invite you to celebrate this exclusive event with us and the ASO.
To ensure your place at these elegant evenings, we invite you join us as Patrons. Your Patron Ticket includes a ticket for two guests to the Patrons’ Party and Opus Ball for $1,500. Patron Tables are available for $5,000 and include Opus Ball seating for ten guests and a ticket for two guests to the Patrons’ Party. As Patrons, you will also receive special recognition in the Opus Ball program book, invitations, and the night of Opus.
Due to limited seating and to take full advantage of Patron benefits, please reserve your Opus Patron Ticket or Patron Table by August 1, 2014 by filling out the attached reservation form. For any questions that you may have, please contact Kelly Parker, Special Events Coordinator, at (501) 666-1761, ext. 114 or kparker@ArkansasSymphony.org. As a friend of the Symphony, we invite you to join us in supporting and celebrating forty-nine years of great symphonic music. We look forward to seeing you on October 2nd at the Patrons’ Party and again on November 1st at Opus XXX – The Symphony Grand Ball. It is more than an event, it is an experience!
Our sincerest thanks,