Miami Symphony Orchestra’s Big Hats & Bow Ties Brunch

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Michelle Areces Zandy, Yolanda Berkowitz, Athina Marturet & Harry Levy
Michelle Areces Zandy, Yolanda Berkowitz, Athina Marturet & Harry Levy

Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) celebrated it’s annual Big Hats & Bow Ties Brunch this year at downtown Miami’s Cipriani. Chaired by Michele Areces, Criselda Breene, Sarah Colombo, Iran Issa-Khan and Sam Robin, the brunch was a full-blown party with 150 guests wearing hats. Attendees included Miami’s social set and symphony lovers.

Naim Zarzour, Antonella Biasillo, Athina Marturet & Georgio Ferrera
Naim Zarzour, Antonella Biasillo, Athina Marturet & Georgio Ferrera

The event, which included VIPs like Barbara Becker, Amaris Jones and Yolanda Berkowitz, serves as a fundraising arm for the the Miami-based orchestra, which is presided over by Maestro Eduardo Marturet. He and is wife, Athina Klioumi, were dressed by Burberry, with Athnia sporting a crown made out of real gold and shoes made by Donald Pliner for the occasion.

A swing-style band came as a surprise from Venezuela to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Marturet at MISO. The played the best jazz and other genres while wearing colored kicks in a nod to the maestro’s love of shoes.

Danny Jelaca & Sam Robin
Danny Jelaca & Sam Robin

Man and woman equally dressed the part and this time the winner of the¨ Best Hat¨ was Anick Vorbe, who won a 1-year subscription for the new season of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, which starts on October 23 with Bolero by Ravel and Sheherezade by Rimsky-Korsakov, and the world premiere of an amazing romantic Piano Concerto by Florencia Di Concilio, under the direction of the so enigmatic superstar conductor Eduardo Marturet at the Arsht.

The private waterfront room was dressed up with floral arrangements by the Flower Atelier that included orchids, lilies, calla, and white phelonosias, gave a touch of spring to each table. The fundraiser was considered a success with plans already underway for next year’s event.

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