Pacific Symphony League Presents Art, Music, Fashion & Dining Event Today, 6/11


An afternoon of music, art and fashion comes to Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach when Pacific Symphony's prized support group, the Pacific Symphony League, hosts a fund-raising luncheon to benefit music education programs. Chaired by League member Gwen Williams-fashion entrepreneur, performer and art collector-the luncheon features renowned Beverly Hills designer Ricco Antonio showcasing his latest custom-designed dresses and evening gowns in a fashion show, with music by vocalist and digital keyboard player Jim Roberts. The setting is embellished with original artwork by celebrity artist Pilar Wayne and music by the Laguna Flutes, led by the Symphony's own flute and piccolo player, Cynthia Ellis, which provide an eclectic, jazzy and fresh mix of flute arrangements. Livening up the event even more are both a silent and live auction.

Taking place today, June 11, at 11 a.m., the luncheon is open to anyone with a love for the arts and/or a keen eye for fashion. The cost to attend is $100. For reservations please contact Leslie Fay Vaeth at (714) 876-2374 or For more information on the Pacific Symphony League, please visit (under heading "Support and Events").

"Not only do we get to enjoy a lovely lunch and music by the 'Laguna Flutes,' as they serenade us during the viewing of original artwork," says League President Dorcas 

Preston, "but we will also enjoy the beautiful fashions of the one-and-only Ricco.  With this event we are hoping to gain more members and raise a substantial amount of funds for the Pacific Symphony League to further our support for music education. I want to support children who might not have the opportunities that I did to learn about music."

The Laguna Flutes performance includes a variety of styles and historical periods with piano accompaniment, from arrangements of Bartok's "Rumanian Dances" and Boyce's Symphony No. 1, to original works by Catherine McMichael: "A Gaelic Offering" and "Floris." Two other original works for flute ensemble "Purple Earth" by Samantha Cooke and "Divertimento-Jazz" by Raymond Guiot, are also being showcased.<

As the flutes play, a silent auction gets underway and Wayne's art collection takes center stage. A Peruvian born, multitalented artist, Wayne (former wife of actor John Wayne), is world renowned for her passion for art and music. She has created among her works of art, a collection of still nature, beautiful women, belly dancers, "Glamour Girls" as well as a group of images from the world of Hollywood. Wayne is also a notable author having published several books including her autobiography "John Wayne-My Life with The Duke," and two well-received cookbooks. 

While enjoying the fashion show, guests of the luncheon are treated to chilled golden beet soup shooters, for starters, followed by a marinated grilled chicken salad with pear, walnuts, almonds and raisin salad, and for dessert, a chocolate mousse with a raspberry partisan macaroon. Antonio's creations have been featured at Saks 5th Ave, Lord and Taylor and can now be found in stores from Palm Beach to Beverly Hills. He has designed for Hollywood's elite in the film and television industries, including his current list of prominent, yet very private, Beverly Hills society clientele. Before designing his fashion line, Antonio was a professional dancer, touring through Latin America, Europe and the United States. 

The event finishes with a live auction featuring exciting items, including an original Antonio evening gown, custom designed for the winning bidder, a giclée print of "La Dolce Vita" by Wayne, a one-night stay and brunch for four at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, jewelry, French champagne and more-with all proceeds benefiting Pacific Symphony. 

Founded in 1990, the Pacific Symphony League is a group of 150 men and women who share a love for music and music education for young people. Members of the League volunteer at Symphony education programs and raise funds to support the Symphony through special benefit events and by selling merchandise at concerts in the Symphony shop. The League also meets monthly for a membership luncheon that includes a musical education and performance component.