Mel Torme to sing at Meyerhoff while new jazz orchestra plays

October 16, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

When Mel Torme appears onstage at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Oct. 27-29, it won't be the Tommy Dorsey Band that will accompany him. Nope, the new Baltimore Jazz Orchestra got the nod, thanks to a few kind words from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra officials, who heard them play last summer.

This newly formed 17-piece orchestra was created by Ed Goldstein, director of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, and Louis Hecht, jazz historian, but the music that they are re-creating consists of original arrangements from the big bands of the '30s, '40s and '50s.

Isn't it terrific that local musicians were chosen over those with a national reputation? The Baltimore Jazz Orchestra will not only play with Torme, it'll also open the show with a half-hour set.

Tickets range in price from $23 to $53; reserve by calling (800) 442-1198.

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Several hundred people attended this year's Celebrity Small Talk, at the USF&G complex, to help raise $20,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Association.

The fund-raiser's format seems to be popular with partygoers. It's like a cocktail party where you meet lots of interesting new people, and guests hobnob with local celeb types like Hall of Fame sportscaster Chuck Thompson, conductor Ed Polochick, artist Bennard Perlman, and Channel 2 personalities Sherry Jones and Tony Pagnotti.

(I must say this is the first party I've ever attended that served only white drinks, i.e., no dark liquors or red wines. This is the rule of the house, because of possible staining should someone spill.)

Guests included Eleanor Rosenberg, Alvin Myerberg, Bea Hackerman, Richard Hoffberger, Dr. and Mrs. James Flynn, Ethel Diggs, Dr. and Mrs. Ramesh Sardana, Jeanne Schlossberg, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Taubman and Chuck Stapleton, USF&G legal eagle, with Fran Rossi on his arm.

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It's nice to know that the recent GBMC Classic wasn't a washout. Some hearty golfers managed to get in eight rounds before heavy rain and wind swept them off the course.

Highlights included the banquet remarks of Jim Speros, owner of Baltimore's CFL team; Dr. Giles Manley's excitement after winning the "Hit the Green Contest" to the tune of about $200 and a case of chardonnay; Dr. Bernard McGibbon's presentation to low netters, former Colts Tom Matte and Bruce Laird and Classic co-chair Keith Neff; and the fact that more than $30,000 was raised for the hospital medical staff's nursing-health professional education fund.

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On Oct. 26, something a little different will be on the happy-hour menu at Winterling's Restaurant and Lounge, 3200 Foster Ave., which is just off Eastern Avenue near Patterson Park. That night, Winterling's will hold its first monthly game show, "Jeoparty," where contestants will compete in an array of categories for cash prizes, for about an hour.

Winterling's chef Michael Dalesio has promised to create some treats for happy-hour guests, so stop by at 6:30 p.m. for the games and stay for dinner. Call (410) 732-7731 for an application or a reservation, and I'll see you there.

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Next Sunday, six of Baltimore's finest chefs will prepare regional specialties at Boordy Vineyards' Wine Fest. And when I say finest, just take a look at this lineup -- Nancy Longo of Pierpoint's, Donna Crivello of Donna's restaurants, Gino Troia of Cafe Troia, Michael Gettier of M. Gettier, Spike Gjerde of Spike and Charlie's, and Harold Marmulstein of the Polo Grill.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Boordy wines will be served with entrees, and guests will sample the 1994 nouveau wine.

Tickets are sold out for next week's event, which will benefit the Trust for Public Land.

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