During my career, I had the privilege of attending many galas and black tie events, including ballets, operas, and the Symphony. There was however, one occasion that stands far above all others as THE. MOST. ELEGANT. event I’ve ever attended.
The year was 2003 and our company was host to a North American industry conference being held in Quebec City. The final evening of the 3 day event was a formal dinner held in a tiny historical chapel in the heart of Old Quebec.
Several hundred delegates and their partners – all dressed in formal attire – walked in an escorted procession through closed streets, from the Chateau Frontenac where we were staying, to the former chapel a few blocks away. The entire time the chapel bells were ringing. For me, it had the magic of a fairy tale.
The event not only included a gourmet dinner and an evening of dancing, but a private performance of selected material from the Phantom of the Opera. The acoustics in this beautiful little chapel, combined with its magnificent organ and the brilliant performances of the 2 central characters, gave me goose-bumps.
This would turn out to be the last black tie event our company would sponsor, but I will always remember the magic of this evening.
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