This year's Symphony at Salk – A Concert Under the Stars will feature the two-time Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters, who will perform with the San Diego Symphony and returning guest conductor Thomas Wilkins on Aug. 22. The al fresco fundraiser supports basic biological research and the Institute's community education programs.
A performer of amazing versatility with a career that spans five decades, Peters has starred in musical theatre, films and television as well as headlining solo concerts and recordings. Most recently, she guest-starred on the hit TV show, Ugly Betty, as Editor Jodie Papadakis.
One of the most critically acclaimed Broadway actresses and the youngest person ever inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, Peters has won virtually every major theatrical award, including two Tonys (Song and Dance, 1986; Annie Get Your Gun, 1999) three Drama Desk Awards and a Golden Globe. She recorded four Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast albums, along with six solo albums that have produced several popular singles.
The New York Times wrote: "She is the voice of Sondheim, the face of Broadway, an actress as beloved for her concerts and recordings as for her iconic stage roles. As an actress, singer, comedienne, and all-around warming presence, Bernadette Peters has no peer in musical theatre right now and her vivid theatricality registers with rare impact."
Maestro Wilkins returns to lead the San Diego Symphony for the fifth consecutive year – bringing his dynamic energy, warmth and charm that have made him a highly sought after guest conductor across the United States. This year, Wilkins began his first season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Honorary chair of Symphony at Salk is internationally renowned artist Françoise Gilot, widow of Jonas Salk. Gilot's artwork, Sun Emblem (1980), provides this year's visual theme. It is part of the artist's Floating Paintings series, a selection of which was recently on display at the Salk Institute.
Tickets to Symphony at Salk are now available for $250 each. Event festivities include champagne reception at 5 p.m.; Institute tours at 5:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.; supper at 6 p.m.; and musical program at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 858-453-4100, ext. 1882, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.