There were more music lovers than you could shake a baton at. But Marvin Hamlisch certainly gave it his all at the 17th annual Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Gala. The BSO's principal pops conductor led the orchestra in a swinging concert before a sold-out crowd of more than 1,000 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
But that was only the first movement. Next, the bedecked bunch enjoyed hors d'oeuvres in the hall's foyer, then dinner on a temporary floor in the auditorium. The grand finale to the evening was dancing in the lobby.
Noted in this musical arrangement: Marsha and Bill Jews, event chairs; Nan Rosenthal, Margaret Armstrong, Rand Mason and Blanche Rodgers, event committee members; Calman J. "Buddy" Zamoiski Jr., BSO chairman and CEO; John Gidwitz, BSO president; Peter Angelos, Alan Rifkin and Sherry Bellamy, BSO board members; Joe Haskins, president and CEO of Harbor Bank; Leonard Sachs, chair of Maryland Office Interiors; and Michael Jackson, former Ravens wide receiver.
The orchestral event was instrumental in raising some $550,000 for the BSO.