Young Audiences of Maryland

MARYLAND SCENE

January 13, 2002|By Sloane Brown

The dinner came with artistic garnishes at "Class Act X, 2001: An Arts Odyssey," Young Audiences of Maryland's annual event, held this year at the Peabody Library. Each course of the meal was followed by a performance by a Young Audiences artist or group who performs at scores of Maryland schools each year.

The salad of field greens, dried cranberries and walnuts came with a side of piano, courtesy of musician Kevin Gift. Peppercorn-crusted beef tenderloin and salmon with mustard parsley glaze was followed with a healthy serving of the Bay Street Brassworks brass quintet.

The evening finished with a feathery flourish -- in an auction of the 4-foot-tall handmade flamingo sculptures that had served as table centerpieces. Among the 160 guests eating it all up: Eric Pripstein and Mike Winner, event co-chairs; Henry Dugan and Ruth Jakubowski, event honorees; Nan Rosenthal and Donna Sherman, event committee members; Gilbert Brungardt, Young Audiences board president; Jennifer Burdick, Norris Brodsky, Jennifer Carr, Lois Baldwin DeVoe and Ellen Stokes, Young Audiences board members; Patricia Thomas, Young Audiences executive director; Joan Willen Cohen, Baltimore Public Schools fine arts specialist; Jack Antwerpen, Antwerpen Automotive Group CEO; Dyana Neal, WBJC radio announcer; Dr. Phil Goldstein, Washington, D.C., obstetrician; Jerry Pellegrino, Corks restaurant chef; Freddy Lawson, Bank of America client manager; Julius Taylor, Morgan State University professor emeritus; Beth Volk, Allied Investment Advisors principal; and Roger Birkel, Baltimore Zoo executive director.

The party raised more than $44,000 for Young Audiences of Maryland's arts-in-education services.

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