Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


September 16, 2001|By Sloane Brown

How could you tell the 19th annual Baltimore Symphony Gala had a French theme? Well, there was that beret atop BSO board chair Calman J. "Buddy" Zamoiski, as he welcomed guests to "Gaiete Parisienne." Then, there were those Parisian-style street signs and lamps decorating the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall lobby, and the mini Eiffel tower centerpieces on dinner tables in the auditorium. Or maybe that group of can-can dancers gave it away.

If all those hints failed, the concert confirmed it. BSO music director Yuri Temirkanov led the orchestra through pieces by French composers, concluding with American composer George Gershwin's riff on the theme "An American in Paris."

Among the evening's 900-hommes et femmes: Susan and Scott Wilfong, event co-chairs; David and Sharon Nevins, ticket co-chairs; Janice Gamble, Margaret D. Armstrong and Carole Sibel, event committee members; Ryda Levi, BSO life director; Peter G. Angelos, Willard Hackerman, Wendy Jachman, Marsha Jews, Beth Kaplan, Dr. Murray Kappelman, Theo C. Rodgers and Sig Shapiro, BSO board members; Bill Hopkinson, Clear Channel Baltimore director of sales; David Kornblatt, Kornblatt Co. president / CEO; Tom Burden, Trahan, Burden & Charles president; Michele Whelley, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore president; Steve Ziger, Ziger / Snead Architects partner; Dr. Rosetta Stith, Paquin School director; Carroll Nordhoff, McCormick & Co. executive vice president; Kay MacIntosh, Style Magazine editor; Connie Caplan, Time Group chairman; Marcellous Frye, Lexus diagnostic specialist; Pat Mitchell, IBM vice president; Ed Martel, Martel and Associates president; Dan Knise, Washington Baltimore 2012 president / CEO; Wil Sirota, Piper Marbury partner; Jill Newman, Baltimore freelance writer; Ann Murray, Maryland Public Television development director; and Julie Gordon, George Mason University doctoral student.

The French-themed frolic raised at least $150,000 for the BSO.

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