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The Orpheum Gala

A Revolutionary Event

Story by Bill Bannister | Photos by Don Perry

Situated on the southwest corner of Main and Beale in Downtown, The Orpheum Theatre has been one of our city’s crown jewels and the epicenter of the fine arts in Memphis since 1928. On a recent summer night, over 400 fans and supporters came together to celebrate and raise funds in appreciation for the many decades of entertainment provided by The Orpheum. 

The evening began with a concert by Leslie Odom, Jr., who won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the original cast of HAMILTON on Broadway, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the new MSO assistant conductor, Kalena Bovell. The concert was followed by a spectacular afterparty next door at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts. Guests made their way into an air-conditioned tent to begin with a champagne toast and dancing to the music of G3: The Gary Goin Group. The crowd moved into the Halloran Centre’s Grand Lobby, as staff dressed in authentic American Revolutionary costumes passed out mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres from presenting sponsor Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Tunica. The classical Revolutionary String Quartet, positioned one level above the festivities, provided background music while guests mixed and mingled.

Guests dined on fruits and cheeses, along with bacon-wrapped asparagus, Beef Wellington, Brunswick stew with cornbread cakes, and shrimp and grits. The private VIP room featured delicacies such as jumbo shrimp cocktail, fresh oysters, seafood salad and crab and lobster claws. 

Orpheum President and CEO Brett Batterson said, “We appreciate Leslie Odom and all the people who came to show their support for what we do.” Sponsors included First South Financial, Reality Capital Management, Armstrong Relocation and Companies, Pickler Wealth Advisors, Scott and Carol Hennessy, Lura and Steve Turner, The Majestic Grille, Gould’s Salon and Spa, Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle and Cox, Sedgwick, Keri and Doug Gage, Veronica and Brett Batterson and PNC Bank. 

All guests received a special commemorative gift glass as a momento of this magical evening. Proceeds from this event benefited the Orpheum Theatre Group’s education and community programs. 


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