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Photos: Symphony at Salk; Scientists take a lab break to savor annual gala in La Jolla

Laura Benanti in performance at the 2019 Symphony at Salk gala in La Jolla

Laura Benanti in performance at the 2019 Symphony at Salk gala in La Jolla

(Photo by Vincent Andrunas)

The 24th annual Symphony at Salk gala, Aug. 24, 2019 was an unforgettable night of music featuring Broadway hits performed by Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti, accompanied by the San Diego Symphony under the direction of guest conductor Michael Krajewski.

Guests were treated to a Champagne reception with food stations and plenty of time for mixing and mingling, followed by dinner and the two-act concert under the stars at 8 p.m. on the Salk Institute for Biological Studies campus. Dessert was served during intermission.

Salk president Fred “Rusty” Gage welcomed the sold-out crowd and thanked sponsors and volunteers for making the occasion so special. The highlight of the evening was Benanti’s rendition of the “Sound of Music” classic, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” reminding those gathered (in the spirit of science) to “Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, till you find your dream!”

Learn more at symphony.salk.edu

Gareth and Catherine Jennings, Sally and Nabil Kabro
Gareth and Catherine Jennings, Sally and Nabil Kabro
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Robert and Luisa Sanchez with former Salk president and 1977 Nobel Laureate Roger Guillemin and Claire Guillemin
Robert and Luisa Sanchez with former Salk president and 1977 Nobel Laureate Roger Guillemin and Claire Guillemin
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Michael and Brigitta Best, Nancy McTigue and Gerald Joyce
Michael and Brigitta Best, Nancy McTigue and Gerald Joyce
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Erik Matwijkow, Debbie Turner, Peter Cooper, Jeanne Jones
Erik Matwijkow, Debbie Turner, Peter Cooper, Jeanne Jones
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Jeffry and Sandra Schafer, Cheryl Mitchell, Reena and Sam Horowitz
Jeffry and Sandra Schafer, Cheryl Mitchell, Reena and Sam Horowitz
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Michele Bernique, Tina Simner, Junko Vajda, Kay Wren
Michele Bernique, Tina Simner, Junko Vajda, Kay Wren
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Dave and Phyllis Snyder, Kristi Pieper, Jennifer and Richard Greenfield
Dave and Phyllis Snyder, Kristi Pieper, Jennifer and Richard Greenfield
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Sheryl White, Iris Strauss, Karen Cohn, Lise Wilson
Sheryl White, Iris Strauss, Karen Cohn, Lise Wilson
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Tatjana Soli, Sandrine Belanger, Cheryl Dean
Tatjana Soli, Sandrine Belanger, Cheryl Dean
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Nicholas McGegan, Jane and Eric Sagerman, Hyunah Yu, Salk president emeritus William Brody
Nicholas McGegan, Jane and Eric Sagerman, Hyunah Yu, Salk president emeritus William Brody
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Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Edward and Martha Dennis
Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Edward and Martha Dennis
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Ann Spira, Ben Campbell, Nicole Rosen
Ann Spira, Ben Campbell, Nicole Rosen
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Salk board member Haeyoung Tang, Peggy Schapiro, Judith Adler
Salk board member Haeyoung Tang, Peggy Schapiro, Judith Adler
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Denny Sanford, Valerie Montoya, Roger Bingham
Denny Sanford, Valerie Montoya, Roger Bingham
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Raj Krishnan, Debby and Wainwright Fishburn
Raj Krishnan, Debby and Wainwright Fishburn
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Helen Li, Claire Reiss
Helen Li, Claire Reiss
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Bob Rubenstein and Marie Raftery
Bob Rubenstein and Marie Raftery
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Eileen and Leonard Herman
Eileen and Leonard Herman
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