Inaugural ASO gala hopes to attract younger philanthropists, Chris Botti fans

In a tough economy, some of the city’s more seasoned annual fundraisers are experiencing an extreme makeover. Today’s case in point: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s annual Symphony Ball has been mothballed as organizers seek a less creaky method of raising money for the ASO’s Youth Orchestra and music outreach programs while attracting a younger demographic.
The ASO’s solution is the inaugural Symphony Gala, set for Friday, February 4 at the InterContinental hotel in Buckhead featuring an intimate performance by trumpeter Chris Botti and his band, an open bar and a stylish champagne supper (including a homemade potato chip station with a selection of gourmet dips). Tickets start at an economical $250 a piece.
The ASO’s beloved music director Robert Spano is the evening’s honorary chair and, for the first time, dress is no longer a strict black tie affair but a more relaxed “cocktail attire.”
For tickets, call the Woodruff Arts Center box office at 404-733-5000 or visit