Red velvet and gold brocade swathed the balcony, crystal chandeliers shimmered overhead, and the sounds of Tchaikovsky resonated through Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The 18th annual Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Gala bore the theme "An Evening In Old St. Petersburg" in honor of the BSO's new maestro Yuri Temirkanov and his good friend, guest cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who started the party performing in concert with the BSO.
After the performance, more than 1,000 guests decorated the hall lobby with their glittery gowns and sleek tuxedos - savoring cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and conversation - before returning to the concert hall for a sumptuous seated dinner.
Among those elegantly assembled: Margaret and Jim McManus, event co-chairs; Lainy LeBow-Sachs, event committee member; Calman J. "Buddy" Zamoiski, Jr., BSO board chair; Peter G. Angelos, Laura Burrows-Jackson, Phil English, Marsha Jews, Sandi Gerstung, Harvey "Bud" Meyerhoff, Ann Rosenberg, Terry M. Rubenstein and J. Scott Wilfong, BSO board members; Linda Hambleton Panitz, BSO board life member; John Gidwitz, BSO president; Lou Kousouris, Baltimore Orioles vice president; Rheda Becker, BSO Young People's Concerts narrator/host; Earl S. Richardson, Morgan State University president; Richard Sher, WJZ-TV reporter; Ted Herget, Asset Strategy Consultants; Frances Reaves, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development manager and team leader; Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Preservation Trust president; Brooke Hodges, Bank of America senior vice president; Ed Berge, retired Chesapeake Motorsports president; and M. Richard Wyman, First Manhattan Company limited partner.
The sophisticated soiree raised $600,000 for the BSO.