The American Heart Association hosted back-to-back weekends of the American Heart Association Ball in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Charlotte Convention Center, and in Hickory, North Carolina, at The Crossing at Hollar Mill. This black tie gala was not only elegant and fancy with the glitz and glam movie-like atmosphere, but also provided epic music for its guests. The color themes for both nights were red, black, and gold Hollywood with sparkling silver details.
"The American Heart Association has been fighting heart disease and stroke disease while striving the save and improve lives daily. The American Heart Association's mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. The American Heart Association states, 'Our size and scope let us have real impact. The AHA has invested more than $4.8 billion in research, making us the largest not-for-profit funding source for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease research next to the federal government.'"
Our setlists included movie themes to create a red carpet ambience and included some of the following: "Kiss the Girl (Disney's The Little Mermaid", "Avenger's Theme", "My Heart Will Go On (Titanic), "Theme from Jurassic Park", "Concerning Hobbits", and many more well-known arrangements. Throughout the first set, we played calm and classic music. We then played set two which was comprised of upbeat and exciting pop music with tons of energy. While dinner was happening, the music became more mellow as people settled in and talked amongst themselves.
The Greater Charlotte Ball at the Nascar Hall of Fame Crown Ballroom was played by our Charlotte string quartet of two violins, a viola, and a cello, whereas the Heart of Catawba Valley Heart Ball was played by our string trio. The trio of two violins and a cello at The Crossing at Hollar Milll was played on-stage and illuminated the room. What an elegant event!
Our musician team prepared and prepped for both events by talking through the songs as a group while also discussing the order of events so that during the performance, we had a clear vision of our finalized instrumentation. While we were conducting sound check, we vocalized any individual and group needs and concerns to be had which significantly helped us all to hear each other throughout the American Heart Association Ball galas. The necessary adjustments worked seamlessly to be able to amplify the sound throughout the ballroom spaces so that regardless of where people were standing throughout the room with the loud chatter of noise, they were able to hear us play. With our team's collaboration, focus to detail, and teamwork leading up to both events and on the day of, the galas went on without a hitch.... and were so much fun... and raised lots of money for charity!
The American Heart Association fundraiser gala was a must-attend event made possible by the American Heart Association and through the collaboration of phenomenal vendors that made this stunning event come together. The Hollywood theme was the perfect way to kick off the night of fun, entertainment, and fundraising for a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.
April is a professional violinist and the music coordinator for Dean's Duets.