Scene & Heard: BSO Gala
( Karen Jackson / September 18, 2012 )
Cars lined up outside Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Red-shirted valets rushed to open doors as men in tuxedos and women wrapped in sparkles and shine emerged to join another line leading into a large tent outside the hall. The social swirl under that tarp -- the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Gala -- signaled that Baltimore's fall party season was now officially underway.
"It's so much fun to be at the premiere of the season and have classical music presented in this way," said Marjorie Rodgers Cheshire, A&R Companies executive vice president, there with her husband, Mark Cheshire, Baltimore state's attorney's office spokesman. "We love it."
"It's really special because it's the 30th-year anniversary in the hall. ... What can I say? I'm a happy camper," said Rheda Becker, BSO narrator.
"You get to see a whole lot of people you haven't seen before, and you get to hear music you can actually understand the words to," said Lou Kousouris, Baltimore Orioles vice president, referring to guest artist Renee Fleming, who would be performing later that evening.
Meanwhile, his boss, Orioles' owner Peter Angelos, was being heartily congratulated on the baseball team's winning season by a number of fellow guests.
"[We have] beautiful weather, two winning teams, and we're dressed up. What's to complain about, right?" said Susie Chisolm, Executive Welcome president.
-- Sloane Brown
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