Dudley Moore was a "10" last Sunday evening. His performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was sensational.
And the chemistry was evident between Moore and the BSO's talented maestro, David Zinman, who asked Moore: "What was Bo Derek really like?" "Well, (a pause) very dedicated to her husband. While we were rolling around in the surf, all she did was laugh!"
Moore was in town as the guest artist with the 1992 Martell Cordon Bleu Concert Series. Baltimore was the first of four Martell concerts that Moore will do this year.
After the concert, several hundred people gathered at the Harbor Court Hotel for an elegant supper party orchestrated by Chef Michael Rork.
I thought I'd died and gone to heaven, when I found that I was sitting at Dudley Moore's table. Others at the table were Zinman and his wife, Mary, who is a BSO violist; Ellen and Buddy Zamoiski (he is returning as president of the BSO board in June); and a delightful couple from London, Jonathan Hewes and Jan Younghusband, producers from Initial Television in London who had flown to Baltimore to talk to Moore about doing a series for their company.
As soon as guests were seated, Francis Dolard, general manager of J&F; Martell U.S.A., began the ceremonies that honored Harvey Meyerhoff for carrying on his family's legacy in the field of culture; Wendell G. Wright for devoting the last 16 years to helping emerging artists; David Zinman, who has led our orchestra to world-class status; and Gov. William Donald Schaefer for his support of the arts. All received the Prix de Martell Award. The most touching moment came when cellist Troy Kenneth Stuart, one of Baltimore's most promising talents, accepted his Martell scholarship from Moore.
I was delighted to see old friends Jackie McCurdy and her sister, Arden. Jackie left Towson some time ago to become general counsel for Seagram, and she is now their chief lobbyist. (Seagram owns Martell.) Others at the party were Linda and Stanley Panitz; Jody and David Albright; Lainy LeBow, who was the governor's escort; Dr. Nelson Hendler and his wife, Lee Meyerhoff-Hendler; Diane and Nick Brown; Harvey's wife, Lois Wyse-Meyerhoff; Deke and Sally Miller; Mel and Lee Mintz; Jennifer and Joe Meyerhoff; Charles and Fran Angelino (she's president of the BSO Associates); Granville Wright; Marsha Koger, and Wealtha and Jim Flick.
T'was an evening of a lifetime. Especially when Zinman and Moore stood back to back so we could decide who was the tallest -- it was a tie.
There are still a few tickets left for the Friday's 11:30 p.m. performance at Center Stage by Tommy Tune and fellow cast members from "Bye Bye Birdie." What's so different about this "Backstage at Bye Bye Birdie" fund-raiser for the Chase-Brexton AIDS Clinic and Equity Fights AIDS is that Tune and his friends are donating their time and Center Stage is donating the auditorium.
The doors will open at 10:30 p.m. and the tickets are $25 and $35, which includes the show and a catered reception with the cast after the show. Call (410) 332-0033 for tickets. I'm told that Baltimore filmmaker John Waters and City Council President Mary Pat Clarke have already bought their tickets.
Marjorie Kovens-Pylant and her husband, Jeff (former "Evening Mag" host) Pylant are co-chairing the SFA/USA Fashion Show to benefit the Walters Art Gallery on March 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at the Walters. Tickets are $100 and you can rTC have "dinner on the run" and get a first-hand look at the latest on the fashion runway from biggie designers like Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass and Carolina Herrera.
I couldn't help but wonder what one might wear when they were co-chairing such a "dressy" fund-raiser. Rest assured that Marjorie will be right at home in her Peggy Jennings original. A red woven cashmere suit, with black velvet insets, and a white satin blouse. Call Nancy Sachs, (410) 363-7200, for tickets.