Two New Faces at Corinthian Events

April 18th, 2014

Event Planners Massachusetts New Hires

We are thrilled to introduce you to our two newest team members – Colleen and Dillon!  Please give them a warm CE welcome!

Colleen Lemons

Colleen Lemons became part of the Corinthian Events team in December 2013, shortly after graduating from the University of Kansas in 2011 with a degree in Journalism and History of Art. She was born and raised in Texas, and while she’s finally acclimated to Boston’s temperatures, she still hasn’t lost her southern charm and hospitality. Colleen came to Corinthian Events with experience in meeting and conference management in the healthcare industry, and she loves to work on the set up and flow of events. She is excellent on-site, and she is a natural at building relationships with both our clients and vendors. Beyond the office, Colleen is passionate about art – Van Gogh’s Starry Night is her favorite – and loves to explore, dream about property renovation, and facetime with her niece, Ava.

Dillon Poole

After working as freelance staff at a number of Corinthian Events programs, Dillon Poole signed on fulltime as a Production and Technical Assistant in March 2014. He grew up in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Emerson College in 2012 with a degree in Film Production. Dillon has a strong background in A/V – having worked as a videographer, editor, and crew member – and he is all about event visuals, especially lighting and props. Dillon doesn’t just bring film and production knowledge to the team; clients love his attention to detail, can-do attitude, and excellent customer service. Outside of Corinthian Events, Dillon continues his freelance film work and is currently working on a documentary about honesty in the world of medical error and malpractice. In his remaining free time, Dillon studies Aikido and loves fly fishing, science fiction, and traveling.

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“Hello Boston”: Emirates Airline Gala – In the Numbers

April 4th, 2014

United Staging Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

We’re ending Emirates week with a post about the details! Today the blog features an Emirates Airline Inaugural Gala infographic and you’ll see exactly what went into making this HUGE event at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre happen:

Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

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“Hello Boston”: Emirates Airline Inaugural Gala Dinner

April 3rd, 2014

Citi Performing Arts Wang Theater Marquee

While half of our team was at Logan making sure the Emirates Airline Inaugural Flight had a perfect landing, the other half was at a the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater in Boston getting everything ready for the Inaugural Gala.  Although the media blitz for the Inaugural Flight was huge (and the city was hyped!), the public hadn’t received many details regarding the gala and, trust us, they were quite curious.  Leading up to the date we fielded many phone calls from invited and non-invited guests alike desperate for some clue as to what the evening might entail!

With 400 guests a seated dinner inside the historic Wang Theater might seem impossible, but we made it happen! Over the course of a five day load-in our team partnered with top vendors in Boston to build a four-tiered 72′ x 82′ dining stage over the orchestra seats of the theater for all of the guests to enjoy a gourmet meal and exciting show.  A combination of lighting, audio visual, sound, carpeting, florals and a lot of teamwork brought everything together as we physically altered the existing space to suit our client’s needs.

Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater Seats Staging

Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Stage Build Seats

As guests arrived, they were welcomed onto the red carpet by a whopping 41 valet attendants!  The evening began with real Emirates cabin crew greeting guests and offering them Arabic coffee and traditional almond stuff dates, further exemplifying  the level of hospitality that Emirates Airline is known for.  While the International String Trio serenaded the room, trays of champagne, fresh squeezed juices and a variety of delicious passed hors d’oeuvres were passed to guests.  Still not quite sure what the events of the evening entailed, guests chattered excitedly about what might be in store for them!

Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater

Arabic Coffee Almond Stuffed Dates Hot Towels

Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

Signage Decor Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

Inaugural Gala Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

Soon enough, the theatre doors opened and guests were invited inside to experience the stage build-out first hand.  After a short walk down the aisles, guests were met by ushers who directed them to their respective dining tier on top of the prime seats.  Backed by the first of three stage sets Liz Brunner, Former TV anchor, took the stage as emcee and announced the evening’s festivities.

Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater Historic

Tables Stage Build Out

Inaugural Gala Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater

Governor Deval Patrick and Sir Tim Clark

Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

TV Anchor Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater

Former TV Anchor, Liz Brunner

The night’s entertainment kicked off with iLuminate, stars for the hit TV show America’s Got Talent! As the whole theatre went completely dark all attention focused on the stage for the high energy performance.  The glowing dancers wearing LED light suits dazzled the crowd.  iLuminate completely customized the show for the Emirates Gala with unique dances, a glowing airplane prop, and even included Captain’s hats as a part of their costume.

Glow Dancers Inaugural Gala Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

A brief speaking program and video followed and then the stage completely transformed.  As a laser show began, a 24′ video wall dropped from the ceiling and the surprise headliner’s stage was revealed.  International pop icon, Enrique Iglesias took the stage and the crowd went wild!  The Latin heartthrob was the perfect ending to the evening, taking selfies with the crowd and even bringing a guest up on stage wit him.

International Pop Icon Latin Heartthrob

Inaugural Gala International Pop Star Latin Heartthrob

Another success! In under 24 hours, five days of hard work was struck and the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre was back in it’s original state.  Emirates Airline definitely left it’s mark on Boston and we are so honored to have been involved!

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“Hello Boston”: Emirates Airline Inaugural Flight

April 2nd, 2014

Photo courtesy of the National

As the Emirates Airline Product Presentations wrapped up, we were already hard at work planning two more Emirates events scheduled to happen in Boston in March.  First up, Emirates Inaugural Flight EK237 Event at Logan International Airport.   We jumped at the challenge to transform Gate 4 located within Terminal E into an elegant cocktail reception for local Boston Media and VIP officials from the airport and airline industry.

Logan’s TSA is top notch and our first task was figuring out how to get all of our staff, decor and equipment past security.  We had to follow all of the same rules that apply to travelers.  This meant no water, our floral arrangements which had to be brought in dry and filled in the terminal!  Our tool kit was also significantly lighter than usual.  No sharp objects meant the pliers, scissors and wire cutters had to be left at the office.  Logistically it was a challenge but in the end everyone and everything made it through!

When the inaugural flight touched down on Monday, March 10th, Massport welcomed the “World’s Best Airline” to Boston in style with two water cannon salutes on the tarmac. The Boeing 777-200LR is BIG and features a cabin configured with three classes of service and 266 seats.  Emirates will offer daily nonstop service between Dubai and Boston, making Boston the airlines’ eighth US destination!

Once the aircraft pulled up to the gate the President of Emirates Airline, Sir Tim Clark, joined the celebration that included a press conference featuring Governor Deval Patrick and Massport’s CEO Thomas Glynn. This was not just a momentous celebration for Emirates Airline but also a much anticipated event for the city of Boston and Logan Airport!

Governor Deval Patrick Sir Tim Clark Massport CEO Thomas Glynn

Photo courtesy of Emirates Airline

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