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Singing sensation LeAnn Rimes performs at 17th annual Symphony at Salk

Sold-out show raises over $900,000 for research and education outreach


Conductor Thomas Wilkins with the San Diego Symphony

What better way to savor a San Diego summer night? On the evening of August 25, the audience that gathered at the Salk Institute would have answered that question with a unanimous response—Symphony at Salk: a Concert Under the Stars.

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes

For 17 summers now, the annual fundraiser has brought scores of music lovers and science supporters to the Institute for an unforgettable evening. Guests began this year's event sipping champagne at an outdoor reception on the magnificent Salk courtyard, followed by a gourmet dinner specially prepared by award-winning chef Jeffrey Strauss, owner of the critically acclaimed Pamplemousse Grille.

As the sun set over the ocean-view terrace, the San Diego Symphony took the stage, once again led by special guest conductor Thomas Wilkins, who with one wave of his baton began an extraordinary show . The musicians played a rousing set of countryinspired classics to set the mood for the concert's much-anticipated headliner, award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes. From the moment Rimes walked on stage until the last note of the night, she held the rapt attention of the crowd as she performed a selection of her hits, including "Can't Fight the Moonlight" and "How Do I Live." Rimes brought the evening to a close with an incomparable rendition of "Amazing Grace."

More than 700 people attended the sold-out gala, which raised over $900,000 to benefit Salk scientific research and educational outreach programs.

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