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The Cleveland Orchestra Gala 2012

Ken Rapoport, Ellen Connelly and Robert P. Madison
(The Cleveland Orchestra)

Bill and Kathy O”Neill with Dennis and Camille LaBarre
(The Cleveland Orchestra)

Yo-Yo Ma and Gary Hanson
(The Cleveland Orchestra)

Norma Lerner and Beth Mooney
(The Cleveland Orchestra)

 The Cleveland Orchestra
Gala 201

                        The only thing better than hearing The Cleveland Orchestra was hearing it in concert with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
    Some 430 patrons of Gala 2012 were among the sold-out crowd for a performance at Severance Hall, with Carlos Miguel Prieto making his debut conducting the orchestra playing Silvestre Revueltas’ “Sensemaya,” Aaron Copland’s “El Salon Mexico,” and John Williams’ “Elegy for solo cello and orchestra.” Yo-Yo Ma reprised Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto in B minor” that he played in his 1982 debut with The Cleveland Orchestra. His performance and ensuing encore culminated in a rousing standing ovation.
    Norma Lerner was gala chairman and Beth Mooney corporate chairman for the evening that included pre-concert cocktails and, following the performance, a sumptuous three-course dinner executed by Doug Katz, chef/owner of fire! DK Vanderbook Florist created gorgeous centerpieces of alstromeria and curly willow for the tables draped in golden cloths. Tableware featuring exquisite Imari-style plates was flown in from Washington, D.C. Napkins were folded to resemble the keikogi, a traditional Chinese coat.
    Musical Arts Association President Dennis LaBarre announced that nearly $700,000 was raised to benefit The Cleveland Orchestra”s educational and community enrichment programs. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RIDDLE  



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