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19th annual Symphony at Salk an evening of magical performances

19th annual Symphony at Salk

19th annual Symphony at Salk

Over 750 music lovers and friends of the Salk Institute descended upon the grounds on August 23 for one of summer’s premier events, the 19th annual Symphony at Salk. The Institute’s largest fundraiser of the year raised $820,000 to support science research.

Returning for his tenth consecutive year, Maestro Thomas Wilkins led the famed San Diego Symphony for a program that started off with Gioachino Rossini’s overture to his opera La Gazza Ladra. The highlight of the evening was a surprise performance on the piano by William Brody, president of the Salk Institute, who received a standing ovation after a masterful rendition of Rhapsody in Blue.

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Joining the symphony on stage for the second half of the program was Emmy-, Tony- and Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison. Morrison, who stars in the TV show Glee, delighted the audience with classics such as “The Lady is a Tramp” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).”

Before the concert, guests were treated to a gourmet dinner in the Institute’s iconic courtyard, prepared by celebrated chef Jeffrey Strauss, owner of the critically acclaimed Pamplemousse Grille. Symphony at Salk was made possible through the generous support of title sponsor Conrad T. Prebys and Debra Turner along with Audrey Geisel, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Liz Keadle, Martina and Daniel Lewis, Becky and Ralph O’Connor, Pfizer, and Darlene Marcos Shiley. The stellar evening reaffirmed Symphony at Salk as the premier event of the summer in San Diego.