Sinfonia Gulf Coast created a drum-roll of anticipation last week with its Crescendo! Kick-off Fashion Lunch.
Formerly part of the Wine, Women & Shoes events, Crescendo! is Sinfonia's new series.
A couple of hundred women came together at Bijoux café to have some fun while supporting the orchestra to kick off its upcoming events.
This year's theme is Audrey Hepburn, and the luncheon's diners witnessed the Hepburn style on models wearing fashions from Today's Boutique and Wren's Village Boutique.
Proceeds from all the events benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music in education programs. These include Carnegie Link Up, live orchestra performances for students, musicians and artists in schools, youth orchestra programs, arts in medicine and paint the music project.
The next Sinfonia event will be Classical Connections at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin on Jan. 26.
Crescendo Vintner Dinners will be Feb. 16 with a guest chef at the homes of supporters.
This year's guest wineries include Mondavi, Biagi, Blackbird Vineyards, Calluna, Charles Krug, Dunstan, Sanglier, Silver Trident, and Tournesol. Vintners from these wineries will be pared with local chefs Nikhil Abuvala, Chris Holbrook, Jack McGuckin, Brendan Davey, and Jude Tauzin at each wine dinner.
The main event will be Feb. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Sandestin with vintners pouring their wines, small bites, a seated lunch, auction items, and a musical guest.
Money from these events has increased Sinfonia's presence in schools 400 percent in Walton and Okaloosa counties.
"Since 2014, we have impacted 3,500 students," said Sinfonia Board President Jeff Dannelly.
For more information, visit www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org.