83rd Washington National Symphony Ball

Cocktails, including Manhattans, were served on the Kennedy Center terrace to guests at the 83rd annual National Symphony Orchestra Ball. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser greets a guest attending the symphony ball. Kaiser was recently married at the Kennedy Center, in a ceremony officiated by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Symphony patron Sachiko Kuno, head of the S&R Foundation, which sponsors many young artists, with Canadian pianist Ryo Yanagitani, who has performed in S&R’s Evermay concert series. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The opening night audience at the National Symphony Orchestra. A gala ball would follow. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Maestro Christoph Eschenbach cues the National Symphony Orchestra and the audience for a rousing version of the national anthem. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The symphony ball was held in a tent with see-through panes that provided a view of a Center wall. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Among the symphony ball’s leading patrons were Ambassador Michael Moussa-Adamo of Gabon and his wife, Bridgette, here with Kennedy Center board chairman David Rubenstein. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Keyboardist Cameron Carpenter with Adrienne Arsht, a former chair of the National Symphony Ball. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Sydney “Nini” Johnson and Jay Johnson co-chaired the ball. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Decor included candles on the tables and suspended in the air. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Guests at the National Symphony Ball took to the dance floor both before and after dinner. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

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