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Here’s looking at you, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus! ‘As Time Goes By’ gala raises $43,000

Gala co-chairs Peter Gourevitch, Celia Falicov, Pat Finn-Burkhard, Walt Burkhard
Gala co-chairs Peter Gourevitch, Celia Falicov, Pat Finn-Burkhard, Walt Burkhard
( Milan Kovacevic)

More than 140 guests gathered at The Westgate Hotel on Oct. 6, to kick-off the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) 2018-19 season (its 64th!) during its annual gala benefit. This year’s fundraiser, “As Time Goes By,” took its theme from the classic movie “Casablanca.” Elements of the film were seen throughout the décor, and many guests dressed in vintage clothes and white dinner jackets, alá Humphrey Bogart’s character, Rick Blaine.

The LJS&C also paid tribute to this year’s “Arts Angel,” Tijuana-based Lux Boreal Dance Troupe, which was recognized for its many cross-border artistic collaborations, including three performances with LJS&C.

The evening included musical interludes by past and present winners of the LJS&C Young Artists Competition, concluding with “As Time Goes By,” sung by 2018 winner soprano Eden Tremayne.

Gala proceeds benefit the LJS&C’s artistic mission and its programs for young musicians, emerging composers and young audiences.

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The first concert of the new season features conductors Steven Schick and Michael Gerdes in a program featuring Zosha de Castri’s “Lineage,” Tan Dun’s “Water Concerto,” and Igor Stravinsky’s “Petrushka,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at Mandeville Auditorium on UC San Diego campus. Tickets are $15-$35. (858) 534-4637. lajollasymphony.com

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Past and present Young Artist Competition winners, soprano Eden Tremayne (2018) and pianist Ines Irawati (2005)
( Milan Kovacevic )

 

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Jeanne Ferrante and J. Lawrence Carter
( Milan Kovacevic )

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Brenda Schick and LJS&C music director Steven Schick
( Milan Kovacevic )

 

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Catherine Palmer, Erika Torri, Bob Palmer
( Milan Kovacevic )

 

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Accepting the Arts Angel award are Lux Boreal Dance Troupe’s Maribel Durozo and co-artistic directors Henry Torres-Blanco and Angel Arambula.
( Milan Kovacevic )

 

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Paul Yu, Cecil Lytle, Celia Falicov, Peter Gourevitch, Betty McManus
( Milan Kovacevic )
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Casablanca’s Rick’s Café Americain welcomes gala guests to the silent auction and reception.
( Milan Kovacevic )


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