The Nashville Symphony pivoted from a white-tie gala to a 75th anniversary concert for the Symphony Ball this year, but the Patrons Party was just as dazzling as ever. Sandi and Scott Borchetta welcomed guests to their spectacular Brentwood estate — the former home of fellow Nashville Symphony supporters Newman and Johnathon Arndt — for the black-tie dinner.
Partygoers were greeted with flutes of Champagne as soon as they stepped through the doors, a wise decision considering there was so much chatting, hugging and catching up that it took many guests half the evening before ever making it across the room to the bar.
Chair Lisa Manning, looking resplendent in a chic black gown, joked that planning this year’s festivities solo was easy because she was free to make every decision on her own. When we teased that it sounded like she rather enjoyed being a dictator, she said she preferred the term “monarchy,” and her husband, David, was more than happy to refer to himself as her prince all night.
After the convivial cocktail hour, guests were transported via golf cart to the Borchettas’ private ballroom at the back of the property. Dori Waller of The Social Office made the already stunning space even more breathtaking with décor in white, gold and deep pine green. Round tables were draped with green velvet tablecloths, set with gold-rimmed china and topped with towering white floral centerpieces.
Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner from Kristen Winston before a series of musical performances organized by Sandi and Scott. Musicians from the Nashville Symphony and students from its Accelerando program performed alongside recording artists Abbey Cone, Danielle Bradbery and Conner Smith. Perhaps the most moving moment of the night, however, was a video looking back on the Nashville Symphony’s illustrious 75-year history and the crucial role the community has played in its ongoing success. A lot has changed in Nashville in the past 75 years, but fortunately for all of us, the community’s love and support for the Nashville Symphony has remained the same.