A "Decade of Greatness" sets the stage for another dazzling Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Gala Sept. 12. This year's gala, a 10th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, is appropriately being co-chaired by Terry M. and James Rubenstein. Terry is the granddaughter of the late Joseph Meyerhoff.
The logistics of having 1,000 guests at the Meyerhoff for a concert, dinner and dancing are mind-boggling, but thanks to Mary Foster, who's chairing that committee, it is possible. She's contacted Mountain Production, a firm best known for designing and building stages for major rock stars like Madonna and Michael Jackson, which will build a tiered platform that extends over the entire orchestra level.
Many of the guests will sit at their tables during the BSO concert, and when they adjourn to the lobby for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres after the concert, tables will be set and other tables set up on the stage.
Others working with the Rubensteins are Barbara Cahn, decorations; Ann Grieves, food; John Yuhanick, sponsorships; and Mike and George England, tickets . Which reminds me, all the $500 tickets are gone, so if you'd like to attend, there are just over 200 of the $300 tickets left. Call the BSO at (410) 783-8016
More than 200 people from 13 states will gather today for the Burke family reunion and celebration of the birthday of their oldest relative, Margaret Burke Allen, who will be 100 tomorrow and has lived most of those 100 years in Towson.
Judge Nicholas Charles Burke and his wife, Cecilia Ady, had 10 children, and Mrs. Allen is the only living child. Her father, who died in 1925, was chief judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore, Harford and Carroll Counties and also served on the Maryland Court of Appeals. The highly traveled Burke Avenue in Towson was named after Judge Burke. And I understand that the mother of my old friend Towson attorney, John E. Mudd, was a Burke, so he and his wife, Maureen, will be at the party today.
Chances are the July 31 Johnny Mathis concert at Pier 6 will be just what the doctor ordered for Sheppard Pratt's "Care for Kids" fund. Proceeds from ticket sales will provide financial assistance for children in need of mental health services. Linda Robbins is chairing the benefit committee, which has planned an evening that includes the concert at
8 p.m. followed by a champagne dessert cruise on the Bay Lady. Tickets are $75 and may be reserved by calling (410) 938-3135.
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a busy place, and who should know the problems that need to be addressed better than the captains of the vessels that travel in and around it? In an effort to better communicate and to keep the harbor waterways safe, the captains have formed the Baltimore Harbor Captains' Association and elected Captain Bill Eggert as president. Others who'll be meeting monthly with Eggert are Capt. Nicolas Alley, skipjack Minnie V; Capt. Lisa Bayne, water taxi and new Pride crew member; Don Nicholson, Clipper City; and Bob Swartz, water taxi.
The Baltimore Opera Company's general manager Michael Harrison certainly has panache. Imagine the stares he got from commuters on Eutaw Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard Monday morning as he made his way to work on his bicycle, nattily dressed in a straw hat and seersucker suit. The 18-speed bike was a birthday present from his wife, Patricia, who says she watched him as he left for work, trying to decide whether he reminded her of Tennessee Williams or Tennessee Ernie Ford.
When El Al Airlines opened its new door-to-door service from BWI Tel Aviv, Israel, they called on Schleider Caterers, well-known kosher caterers, to plan an airport celebration. Israeli Ambassador Zalmon Shoval, Sen. Paul Sarbanes, Maryland Secretary of Transportation Jim Lighthizer, Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development secretary Mark Wasserman, vice president and general manager of El Al Leon Hasdai, and Amnon Neubach and Dassi Stern, from the Israeli embassy staff, stopped by.