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Philip Jenevein, Matthew Melcher, Will Collet and James Collet

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League's Debutante Casino Party unfolded in all its splendor at the elegant Arlington Hall on a hot July 21st night. The air was abuzz with excitement and anticipation as the guests donned their elegant cocktail dresses, setting the stage for a night to remember.  

The Debs, Honor Guard, and their families were treated to a magical evening filled with delights, beginning with a delightful array of cocktails that set the perfect tone for the festivities ahead. 

The spotlight shifted to the center stage where Presentation Ball Chair Kristin Cordiak introduced the mesmerizing Yutaka Meyers and the Icehouse Band, one of Dallas's most dynamic and electrifying party bands. Founding member Yutaka took a moment to express his heartfelt appreciation for the Dallas Symphony, a stage that had witnessed the band's unforgettable performances time and again. 

With immense pride in his voice, Yutaka shared a touching anecdote about his son, a musician who had honed his skills through the Young Strings program. Thanks to this remarkable initiative, his son had soared to new heights and was now pursuing his musical dreams at the prestigious New York University. Gratitude filled the air as attendees listened to Yutaka's words, fully aware that their contributions to the Presentation Ball had played a pivotal role in shaping these young musicians' futures. 

The Young Strings program, one of the many beneficiaries of the Presentation Ball's proceeds, has seen numerous participants go on to be admitted to renowned and esteemed higher learning institutions. The knowledge that their celebration tonight would nurture the talents of future generations added an extra layer of significance to the event. 

Among the distinguished guests were DSOL President Nancy Labadie, whose passion has been an inspiration to all, and Denton Bricker, the newly appointed Director of DSO Events and Volunteers, a testament to the orchestra's commitment to excellence. 

As the night came to a close, hearts were filled with gratitude and joy, knowing that their celebration tonight had sowed the seeds of artistic brilliance for generations to come. 

The Casino Party reached its end, marking the culmination of a whirlwind summer activities for the Debutantes. The journey had been filled with enriching experiences, from bow boot camps to delightful lunches and captivating social mixers. This is only a prelude to the grand spectacle that awaits them. 

Sponsors include Park Place, Paper City, Ben E. Keith Company, Allie Beth Allman and Associates, Neiman Marcus, James French Photography, Eiseman Jewels, Ice House Band, Bistro 31, the T Shop, Prestonwood Polo Club, Casci Ornamental and Swoozies.

The countdown has begun for the Debutantes' highly anticipated debut at the 38th Annual Presentation Ball, an iconic event set to unfold on February 10, 2024, at the prestigious Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

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