The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its 87th season on Saturday, August 28th with “Rhapsody in Blue” gala at the Tropicana Riverfront Event Center, located at 421 NW Riverside Drive, beginning at 6:00 PM. Event Sponsor is Kenny Kent Lexus and Raffle Sponsor is Diamond Galleria.

The event begins with a champagne and hors d'oeuvres welcome followed by a Twenties-themed dinner catered by Michelle Horty and her Tropicana staff. Local bands will be performing throughout the evening, including After Hours, Tom Drury on piano, and Monte Skelton, bringing instrumental music during the social hour, dinner, and evening dancing.

In addition to enjoying the culinary and musical delights of the evening, guests have the opportunity to bid on several live and silent auction items through “One Cause” online bidding, including a 2021 Holiday Party for 30 guests hosted by Jef & Neal Franklin and Mark & Shelah Powers, “Wine with Wags” wine tasting at the home of Dr. Lee & Kirsten Wagmeister, Bonefish Grill Excursion for 8, Local Architectural Landmark Painting by Cedric Hustace, a private performance by the Eykamp String Quartet, gift baskets, homemade jams, bread, cakes, & pies, framed Michael Godard print, wagon full of a variety of red and white wine, galvanized tub full of liquor and spirits, gift certificates, and more! A Fund-A-Need auction will also take place to help raise funds to co-sponsor one of the 2021 – 2022 EPO concerts.

A raffle drawing for an 18k white gold, diamond and green agate pendant, ring and earring set valued at $9,547.00 will take place during the evening. Purchase one ticket for $75 or two tickets for $100. Period dress and black-tie attire are optional. The cost of this annual event is $125 per individual and table sponsorships are available. Gala attendees must be 21 years or older. Reservations are required and must be received by 5:00 PM, Monday, August 16. For more information, contact Chris Harp 812.425.5050, Ext 311.