Princeton Symphony Announces Gala - UNDER THE STARS IN BUENOS AIRES, 4/8
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is preparing to send out invitations for this season's tango-themed gala-Under the Stars in Buenos Aires-featuring the return of violinist Daniel Rowland and his virtuosic performance of music by the tango master Astor Piazzolla with musicians of the PSO. The fundraiser includes cocktails, dinner, dancing, and live auction, and will be held at Jasna Polana on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Music Director Rossen Milanov looks forward to chatting with long-time supporters and newer fans of the orchestra at the cocktail hour. Dancing will be accompanied by an authentic tango band, complete with bandoneon, and Daniel Rowland's passionate, energized playing. Mr. Rowland led the PSO's September concert, a performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Piazzolla's tango-infused Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.
PSO Board of Trustees Chair Emeritus David Tierno is Honorary Chair of the black tie PSO gala, partnering with Gala Chair Stephanie Wedeking to ensure the success of one of Princeton's most eagerly anticipated evenings.
The annual gala is the PSO's most important fundraiser. According to Mr. Tierno, it provides "over 15% of the PSO's operating budget, enabling it to flourish as Princeton's only resident professional orchestra and to be a premiere resource for classical music performances and education in Central New Jersey."
Ms. Wedeking is confident in meeting the gala's fundraising goals with a night to remember, filled with "stirring tango, friends dressed to-the-nines, fabulous auction items, and a romantic venue. I can't imagine a better way to spend a spring evening."
Under Ms. Wedeking's leadership, the PSO Gala Committee has been overseeing invitation design, food and wine selection, and auction offerings. It's members are Sandra Allen, Leigh Bartlett, Elizabeth Beers, Kathleen Biggins, Sherri Bowman, Melanie Clarke, Caroline Clouser, Olive Coghlan, Nora Decker, Jennifer DelVecchio, Polly Edelmann, Martine Elefson, Wendy Golden, Debora Haines, Cynthia Hillas, Betsy Hoover, Lisa Hopper, Anna Horner, Jacqueline Kerrod, Cynthia Larsen, Deborah Lunder, Elinor Lunder, Yvonne Marcuse, Kris Muse, Lucy Anne S. Newman, Susie Paneyko, Elizabeth Pepek, Jacqueline O. Phares, Anne Reeves, Caroline Scriven, Jean Snyder, Sheyda Spies, Suzanne Suarez, Martha Vaughn, Julie Wallace, Louise Wellemeyer, and Mary Wisnovsky.
The PSO connects people of all ages to classical music through Classical Series concerts, PSO POPS! performances, free PSO Chamber Series concerts, lecture series, and PSO BRAVO! education programs. More than 100 PSO BRAVO! performances and events each year engage students at every age level, and are presented free of charge to schools and throughout the community. The PSO relies on fundraising support to bring music to the concert hall and beyond.
ABOUT THE PRINCETON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community and one of New Jersey's finest music organizations, a position established through performances of beloved masterworks, innovative music by living composers, and an extensive network of educational programs offered to area students free of charge. Led by Music Director Rossen Milanov, the PSO presents orchestral, pops, and chamber music programs of the highest artistic quality, supported by lectures and related events that supplement the concert experience. Through PSO BRAVO!, the orchestra produces wide-reaching and impactful education programs in partnership with local schools and arts organizations that culminate in students attending their first live orchestral performance. With considerable community support and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PSO is also a multiple-year recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts' highest honors. The PSO has been recognized for its commitment to new music with an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and a Copland Fund Award. The only independent, professional orchestra to make its home in Princeton, the PSO performs at historic Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.