BSO patrons enjoy insights from insiders

April 19, 1996|By SYLVIA BADGER

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is most fortunate to have such a large family supporting its efforts. One group of supporters is the BSO Symphony Society, whose membership is made up of people who annually donate $1,500 or more.

Recently I attended a delightful luncheon with nearly 150 society members and other VIPs in the lobby of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for a five-year anniversary celebration. The group's original chairs, Connie and Ray Getzov, agreed to come back as chairs this year and help the society make its highest fund-raising goal ever -- $440,000.

One of the perks of this membership was evident after lunch when maestro David Zinman conducted a round-table discussion of the Bolcom Concerto world premiere. Zinman was joined by pianist Leon Fleisher, composer William Bolcom, who was at the luncheon with his wife, Joan Morris, a singer; and Gary Graffman, pianist and director of the Curtis Institute of Music. I had the pleasure of sitting with Graffman, his wife, Naomi; the Getzovs; and a delightful couple from Easton, Christine and Jon Glazier. Others at the luncheon were Buddy and Ellen Zamoiski, he's BSO president; Susan Keating, 1st National Bank; Linda Hambleton Panitz and her husband, Stanley. She's agreed to coordinate Arts Excel, a new curriculum-based music program involving the BSO and 12 area schools; Dr. Sol Snyder; Dorothy McIlvain Scott, BSO board member; and Julie Mercer, president of the Top Brass, another facet of the BSO's fund-raising family.

It was so good to see Dr. Don and Phyllis Brotman, she owns Image Dynamics, out and about again after Don's long illness. He not only feels good, but he's sporting a new mustache. I also chatted with Miriam Brager and her daughter-in-law, Marlene; Dr. Neil Novia; and Sue Cohen, with whom I reminisced about the wonderful parties she gave during Preakness Week when the Cohen family owned Pimlico.

Poly '46

Members of Poly Class of 1946 are getting ready for the big 50 in three weeks. People are coming from near and far to attend the 50th class reunion, which is being chaired by Russell E. Jones, who lives near St. Michaels. Overlea Caterers honcho Larry Stappler has invited approximately 100 of his former classmates for a two-hour harbor cruise, on one of his cruise boats, of course. And they are expecting about 150 people at a dinner dance at the Sheraton Inner Harbor. Throughout the years, two members of the class won the annual Poly Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 1985, it was Vice Admiral James A. Sagerholm, and in 1992 it was George McGowan, retired chairman of BGE. Seems this distinguished pair will also be the dinner speakers.

Novel investing

Susan Laubach, a 15-year veteran of the New York Stock Exchange with a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, has turned her experiences into a charming book. "The Whole Kitt & Caboodle" (Bancroft Press, $16.95) attempts to teach readers the basics of investing in the form of a novel. The story centers around Missy Kitt, fresh from the fields of Backhoe, Neb., who lands a job as a stockbroker with the once glorious, now sagging brokerage firm of Caboddle & Co. As Missy learns the investment biz, so do the readers, with whom she shares her 10 commandments for investing and a four-season portfolio plan, which readers can use to plot their own plans.

Laubach, who lives in Baltimore with her husband and five children, began her career in 1978 at Alex. Brown & Sons as a novice. She rose through the ranks and is said to have tripled the firm's institutional business and trained other brokers, including her husband, Bob. She now heads her own firm, SBL Investment Education. Writing is not new to her. Before her brokerage career, Laubach wrote plays for young people which were produced professionally, and she authored four children's books.

Smokey benefit

Motown legend Smokey "You Really Got a Hold on Me" Robinson will give a benefit performance at the Meyerhoff April 28 for the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust. Call (410) 481-SEAT for tickets $45, $30 and $20 or call (410) 752-2225 for $100 patron tickets, which include a pre-concert reception.

Pub Date: 4/19/96

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