Retton is a gold-medal guest at party for Olympic committee

SYLVIA BADGER

March 08, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

Steve Burch, president of Comcast Cable, held a delightful party at Harbor Court Hotel last week for members of the Maryland Olympic committee.

The guest of honor was gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton, who is an enthusiastic representative of the sport. She looked fabulous in a purple dress and a huge amethyst necklace around her neck.

She was especially happy to see 1964 gold medal winner Greg Weiss, and after trading old war stories about their travels, she went on to greet other guests and chat about the Olympic trials to be held at the Baltimore Arena in June.

Others working to make the trials a success are Barbara and Tom Bozzuto, Charlotte McCarthy, Ron Creamer, Donna Patterson, Edie Brown, Floraine Applefeld, Mac and Helen Passano, Tom Matte, Bruce Hoffman, George Acton and Vernard Wynn and many others.

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An evening of magic is a perfect fund-raiser for the Magic Me organization. On March 31, David Copperfield returns to

Baltimore with his "Magic for the Nineties" show at the Lyric Opera House. Magic Me, an 11-year-old organization that places middle-school children in long-term relationships with elderly nursing home residents, was founded by Kathy Levin, one of the producers of the recent Broadway show at the Mechanic, "A Few Good Men."

These children, without compensation, pay weekly visits to their nursing home friends.

This program, like most non-profits, needs money, and that's why Copperfield is appearing. Call (410) 837-4845 for benefit tickets, which are $100, $50 and $37.50. The $100 ticket includes a reception, where you can meet Copperfield after the show.

FYI: This organization is so well-known throughout the country that Levin was among the guests invited by President and Mrs. George Bush to a recent White House luncheon.

The Baltimore Opera Company's general director Michael Harrison looked sharp at a Maryland Club lunch last week at which Tim Windsor, a new trustee who has agreed to chair the 1992 Opera Ball in the fall, was host. Harrison had returned the night before from a weeklong "go to the opera" trip in Germany and Switzerland.

While there, he caught up with Baltimoreans making headlines at leading opera houses. In Geneva, Harrison saw Chris Merritt starring in the title role of Berlioz's "Benvenuto Cellini," a new production expected to play major U.S. opera houses in future seasons.

What's so amazing about this production is that every night of rTC the eight performances, a statue of Perseus is cast onstage. Harrison isn't revealing just how this is done.

In Munich, he lunched with international opera star James Morris, following his riveting performance as Don Giovanni at the Bayrischer Staatsoper. He also attended a modern "Salome" and the debut of American soprano Janet Hardy in the role of the Strauss Elektra in Augsburg.

Now it's back to business for Harrison who left the luncheon to watch rehearsals for the Baltimore Opera Company's production "The Daughter of the Regiment" by Donizetti at the Lyric Opera House March 21, 25, 27, 29.

This new production of an old favorite will bring another old favorite of the opera world to Baltimore -- Patrice Munsel, who will make a cameo appearance as the Duchess of Karkenthorp.

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