Inside Salk - October 2009 - page 23

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Inside SalkOctober 2009
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Broadway Veteran Bernadette Peters Dazzles Symphony at Salk Audience
Evena torrentialmorningrainstorm
failed to dampen excitement for the 14
th
annual
Symphony at Salk concert held Aug. 22 at the
Institute’s cliff-top courtyard overlooking the
Pacific Ocean. Mother Nature was quickly up-
staged by a spectacular evening of music that
combined the talents of multi-award winning
performer Bernadette Peters and the San Diego
Symphony led by returning guest conductor
ThomasWilkins.
Nearly 700 people gathered at the Institute
to enjoy an exceptional evening of dining and
entertainment at the sold-out fundraiser that
raisedmore than $784,000— a new record—
to benefit the Salk’s groundbreaking research
and its community outreach programs.
Peters dazzled the audience with her amaz-
ing vocal range that ensured every song was
delivered to ultimate effect. She performed an
eclecticmix of selections that showcased her
versatility whether she was strutting through the
Broadway belter “Ain’t Nothing Like a Dame,”
heating things upwith “Fever,” or singing the
sweet and poignant ballad “Shenandoah.”
Peters easily connectedwith the audience
between songs, delighting themwith playful
conversation and racy banter that kept the
show at a lively pace until her exhilarating
finale, which included a haunting rendition of
“I Honestly Love You” and “Some Other Time.”
Her showwas preceded by a rousing per-
formance by the SanDiego Symphony under
the skillful direction of MaestroWilkins playing
selections by Franz von Suppe, Gabriel Faure
and a stirring rendition of Johann Strauss Jr.’s
“Emperor Waltzes.”
A champagne reception kicked off the festivi-
ties as guestsmingled in the eucalyptus grove
and bid on several unique items offered at the
event’s first-ever silent auction. Prior to the start
of the concert, they also enjoyed a delectable
meal prepared by critically acclaimed award-
winning chef and owner of Pamplemousse Grille
Jeffrey Strauss, who catered the event for the
second year in a row.
Nearly700 people gathered for an exceptional evening
that raised $784K forbasic research.
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