Inside Salk - June 2008 - page 14

A consummate performer whether performing classic pop, jazz
or swing, Pizzarelli continues to set the standard for stylish
modern jazz.
Wilkins returns as this year’s guest conductor giving the
Symphony and audience members another opportunity to enjoy the
special energy he brings to every performance. Wilkins began his
tenure as music director of the Omaha Symphony in the 2006-’07
season and he is also the resident conductor of the Detroit
Symphony. His extraordinary skill and tireless dedication to
promote lifelong enthusiasm for music has made him a favorite
guest conductor for orchestras throughout the country.
Symphony at Salk is one of about 100 annual performances
by the San Diego Symphony, considered one of the leading
orchestras in the country. Offering a wide range of concert
experiences including the Masterworks, Winter and Summer
Pops and the Light bulb Series, the Symphony is committed to
providing musical experiences of superior quality for the local
community and beyond.
Through a richmixture of innovative and cultural programming
that transcends all ages and cultures, the Symphony makes music
an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of San Diego.
Tickets will be available inmid July at $250 each and include
a pre-concert champagne reception, seating for the concert, a
gourmet supper prepared by Jeffrey Strauss, executive chef and
owner of Pamplemousse Grille, wine, refreshments and parking.
For more information, visit
Inside Salk June 2008
John Pizzarelli Trio to Take the Stage During Symphony at Salk
Pizzarelli Trio will perform with the San Diego
Symphony, which will be led by returning guest
conductor Thomas Wilkins, on Aug. 23 for this
year’s Symphony at Salk – A Concert Under
the Stars.
Hailed by critics as one of the most
accomplished interpreters of the Great American
Songbook, John Pizzarelli has cultivated a
winning international career by singing classic
standards and late night ballads while playing
sublime and inventive guitar. His trio is rounded
out by pianist Larry Fuller, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, and drummer
Tony Tedesco.
A native of Paterson New Jersey, Pizzarelli started playing guitar
at age six, following in the tradition of his father, guitar legend
Bucky Pizzarelli. John was exposed to all the great jazz music of the
era by his father and at 20 began his professional career playing by
his side.
In 1982 he formed The John Pizzarelli Trio and toured extensively
to rave reviews that often compare Pizzarelli to the jazz icons that
inspired him. Pizzarelli has performed for labels including RCA,
Chesky, and Stash resulting in over 20 albums as well as collaborative
recordings withmany pop and jazz icons.
While continuing a busy touring schedule, John has also made
numerous stage, screen and television appearances and hosts his own
jazz radio program with his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey.
Interim President Roger Guillemin and
executives from Ipsen to sign a memorandum
of understanding that set the framework for
creating the Ipsen Life Sciences Program at
the Salk Institute.
The agreement will provide Salk with
$7.5 to $12.5million in research grants
over the next three to five years. The Ipsen
Life Sciences Program will sponsor
three categories:
The Target Grant,
about $750,000 a year,
will support research in pituitary problems
that cause acromegaly, a defect in which too
much growth hormone is produced. The
condition causes disfigurement and
gigantism, or excessive growth usually seen
first in the hands, feet and face. About
7,000 people in the United States and
19,000 worldwide have developed
acromegaly. One of the Institute’s goals is to
make the first mouse model for acromegaly
so scientists can use it to test genes
suspected of causing the defect and drugs
that may cure it.
The Core Grant,
about $1.25million a
year, will be awarded to researchers
studying inflammation. Scientists believe
inflammation plays a key role in aging,
neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic
changes andmany kinds of cancer.
The Innovation Grant,
about $500,000
a year, will give young researchers the
chance to explore topics in any category
deemed worthy by a selection panel.
Seated: InterimPresident Roger Guillemin and Ipsen Chairman and CEO Jean-Luc Bálingard.
Standing, from left: Salk Professors Inder Verma, Fred. H. Gage, Tony Hunter, Wylie Vale, Ron Evans, and J.PMoreau,
head of Research and Development at Ipsen.
John Pizzarelli
Institute Signs Agreement
to Establish Ipsen Life
Sciences Program
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