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Symphony at Salk Raises Record $690K for Research

More than 580 guests and music aficionados gathered at the Institute on Aug. 23 to attend the 13th annual Symphony at Salk where more than $690,000 was raised in support of scientific research and community outreach programs such as the Salk Mobile Science Lab and the High School Science Day.

Jazz vocalist and guitarist John Pizzarelli gave a memorable performance that demonstrated why has come to be known as a consummate entertainer when he crooned to the delight of the audience.

Playing several classic jazz standards, including selections made famous by Frank Sinatra, The John Pizzarelli Trio brought a whole new vibe to the Institute's annual fundraiser this year. Rounding out Pizzarelli's group was pianist Larry Fuller, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, and Tony Tedesco on drums.

The San Diego Symphony, led by returning guest conductor Thomas Wilkins, joined Pizzarelli on stage, starting off each set with moving pieces by Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Delibes and Bizet. This year's fundraiser also included a delicious supper specially prepared by guest chef Jeffrey Strauss, whose flair for presentation and taste has been enjoyed by U.S. Presidents and Hollywood stars alike.

Symphony at Salk

Clockwise from top: Guests at the 13th annual Symphony at Salk included Martha Dominguez (from left), sponsors Jean and Steve Hamerslag, Reza Jarrahy with his wife, actress Geena Davis, Mimi Guarneri, Rauni King and David Dominguez. Night falls as the San Diego Symphony plays. Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli takes the stage. Standing: Rafael and Marina Pastor, Jahja Ling and Jessie Chang, Nancy Marlboro and Bob Coates; Seated: Linda Chester, Kenneth Rind, Jeri and Richard Rovsek. Guests enjoy supper alfresco.